This volume was prepared under the general supervision of E. Ralph Perkins,
formerly Chief of the Foreign Relations Division, currently headed by S. Everett
The compilers of the volume were Ralph E. Goodwin, Herbert A. Fine, and former
staff members John G. Reid and Francis C. Prescott. Preliminary planning and
review of the volume was provided by Mr. Perkins, Mr. Reid, and Mr. Prescott.
Final review was the responsibility of Messrs. Gleason, Reid, and Rogers P.
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The Publishing and Reproduction Services Division (Jerome H. Perlmutter, Chief)
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William M. Franklin
Director, Historical Office
Bureau of Public Affairs
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