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Resource Guide:
Spies, Conspiracies, and Subversives

Sample Call Numbers

Topic Call Number
United States History — Political HistoryE183-E183.3
United States — Diplomatic History — Foreign and General RelationsE 183.7-E183.9
Twentieth Century — Political History — Un-American activitiesE 743.5
Military Administration — IntelligenceUB 25-UB 271
United States Government — Public AdministrationJK 404-JK 1685

Sample Subject Headings

Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.

  • Spies — United States
  • Subversive activities — United states — History — Twentieth Century
  • Espionage — United States — 20th century
  • Women spies
  • Intelligence service
  • Intelligence Service — United States — Evaluation
  • Conspiracy theories
  • Conspiracty theories — United States — History — Encyclopedias

Sample Materials at Von Canon Library

Title Call Number
James Jesus Angleton, the CIA, and the craft of counterintelligenceJK 468 .I6 H65
Comrade J : the untold secrets of Russia’s master spy in America after the end of the Cold WarJN 6529 .O6 E17
Insidious foes : the Axis fifth column and the American home frontE 743.5 .M15
Spy : the inside story of how the FBI’s Robert Hanssen betrayed AmericaUB 271 .R92 H3723
American Brutus : John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln conspiraciesE 457.5 .K38
Conspiracy in Camelot the complete history of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedye-Book
Alger Hiss’s looking-glass wars the covert life of a Soviet spye-Book
Subversion as foreign policy : the secret Eisenhower and Dulles debacle in IndonesiaE 183.8 .I5 K34
Covering McCarthyism how the Christian Science monitor handled Joseph R. McCarthy, 1950-1954e-Book
A Yankee spy in Richmond the Civil War diary of “Crazy Bet” Van Lewe-Book
Traitors among us : inside the spy catcher’s worldUB 271 .U5 H47
Spies without cloaks : the KGB’s successorsHV 8227.2 .A3 K59
Subversives : the FBI’s war on student radicals, and Reagan’s rise to powerLD 760 .R67 2012
The wolves at the door : the true story of America’s greatest female spyUB 271 .U52 G6 2005
The CIA’s RussiansJK 468 .I6 H375 2003
Spies, patriots, and traitors : American intelligence in the Revolutionary WarE 279 .D35 2014
ˆA‰ Very Principled Boy The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold WarriorE 748 .L46 B73 2014
Double cross : the true story of the D-Day spiesD 810 .S8 M237 2012
The irregulars : Roald Dahl and the British spy ring in wartime WashingtonD 810 .S8 D234 2008
American Spies : Espionage Against the US From the Cold War to the Presente-Book
Eyes on Spies : Congress and the United States Intelligence Communitye-Book

Research Databases

Relevant Journals and Magazines

  • Intelligence and National Security
  • International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
  • American Intelligence Journal
  • Studies in Intelligence
  • National Reconnaissance: Journal of the Discipline and Practice
  • Journal of National Security Law & Policy
  • Harvard National Security Journal
  • Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

These are just examples. To find more, or to look for a specific journal or periodical, search our Journals.

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