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Getting started with U.S. foreign relations research

  • Orbis (Yale Library catalog)
    The Orbis catalog is a good place to start your foreign relations research--you can use it to locate government documents, including publications from the U.S. State Department, congressional materials, and more. Try "United States Dept. of State" as an author search, with additional keywords to hone in on your topic.
  • ProQuest Congressional (Yale subscription)
    Full-text access to Congressional documents including bills, hearings, the Congressional Record, the Serial Set, and more.
  • Primary Sources on American Foreign Relations
    A comprehensive guide to primary source collections at Yale related to the study of American foreign relations. In addition to providing information about relevant manuscript and archival collections, this guide also highlights specific government documents.
  • American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature (Yale subscription)
    Guide to primary and secondary sources for the study of American foreign relations, produced by ABC-Clio and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR). The chapter on "Reference Works and Bibliographies" gives a good overview of the types of resources that foreign relations historians use, along with how/where to find these resources.
 

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)

"The Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The series, which is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian, began in 1861 and now comprises more than 450 individual volumes. The volumes published over the last two decades increasingly contain declassified records from all the foreign affairs agencies." (U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian)

Declassified documents

Diplomatic dispatches

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) & Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS)

Treaties and legal resources

Additional resources for foreign affairs research

State Department electronic archives

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