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Press Release

Office of the Historian
Bureau of Public Affairs
United States Department of State
June 15, 2017

The Department of State today announces the release of seventeen volumes from the Foreign Relations of the United States series, the official documentary record of U.S. foreign relations. Sixteen of these volumes are newly digitized. These volumes cover events that took place in 1919 and were originally published in print between 1934 and 1947.

These sixteen volumes represent the Office of the Historian’s second quarterly release focusing on the United States and the First World War. On April 6, the Office released volumes dating from 1913‒1918, documenting the advent of war in Europe and the role of the United States in the conflict, first as a neutral power and then as combatant. Today’s release continues that story with the search for peace and stability in the aftermath of the war.

Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1919

These volumes are part of the Office of the Historian’s ongoing project, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center, to digitize the entire Foreign Relations series. The University graciously provided high quality scanned images of each printed book, which the Office further digitized to create a full text searchable edition. These volumes are available online and as free ebooks at the Office of the Historian’s website (https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments).

This quarterly release also includes the new publication Foreign Relations of the United States, Iran, 1951–1954. This volume complements Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952–1954, Volume X, Iran, 1951–1954, published in 1989, by providing documentation on the use of covert operations by the Truman and Eisenhower administrations.

Foreign Relations of the United States