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Find Treaties or U.S. Foreign Policy Documents

How do I find treaties or U.S. foreign policy documents?

 

Foreign Relations of the United States

Records of American diplomacy from 1861 to 1976 (but an ongoing series) that include diplomatic communications, memoranda, notes, telegrams and other documents that trace the formulation of foreign-policy decisions. See the list of all published volumes.

Electronic Access:
1861-1976: Hein Online (Emory only)
1861-1960 University of Wisconsin
1945-1976 Department of State

In print, we have volumes covering the years from 1861 to 1976. Print volumes are in the government documents shelving on Level 1, under call number S 1.1


See also: Major publications of the U.S. Department of State


Department of State Dispatch and Department of State Bulletin

The Bulletin was published from 1939-1989, and continued by the Dispatch, which was published from 1990-1999. These publications include speeches and testimony from State Department officials, policy statements and profiles of countries.

Department of State Bulletin
Electronic version (1939-1989) available from Hein Online (Emory only) in the Treaties and Agreements Library.
In print, we have 1939-1989. Print volumes are in the government documents shelving (GOVDOCS) on Level 1, under call number S 1.3:

Department of State Dispatch
Electronic version (1990-1999) available from Hein Online (Emory only) and Proquest Research Library (Emory only).
In print, we have 1990-1999. Print volumes are in the government documents shelving (GOVDOCS) on Level 1, under call number S 1.3/5:


The following advanced search in discoverE will retrieve a huge number of items, many of them confidential documents from the Department of State and the national security files of various presidents:


Treaty Documents

This information page from Hein Online explains treaties publications very well.

To find FULL-TEXT treaty documents for 1776-1949, use the 13 volume Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States of America available online in Hein Online's Treaty and Agreements Library.

For 1950-1984, use United States Treaties and Other International Agreements, also available online in Hein Online's Treaty and Agreements Library.

For 1982-present online and 1984-1996 in print, use the Treaties and International Act Series (individually printed treaties as opposed to the bound volumes listed above) also available online as TIAS Agreements in Hein Online's Treaty and Agreements Library.


To find out which treaties are currently in force, use Treaties in Force. This publication lists treaties and other international agreements of the United States on record in the Department of State as being in force as of January 1 of the specified year. The latest edition is online.  Volumes covering 1929 to the present are also available online in Hein Online's Treaty and Agreements Library. To determine the status of recent treaties, use U.S. Department of State TREATY ACTIONS


Indexes for treaties include:

United States Treaties and Other International Agreements Cumulative Index, 1776-1949
REF JX231 .K4 (4 vols)
This is followed by the following supplements:
1950-1970 REF JX231 .K38 (4 vols)
1971-1975 REF JX231 .K37
1976-1979 REF JX231 .K412 1985
These volumes are in the Reference shelving on Level 2.

Current Treaty Index 1982-1999 REF JX231 .K421 These volumes are in the Reference shelving on Level 2. Also in Hein Online from 1982-1999.

A Guide to the United States Treaties in Force 1983-present REF JX231 .G85 These volumes are in the Reference shelving on Level 2. Also in Hein Online from 1982-present.


Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy -- The Avalon Project (Yale) An ever-growing collection of primary source texts dealing with law, history, and diplomacy from the ancient world to the present, with emphasis on European and United States history from the 18th through 21st centuries.

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