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American Foreign Policy (SAIS)

U.S. Government Documents Sources

For more collections of U.S. documents, see the US Government in Databases @ JHU by subject.

The Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity (volumes are accessible by year, or by presidential administration). The series includes more than 350 volumes, beginning in 1861. Due to declassification and editing, there is an approximate 40-year time lag in publication. The Frary Library, at the Hopkins Bloomberg Center in Washington, D.C., maintains a print set of FRUS (call number JX 233. A3) from 1861 – 1980.

FRUS was preceded by:

The U.S. Department of State website includes major speeches, policy statements, fact sheets, and a wealth of other foreign policy information. Archived material from the State Department website (back to 1990) is available via the State Department Archived Websites page.

Other earlier sources from the State Department (in descending chronological order) include:

For a comprehensive guide to data sources, please see the Library's Data Sources for International Relations.