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HIST 350 - History U.S. Foreign Relations: Foreign Relations of the U.S.

About the 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. The volumes published over the last two decades increasingly contain declassified records from all the foreign affairs agencies." (About FRUS)

US Department of State

Online Access

There are two ways you may need to access the FRUS online:

Office of the Historian
U.S Department of State                                                              

  • Covers 1945-1980 (1980 is most recent published)
  • Can search within individual volumes or browse by administration

Digital Collections
University of Wisconsin

  • Covers 1861-1960 (there may be a few missing volumes as they are continuously adding to the collection)
  • Can browse by volume
  • Can limit search to full text

Print Access

Each state has a federal depository program to collect government documents. These libraries are open to the public. Two libraries that should have print copies of much of what you are looking for are the New York State Library and SUNY Albany.

***We advise that if you want to travel to a library to view the documents in person, that you contact the library ahead of time to make sure that they have the particular volume that you are looking for***

New York State Library
Cultural Education Center
Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York 12230-0001
State University of New York, Albany
University Library
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 1222