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Quarterly Release of Newly Digitized Foreign Relations Volumes

December 8, 2016

The Department of State today announces the release of newly digitized versions of twenty volumes from the Foreign Relations of the United States series, the official documentary record of U.S. foreign relations. These volumes cover events that took place between 1932 and 1939 and were originally published in print between 1947 and 1953. Collectively, these volumes cover U.S. foreign policy during critical international events that occurred in the years that preceded the Second World War. Documented in this release are the efforts of the United States in maintaining international order against the rising tide of fascism in Europe, including participation in lengthy multi-lateral arms limitation discussions in Geneva. Official U.S. recognition of the Soviet Union and formal bilateral relations through 1939 are treated in a special Foreign Relations volume that is included in this release. Foreign policy in Asia during the Far East Crisis and the militaristic expansion of Japan is also covered in these volumes.

Foreign Relations of the United States Diplomatic Papers, 1932

  1. General, Volume I
  2. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa, Volume II
  3. The Far East, Volume III
  4. The Far East, Volume IV
  5. The American Republics, Volume V

Foreign Relations of the United States Diplomatic Papers, 1933

  1. General, Volume I
  2. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa, Volume II
  3. The Far East, Volume III
  4. The American Republics, Volume IV
  5. The American Republics, Volume V

Foreign Relations of the United States

  1. The Soviet Union, 1933–1939

Foreign Relations of the United States Diplomatic Papers, 1934

  1. General, the British Commonwealth, Volume I
  2. Europe, Near East and Africa, Volume II
  3. The Far East, Volume III
  4. The American Republics, Volume IV
  5. The American Republics, Volume V

Foreign Relations of the United States Diplomatic Papers, 1935

  1. The Near East and Africa, Volume I
  2. The British Commonwealth; Europe, Volume II
  3. The Far East, Volume III
  4. The American Republics, Volume IV

Today’s release is 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 is the latest in a series of quarterly releases, which will continue until the  FRUS digital archive is complete.