Follow the U.S. Department of State Office of the Historian on Twitter for updates on researching foreign relations, foreign policy, and Department of State records. For example, check out this informative tweet about their index to foreign relations documents published in the Serial Set:
- In 1817, Congress began publishing foreign affairs documentation in the Serial Set. Check out our index here: go.usa.gov/3CpfG #FRUS.
The Serial Set is digitized and fully available in ProQuest Congressional.
Also worth noting from their Twitter feed, 20 newly digitized Foreign Relations volumes have been released. The Office of the Historian has partnered with the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center, to digitize the entire Foreign Relations series.
“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 the Foreign Relations of the United States Series)
Recent volumes of FRUS (from the Truman administration through the Carter administration) are available from the Office of the Historian’s Historical Documents web page.
The entire published Foreign Relations series (comprising more than 600 published books) is available in digitized format (PDF) from the Lincoln administration (1861) to the Carter administration (1980) in HeinOnline.
As an additional bonus to the researcher, the Office of the Historian also offers a guide to Citing the Foreign Relations Series.