AMERICAN FOREIGN RELATIONS
REFERENCE GUIDE

 


Last updated: February 26, 2008

Page Editor: Michael Unsworth


Sources Of Diplomatic Information
Department Of State Official Pronouncements | Primary Sources
Reference Works |
Bibliographies
Treaties | Congressional Sources
Newspapers And Periodicals | Subject Searching in the Online Catalog
Internet Resources
Location Guide

 SOURCES OF DIPLOMATIC INFORMATION

Chiefs of State and Cabinet members of foreign governments. 1972- . DOCS PrEx3.11/2.

Diplomatic list. 1928- . DOCS S 1.8. Latest edition: REF (ask at desk). JX1705 .A22

Foreign consular offices in the United States. 1972- . DOCS S 1.69/2: Latest edition: REF Quick Reference (ask at desk).

DEPARTMENT OF STATE OFFICIAL PRONOUNCEMENTS

Department of State bulletin. 1939-1989:

Department of State dispatch.

Paper: 1990-1999. DOCS S1.3/5
Web: 1993-1996 (University of Illinois at Chicago: PDF format)
Web: 1997-1999 (U.S. Dept. of State)

Department of State "Issues and Press" (George W. Bush Administration)

Department of State policy {Clinton Administration)
This web site "is a permanent electronic archive of information released prior to January 20, 2001....This site is not updated so external links may no longer function."

American Foreign Policy Series (In Chronological Order)

Decade of American foreign policy : basic documents 1941-1949. Rev. ed. DOCS S1.69: 415

American foreign policy, 1950-1955. DOCS S1.71:117

American foreign policy current documents. 1956-1967; 1981-1990. DOCS S1.71/2 (1968-1976 still in preparation)

American foreign policy basic documents, 1977-1980. DOCS S1.69: 346

PRIMARY SOURCES

General Coverage

American State Papers. Class I: Foreign Relations. Washington, Gales & Seaton, 1832-1835. DOCS Serial Set 01-06
Covers the period 1789-1828.

Central Foreign Policy Files, created, 7/1973 - 12/1974, documenting the period 1973 ? - 12/1974 - Record Group 59 (National Archives and Records Adminsitration) -- online database of State Department electronic telegrams and electronic withdrawal cards. Online introduction produced by the non-profit National Security Archive.

Declassified documents reference system: Indexes and Abstracts. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Sources Media. CD-ROM Server; used in conjunction with DOCS Microfiche J83. Description

Diplomatic correspondence of the American Revolution. Boston : N. Hale and Gray & Bowen, 1829-1830. MAIN E249 .U581 & MICROFICHE E249 .U5812

Documents of the National Security Council. 1947- . MICROFILM 17183 Guide is in the Microforms Reference Collection at: UA23.A2 D5

The Emerging Nation: A Documentary History Of The Foreign Relations Of The United States Under The Articles of Confederation, 1780-1789. Washington, U.S. National Archives, 1996. DOCS AE 1.114/3: N 21

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)

Frontline Diplomacy: The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training

Public Papers Of The President. Washington: U.S.G.P.O. DOCS AE2.114 -- From Hoover (1929) onwards except for Franklin Roosevelt which is at MAIN E806 .R749.
Online Versions:

Two centuries of U.S. foreign policy : the documentary record. Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1995. MAIN E183.7 .T88 1995

Regional Coverage

Diplomatic correspondence of the United States: Canadian relations, 1784-1860. Washington, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1940-1945. MAIN E183.8.C2 M3

Diplomatic correspondence of the United States concerning the independence of the Latin-American nations. New York [etc.] Oxford University Press [c1925-26] MAIN F1418 .M27

Diplomatic correspondence of the United States: Inter-American affairs, 1831-1860. Washington, Carnegie Endowment For International Peace, 1932-39. MAIN F1418 .M273

REFERENCE WORKS

America's diplomats and consuls of 1776-1865 : a geographic and biographic directory of the Foreign Service from the Declaration of Independence to the end of the Civil War. Washington, Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Dept. of State,1986 [i.e. 1987]. DOCS JX1706.A59 S55 1986

Chronological history of U.S. foreign relations. 2nd ed.New York : Routledge, 2003. REF E183.7 .B745 2003

Dictionary of American diplomatic history. 2nd ed. New York : Greenwood Press, c1989. REF E183.7 .F5 1989

Dictionary of American foreign affairs. New York : Macmillan, c1993. REF E183.7 .F58 1993

Encyclopedia of American foreign policy. New York : Facts On File, c2004.REF E183.7 .H28 2004

Encyclopedia of American foreign policy. New York : Scribner, 2002. .REF E183.7 .E53 2002

Encyclopedia of American foreign policy : studies of the principal movements and ideas. New York : Scribner, c1978. REF JX1407 .E53

Encyclopedia of U.S. foreign relations. New York : Oxford University Press, 1997. MAIN E183.7 .E53 1997

Global connections : America's role in the 21st century. Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2002 MAIN E895 .F45 2002

Historical dictionaries of U.S. diplomacy series (Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005-[2007]):

  1. Historical dictionary of U.S. diplomacy from the Civil War to World War I . REF E661.7 .B55 2005
  2. Historical dictionary of United States-China relations MAIN E183.8.C5 S883 2006
  3. Historical dictionary of United States-Latin American relations REF F1418 .S638 2007
  4. Historical dictionary of United States-Japan relations REF E183.8.J3 V36 2007
  5. Historical dictionary of United States-Middle East relations On Order
  6. Historical dictionary of U.S. diplomacy since the Cold War On Order

Historical encyclopedia of U.S. presidential use of force, 1789-2000 Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2001. REF E176.1 .H56 2001

Principal officers of the Department of State and United States Chiefs of Mission, 1778-1990. Washington: Dept. of State, 1990. DOCS S1.2:OF2/1778-1990 & Department of State Web version  

BIBLIOGRAPHIES

American foreign policy and treaty index. 1993-present. DOCS IR JX1417 .C66 (Shelved as S 1.1)

American foreign relations since 1600 : a guide to the literature. Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-Clio, c2003. REF E183.7 .A52 2003

Guide to the diplomatic history of the United States, 1775-1921. Washington, U.S. Govt. print. off., 1935. MAIN Z6465.U5 B4

Department of State and American diplomacy : a bibliography. New York : Garland Pub., 1986. CONREF JX1706 .G63 1986

U.S. foreign relations : a guide to information sources. Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c1980. MAIN Z6465.U5 P52

TREATIES

Treaties and other international agreements of the United States of America, 1776-1949 [Washington] : U.S. Dept. of State, 1976. DOCS S 9.12/2

United States treaties and other international agreements. Washington : Dept. of State, 1950- . DOCS S 9.12
Often lags 10 years after ratification

Treaties and other international acts series (TIAS): current individual treaties. Washington : Dept. of State. DOCS S9.10
Often lags 5 years after ratification.

Treaties in force : a list of treaties and other international agreements of the United States in force on ... Washington : Dept. of State. DOCS S9.14 (Latest ed. In DOCS IR )

CONGRESSIONAL SOURCES

Indexing Tools

LexisNexis Congressional -- This online resource contains a broad range of Congressional information is provided including bill tracking. It includes:

CIS U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings Index, 1833-1969. Bethesda, Md.: Congressional Information Service. DOCS IR Congressional Reference Z1223 .A2 C5

CIS U.S. Congressional Committee Prints Index from the Earliest Publications Through 1969. Bethesda, Md.: Congressional Information Service. DOCS IR Congressional Reference Z1223 .Z7 C66

CIS Congressional Information Service Index, 1970- . Bethesda, Md.: Congressional Information Service. DOCS IR Congressional Reference J69.C58
Includes Congressional Reports, Hearings, Committee Prints, and other documents; has subject/name, title, and legislative history indexes and appendices.

Congressional Primary Sources

Congressional Record. Washington, U.S. Government Printing Office.

1. Cumulated bound volumes (1873- ): Room WG-7, Basement, West Wing X [Session number]
2. Daily (1978- ) DOCS MICROFICHE X [Session number]
3. Online (1995- )

Executive sessions of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 1947/48- . Washington : U.S.G.P.O. DOCS Y4.F76/2:Ex3/2

Major Studies and Issue Briefs of the Congressional Research Service. 1916- . Bethesda, Md.: Congressional Information Service. DOCS IR Congressional Reference JK1108 .G82

NEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS:
Newspaper Indexes

New York Times -- considered the U.S.' "newspaper of record" since its inception in 1851. The MSU Library has a full run on microfilm from 1851 to the present. We keep the printed version until the microfilm arrives. The film is located in the first section of microfilm shelves in MICRO .

Times (London, England)

1785-present. REF AI21 .T46
1790-1905 Palmer's Index to the Times 1790-1905
1906-1980 Official Index to The Times

Periodicals
Indexes

America: History and Life
Covers U.S. and Canadian History

Historical Abstracts
Covers the modern period (1450-present) for the Eastern Hemisphere, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Public Affairs Information Service bulletin:

1915-1990. MAIN Z7163 .P9
1972-present. FirstSearch

Social Sciences Abstracts. 1983- present. FirstSearch

Full Text

World Politics:

Vol. 1 (1948)-47 (1994) JSTOR
Vol. 48 (1995)-present Project Muse

Foreign Policy. Issue102 (Spring 1996)-present ProQuest Research Library


SUBJECT SEARCHING IN THE ONLINE CATALOG
:

Basic Searches:

Subject searches must use a heading established by the Library of Congress. You can find these headings in the subject lines of MAGIC records or use the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH: huge red volumes, close to most MAGIC terminals in the basement) to find the correct form of the term. Unfortunately, these books do not list most organizations or people. If you have problems, ask for help at a reference desk.

Subdivisions used after the names of countries:

NOTE: The long dash in LCSH is input into MAGIC as two short dashes (--)

--Armed forces--[Location]

--Boundaries--[Location]

--Colonies

--Commerce

--Commercial policy

--Commercial treaties

--Cultural policy

--Defenses

--Departments

--Dependency on [Location]

--Dependency on foreign countries

--Description and travel

--Diplomatic and consular services--[Location]

--Economic conditions

--Economic policy

--Emigration and immigration

--Ethnic relations

--Executive departments

--Exiles

--Foreign economic relations--[Location]

--Foreign public opinion

--Foreign public opinion, British [Japanese, Arab, etc.]

--Foreign population

--Foreign relations--[Location]

--Foreign relations administration

--Frontier troubles

--Gazetteers

--Government publications

--History

--History, Military

--History, Naval

--Industries

--International status

--Kings and rulers

--Maps

--Military policy

--Military relations--[Location]

--Military relations--Foreign countries

--National security

--Neutrality

--Officials and employees

--Politics and government

--Presidents (Except for U.S.; heading is "President--United States")

--Princes and princesses

--Queens

--Race relations

--Relations--[Location]

--Relations--Foreign countries

--Royal household

--Rural conditions

--Social conditions

--Social life and customs

--Statistics

--Territorial expansion

--Territories and possessions

--Travel regulations

Examples:
United States--Foreign relations--Germany
Saudi Arabia--Foreign opinion, British
Canada--Gazetteers
Nicaragua--Officials and employees
Uganda--Military relations--Tanzania
Great Britain--Relations--Argentina

Chronological Periods for "United States--Foreign Relations--"

To 1775

To 1865

1775-1783

1783-1815

1783-1865

1789-1797

1789-1809

1797-1801

1801-1809

1801-1815

1809-1812

1809-1817

1812-1815

1815-1861

1817-1825

1825-1829

1829-1837

1841-1845

1845-1849

1849-1853

1853-1857

1857-1861

1861-1865

1865-

1865-1898

1865-1921

1869-1877

1881-1885

1897-1901

20th century

1901-1909

1909-1913

1913-1921

1921-1923

1923-1929

1929-1933

1933-1945

1945-1953

1945-1989

1953-1961

1961-1963

1963-1969

1969-1974

1974-1977

1977-1981

1981-1989

1989-

1989-1993

1993-2001

2001-

 

 

INTERNET RESOURCES

U.S. Dept. of State
American Diplomacy -- An electronic journal of commentary, analysis, and research on American foreign policy and its practice.
American Society of International Law
Defense and International Relations (FirstGov Site)
Electronic Research Collection (ERC)--Archive of US State Department website and US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; 1993-present
Foreign Affairs (journal)
U.S. Diplomacy: An Online Exploration of Diplomatic History and Foreign Affairs
United States Foreign Policy (U. of Michigan Library)

LOCATION GUIDE

CONREF

Separate temporary Location at Reference Collection, 1st Floor, East Wing

DOCS

Government Documents, Third Floor, West Wing

DOCS IR

Government Documents Information/Reference, 1st Floor, East Wing

MAIN

MAIN Library Stacks

MICROFICHE

Microfiche Collection, Microforms Library, 2nd Floor, West Wing

MICROFILM

Microfilm Collection, Microforms Library, 2nd Floor, West Wing

REF

MAIN Library Reference, 1st Floor, West Wing

REMOTE

Remote Storage Facility. Click here to request material.

 


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