This volume was prepared under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Foreign
Relations Division, S. Everett Gleason, assisted by Fredrick Aandahl.
The compilations on Mexico, the republics of Central America, and the Caribbean
were the work of Velma Hastings Cassidy. Former staff member Almon H. Wright
compiled the documentation on the individual nations of the South American
continent. The general compilations relating to the Latin American states as a
regional group were the joint work of Mr. Wright and Mrs. Cassidy.
The technical editing of the volume was the responsibility of the Publishing and
Reproduction Services Division, Jerome H. Perlmutter, Chief.
William M. FranklinDirector, Historical
,Bureau of Public Affairs
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FAM 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
regulation, as further amended, is printed below:
1350 Documentary Record of American
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The publication Foreign Relations of the United States
constitutes the official record of the foreign policy of the United States.
These volumes include, subject to necessary security considerations, all
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together with appropriate materials concerning the facts which contributed
to the formulation of policies. When further material is needed to
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be no alteration of the text, no deletions without indicating where in the
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