This volume was prepared under the direct supervision of E. Ralph Perkins,
formerly Chief of the Foreign Relations Division. He was assisted by S. Everett
Gleason, the present head of the Division. The compilers of the volume were
Rogers P. Churchill, William Slany, John G. Reid, and former staff members N. O.
Sappington and Douglas W. Houston. Acknowledgment is also made to the historians
of the Department of Defense for their assistance in the compilation and editing
of this volume.
The Publishing and Reproduction Services Division (Jerome H. Perlmutter, Chief)
was responsible for the technical editing of the volume. This function was
performed in the Historical Editing Section under the direct supervision of
Elizabeth A. Vary, Chief, and Ouida J. Ward, Assistant Chief.
William M. Franklin
Director, Historical Office
Bureau of Public Affairs
November 6, 1967
Principles for the Compilation and Editing of “Foreign
The principles which guide the compilation and editing of Foreign Relations are stated in Department of State Regulation
1350 of June 15, 1961, a revision of the order approved on March 26, 1925,
by Mr. Frank B. Kellogg, then Secretary of State. The text of the current
regulation is printed below:
1350 Documentary Record of American
1351 Scope of Documentation
The publication Foreign Relations of the United States,
Diplomatic Papers, constitutes the official record of the foreign
policy of the United States. These volumes include, subject to necessary
security considerations, all documents needed to give a comprehensive record
of the major foreign policy decisions within the range of the Department of
State’s responsibilities, together with appropriate materials concerning the
facts which contributed to the formulation of policies. When further
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for a proper understanding of the relevant policies of the United States,
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1352 Editorial Preparation
The basic documentary diplomatic record to be printed in Foreign Relations of the United States, Diplomatic Papers, shall
be edited by the Historical Office, Bureau of Public Affairs of the
Department of State. The editing of the record shall be guided by the
principles of historical objectivity. There shall be no alteration of the
text, no deletions without indicating where in the text the deletion is
made, and no omission of facts which were of major importance in reaching a
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over what might be regarded by some as a defect of policy. However, certain
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- To avoid giving needless offense to other nationalities or
- To eliminate personal opinions presented in despatches and not
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