TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY Pickler Memorial Library Truman State University

FBI File on Malcolm X

Microform Collection


Location:  Microfilm E 185.97 L5 F23 1995

Scope:     This file documents the life of Malcolm X, beginning with his involvement with the Nation of Islam until his assassination on February 21, 1965.  

How to search the collection The collection is contained on 10 rolls of microfilm and is accompanied by a print guide that provides some description of the contents ("Roll Notes").  The documents were filmed in the order they were received from the FBI and are in approximate chronological order (though the FBI did not index documents).  While these files have been released under the Freedom of Information Act, "certain documents or portions of documents have been deleted by the FBI pursuant to provisions of that legislation".  Also, the Roll Notes, while not a complete inventory of the files, "is an indication of the types of material or specific documents that may be particularly worthwhile for research"  From the Introduction of the print guide to the collection
Some documents of this collection may also be accessed (in PDF format) at:

     excerpt from Roll Notes:

                          Section 1                                          Roll 1, 0003-0121
                         Subject of security investigation due to Communist ties
                         Communist Party Activities
                         Activities with Muslim Cult of Islam (MCI)
                         Background and Arrest Record

GuidesGuide to the Microfilm Edition of the FBI File on Malcolm X.
Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, 1996.  (Microfilm E 185.97 L5 F23 Guide).
The Introduction provides some biographical information on Malcolm X.

For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out these
Subject Categories:

X, Malcolm, 1925-1965 

Black Muslims 

African Americans--Civil Rights 

Black Muslims--Biography

Time Period: 
20th Century

Subject keywords: African American Studies, Civil Rights, FBI Documents

Back to Alphabetical List of Microform Collections


Encouraging Discovery