This new addition to the Harry S. Truman Library's digital archives (see the July 17, 1998 Scout Report
) commemorates the 1948-49 Berlin airlift, with primary documents, photos, and excerpts from a history of the airlift. The site features thirteen collections of primary materials, including declassified CIA reports and State Department research folders, Cabinet meeting minutes, letters, and press conference transcripts. Each collection offers basic information on the documents (author, recipient, date, number of pages, etc.), a brief summary, and a link to digitized images. The featured secondary text excerpts, from D.M. Giangreco and Robert E. Griffin, Airbridge to Berlin -- The Berlin Crisis of 1948, its Origins and Aftermath,
are arranged in topical sections and offer a helpful and concise background and overview of the political and social aspects of the airlift. Finally, the Photo Gallery contains over 100 images from the airlift, listed by caption. While some scholars will undoubtedly appreciate online access to the original documents, the site's blend of primary and secondary sources make it an excellent supplement to a university or advanced secondary school course.
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