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Foreign relations of the United States (1938-1963)

The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. The series is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian and printed volumes are available from the Government Printing Office. The volumes contain documents from various Presidential libraries, the Department of State and Defense, the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies as well as the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy.

The Foreign Relations volumes have been compiled on an annual basis since the publication of diplomatic correspondence which accompanied President Lincoln’s first annual message to Congress (1861). The Library collection comprises 59 volumes of papers covering the years 1938 to 1963, 36 volumes concentrating on the years of the Second World War and 23 volumes dealing with the post-war recovery and up to the Vietnam War. The material covers not just relations between the USA and Britain and Europe but also with the American republics and the Middle and Far East. (59 volumes, published 1954-1994).