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Selected 20th Century Records of the U.S State Department

The Department is responsible for planning and implementing American foreign policy. The Secretary of State is the President’s chief advisor for foreign affairs.  As such, records of the U.S. State Department are crucial starting points for research in U.S. foreign relations.  Note that many documents, especially after World War II, are classified and only available through declassified document sets or FOIA requests, if at all.  Over time other structures such as the Department of Defense, NSC and CIA took over some functions of the Department of State and thus kept their own records which are also important tools for studying foreign relations.

It is possible to search all of the below sets along with large collections of 19th century State Department Records and British foreign relations material by using the Gale Artemis database: http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/115778

Additional U.S. State Department Records from the 1960s as well as Diplomatic Post Records, Military Intelligence Reports, Documents of the National Security Council, Selected CIA records, and National Security Files (the records of the President and special advisors) are available in History Vault: http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/101485

Foreign Relations Between Latin America And The Caribbean States, 1930-1944

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Foreign Relations Between The US, Latin America And The Caribbean States, 1930-1944

Chinese Civil War and U.S.-China Relations: Records of the U.S. State Department‘s Office of Chinese Affairs, 1945-1955

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India from Crown Rule to Republic, 1945-1949: Records of the U.S. State Department

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India-Pakistan Conflict: Records of the U.S. State Department, February 1963-1966

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Japan 1930-1949: U.S. State Department Records on the Internal Affairs of Japan

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Morocco 1950-1959: U.S. State Department Records on the Internal Affairs of Morocco

Aden Records of the U.S. Department of State 1880-1906

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Argentina: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1960-1963

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Bolivia: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1960-1963

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Brazil: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1960-1963

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Chile: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1930-1963

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China: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1940-1944

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Colombia: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1960-1963

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Ecuador: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1960-1963

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Egypt: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1853-1962

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Iran (Persia): Records of the U.S. Department of State 1883-1959

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Iraq: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1888-1944

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Japan: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1950-1959

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Korea: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1930-1963

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Lebanon Palestine Syria Trans-Jordan: U.S. State Department Records 1836-1944

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Libya Records of the U.S. Department of State 1796-1885

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Morocco: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1797-1929

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Nicaragua: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1960-1963

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Pakistan, Crown Rule to Republic: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1945-1949

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Palestine and Israel: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1945-1959

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Panama: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1950-1963

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Peru: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1960-1963

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Saudi Arabia: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1930-1959

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Turkey: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1802-1949

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Venezuela: Records of the U.S. Department of State 1960-1963

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