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Foreign Relations of the United States

U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian

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This archive presents the documentary history of major U.S. foreign policy decisions from the Nixon-Ford, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, and Truman administrations. These declassified records from the Presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, Agency for International Development, other foreign affairs agencies, and the private papers of individuals involved in formulating U.S. foreign policy are divided into 350 volumes organized by presidential administration. They include official reports, correspondence, and transcriptions of Presidential tape recordings. Although there are only a few volumes each for the Nixon-Ford, Eisenhower, and Truman administrations, there are roughly 60 devoted to the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. They range widely in topic and are sorted either by country or subject. Eleven volumes are devoted to Vietnam and the Vietnam War. Others topics include Cuba and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Foreign Economic Policy, the Arab-Israeli Dispute, China, and the Soviet Union. There is no overall search function, but most briefing books begin with a lengthy summary, making their contents easily accessible.

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