Public Can Now Access FBI’s ‘The Vault,’ Contains Almost 7,000 Documents

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includes many new FBI files

“The Vault” is the FBI’s new FOIA Library, containing 6,700 documents and other media that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office.

“The Vault” is the FBI’s new FOIA Library, containing 6,700 documents and other media that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office. 

Included are many new FBI files that have been released to the public but never added to the FBI website; dozens of records previously posted on the FBI site but removed as requests diminished; files from the FBI’s previous FOIA Library, and new, previously unreleased files.

The Vault includes several new tools and resources for your convenience:

  • Searching for Topics: You can browse or search for specific topics or persons (like Al Capone or Marilyn Monroe) by viewing our alphabetical listing, by using the search tool in the upper right of this site, or by checking the different category lists that can be found in the menu on the right side of this page. In the search results, click on the folder to see all of the files for that particular topic.
  • Searching for Key Words: Thanks to new technology the FBI has developed, you can now search for key words or phrases within some individual files. You can search across all the FBI electronic files by using the search tool in the upper right of this site, or you can search for key words within a specific document by typing in terms in the search box in the upper right hand of the file after it has been opened and loaded. Note: since many of the files include handwritten notes or are not always in optimal condition due to age, this search feature does not always work perfectly.
  • Viewing the Files: We are now using an open source web document viewer, so you no longer need your own file software to view the FBI records. When you click on a file, it loads in a reader that enables you to view one or two pages at a time, search for key words, shrink or enlarge the size of the text, use different scroll features, and more. In many cases, the quality and clarity of the individual files has also been improved.
  • Requesting a Status Update: Use our new Check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request tool to determine where your request stands in our process. Status information is updated weekly. Note: You need your FOI/PA request number to use this feature.

Please note: the content of the files in the Vault encompasses all time periods of Bureau history and do not always reflect the current views, policies, and priorities of the FBI.

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