This collection has been divided into four series. Series 1 contains documents from Spetrino’s personnel file. These include security and background checks, military appointments, education certificates, and programs from events, as well as other personal documents.
Series 2 is concerned with propaganda. As an intelligence officer, Spetrino was very interested in psychological operations and propaganda. The majority of this series is a set of examples of propaganda images and reports, mainly on the Soviet Union, the World Wars, and United States operations in the Middle East. Series 2 also contains a number of interesting artifacts, including two sets of playing cards, an envelope of leaflets dropped in the Middle East, and a lighter showing Osama bin Laden’s face next to an image of the World Trade Center being struck by a plane.
Series 3 contains publications. These are items that Spetrino collected during his lifetime, and have a central theme of naval operations, intelligence, and the Soviets. The material ranges from journal articles to Spetrino’s personal research, and covers the 1960s to the 2010s.
Series 4 is the largest, and includes training and reference materials from all points in Spetrino’s career. Major topics covered by the course materials and handbooks include the Soviets, psychological operations, and CIA operations.