Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984

  • Series Name: Archives Unbound Series
  • Published By:
  • Online Resources
  • Price:  Call your Representative
Request a FREE Trial



Black Americans of all political persuasions were subject to federal scrutiny, harassment and prosecution. The FBI enlisted black "confidential special informants" to infiltrate a variety of organizations. Hundreds of documents in this collection were originated by such operatives. The reports provide a wealth of detail on "Negro" radicals and their organizations that can be found nowhere else.

This collection consists of a select group of small microfilm products including:

  • COINTELPRO: Black Nationalist "Hate" Groups
  • FBI File on A. Philip Randolph
  • FBI File on Adam Clayton Powell
  • FBI File on the Atlanta Child Murders
  • FBI File on the Black Panther Party, North Carolina
  • FBI File on the Committee for Public Justice
  • FBI File on Elijah Muhammed
  • FBI File on the Highlander Folk School
  • FBI File on the Ku Klux Klan Murder of Viola Liuzzo
  • FBI File on Malcolm X
  • FBI File: MIBURN (Mississippi Burning)
  • FBI File on the Moorish Science Temple of America
  • FBI File on the Murder of Lemuel Penn
  • FBI File on Muslim Mosque, Inc.
  • FBI File on the NAACP
  • FBI File on the National Negro Congress
  • FBI File on the Organization of Afro-American Unity
  • FBI File on Paul Robeson
  • FBI File on the Reverend Jesse Jackson
  • FBI File on Roy Wilkins
  • FBI File on the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • FBI File on Thurgood Marshall
  • FBI File on W. E. B. Du Bois
  • FBI Investigation File on Communist Infiltration of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • FBI Surveillance File: Malcolm X
  • FBI Investigation File on Marcus Garvey

This product is part of:


Archives Unbound Series

Introducing Archives Unbound -- a vast new resource that combines the best of legacy microfilms from Gale and Primary Source Media and new, never-before-filmed collections. Specifically developed to address the needs of individual scholars, universities, and organizations, Archives Unbound is unique not only for its expansive, multi-disciplinary content but also for the distinct new intuitive search platform by which it is accessed.

Additional Product Information


"The content of Archives Unbound makes it an excellent resource for students doing research in political science, history, or ethnic studies, as well as multidisciplinary research. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." --Choice, March 2011 

— Choice

"...provides a platform for various historical document archives, making them more accessible to scholars. The content is unquestionably important" --Booklist, May 2010

— Deborah Rollins