Diplomatic History: Official Sources

This guide provides links to primary sources for the study of international diplomacy particularly from an historical perspective


United States

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States (available in print and online)

Department of State Foreign Relations of the United States
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. The series which is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian, began in 1861. The volumes published over the last two decades increasingly contain declassified records from all the foreign affairs agencies.

Selected volumes of the Foreign Relations Series from the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, Ford, Carter and Regan administrations are available on the web site of the Office of the Historian
Selected volumes from 1861-1960 are available from the University of Wisconsin-Madison web site
Carleton University Library's holdings: Foreign Relations of the United States, 1861-1956 (microform) Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States(available in print and online) continued by Foreign relations of the United States: diplomatic papers (available in print and online) 

The Department of State Bulletin (print and online) was published from 1939 to 1989. This title was continued by The U.S. Department of State Dispatch Magazine 1990-1999









New Zealand


Russia (Soviet Union)






Content last reviewed: June 17, 2021