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U.S. Government Documents: State Department / Foreign Affairs

Selected State Department Documents and Publications

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. Prior to 1870, the series was published under various names. From 1870 to 1947, the uniform title Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States was used. From 1947 to 1969, the name was changed to Foreign Relations of the United States.

National Security Council

Chaired by the president, the NSC consists of statutory members (the vice president and the secretaries of state and defense), statutory advisers (the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of Central Intelligence), the assistant to the president for National Security Affairs, and professional staff members who are on temporary assignment from the armed forces, the CIA, and elsewhere in the government or who have been recruited from universities and think tanks. The statutory function of the NSC is to advise the president with respect to the integration of domestic, foreign, and military policies relating to national security

National Security Council documents available online from ProQuest History Vault

Includes these files:

  • Documents of the National Security Council, 1947-1977, Basic Set and Supplements 1-9
  • Minutes of Meetings of the National Security Council with Special Advisory Reports and Supplements 1-4, 1947-1960 and 1969-1979
  • War in Vietnam: Classified Histories by the National Security Council

National Security Files

National Security Files  are a key resource for research on U.S. foreign policy and the presidency. They are arranged by administration and then geographically.  The following collections are all available online.  Some of them are also available on microfilm, as indicated below.

National Security Files collections available online through ProQuest History Vault

Lis of  National Security Files Available on Microfilm

Declassified Document Collections

Selected Other Department of State Records


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