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Korean Studies: Government Documents

A research guide for both online and print resources related to Korean studies available at Yale University Library.

Using Government Documents

Government documents include the records of any official body, ranging from local to international levels. There exist a considerable number of documents from and related to Korea, although the majority of non-Korean language sources tend to focus on post-1866 affairs. The records of the U.S. Department of State or the British Foreign Office, for instance, contain many documents concerning trade, international treaties, expatriate concerns in Korea, diplomatic issues on the Asian continent, and so on.

Korean Government Documents in English

North Korea

Legal Resources and Treaties

The Yale Law Library's Country by Country Guide to Foreign Law Research highlights resources related to law in North Korea and South Korea. If your research involves international law (legal relations between nations/states), consult YLL's resources for Foreign, International, and Transnational Law

To find the text of treaties, begin with the UN Treaty Collection.

Inter-governmental Organizations (IGOs)

United States and Korea

The Foreign Relations of the United States series is an essential source for U.S. foreign affairs and diplomatic history. Produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian, FRUS is compiled from declassified documents including memos, cables, reports, and more. You can access FRUS:

Britain and Korea

Korean War