Confessions Of A Former CIA Librarian

03/23/2011 11:23 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Glenna Hall The Atlantic

When Jim asked us to send him some biographical information, I mentioned that during my five-year stint at the U.S. Library of Congress, I had worked for several obscure non-library-service outfits, one of which was funded by the CIA. At that time, in the late '60s and early '70s, there were numerous peculiar units stuck around LOC -- in basements, in the stacks, in odd corners. (For almost a year, another group I worked for was tucked away beneath the gorgeous ceiling of the Great Hall during a major overhaul of the Reading Room. See the photo after the break.) Why was all this stuff located there? Well, that's where the books were.

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