January 27, 2022

New Full Text Book Online: “Notes From Our Attic: A Curator’s Pocket History of the CIA”

This full text book (104 pages; PDF) was recently made available on the Central Intelligence Agency’s web site.

Book Title

Notes From Our Attic: A Curator’s Pocket History of the CIA
“Produced by The CIA Museum Staff with exceptional contributions by CIA Museum Staff Historian Samuel J. Cooper-Wall and Museum Contract Historian Nicholas E. Reynolds.”


History can be studied in more than one way. You can learn about facts and ideas from books. You can search for the documents that the books are based on. You can take the material approach: go to the places where history was made, perhaps join a group of re-enactors, and absorb the atmosphere. Or you can go to a museum. Museums are where you discover history by studying things, that is, artifacts, in context. What we do here is tell the story of the Central Intelligence Agency through a selection of the artifacts collected by the CIA Museum, often called “The Best Museum You’ve Never Seen” because we display our artifacts in their true CIA context—but only staff and official visitors to the CIA Headquarters compound can see them.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.