The following databases will provide you access to declassfied documents relating to U.S. foreign relations.
Despite all the information produced by the federal government, there are times when you cannot find what you need. Sometimes you need to ask the government to make information, however classified, available to you as a member of the public. Luckily there is a formalized process to possibly obtain such information using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). While making a FOIA request is not difficult, understanding what is exempt from FOIA will provide for a successful experience. FOIA only applies to executive agencies (agencies and departments that report to the President--Congress and the Federal Courts are exempt from FOIA). The following will help guide you through the process of conducting a FOIA request.