This digital facsimile of Foreign Relations of the United States is a project of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago Libraries. This is a nearly complete run from 1861-1960 with missing volumes being added as they can be acquired and processed. If your library is interested in donating material for this project, please contact the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center.
Special thanks are owed to the University of Chicago Libraries for contributing FRUS volumes for digitization. Thanks also to these other contributing libraries: Southwestern University (Los Angeles) Library, the University of Connecticut’s Homer Babbidge Library, Georgia Southwestern State University’s James Earl Carter Library, University of Indiana-Bloomington Libraries, Brigham Young University’s Howard W. Hunter Law Library, Columbia University Libraries, Des Moines Public Library, Jefferson County (Colorado) Public Library, Michigan State University Libraries, Ouachita Baptist University’s Riley-Hickingbotham Library, University of Michigan-Flint’s Thompson Library, University of Minnesota, University of Mississippi’s J. D. Williams Library, University of South Alabama’s University Library and the Wisconsin Historical Society.
The objective of the project is to drive down the cost of digitization and scale up production of valuable information resources in digital format. It is hoped that the development of low-cost digitization methods will inspire further collaboration among research libraries to enlarge the public domain of knowledge accessible via the Internet.
The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. The series is produced by the State Department’s Office of the Historian and printed volumes are available from the Government Printing Office.
FRUS begins with the administration of Abraham Lincoln in 1861. There are two cumulative indexes covering 1861-1899 and 1900-1918. The organization of FRUS is generally chronological, but the dates of the volumes do not necessarily reflect the dates of documentary history. For example, the volumes for 1900-1918 do not include the records dealing with World War I or the Russian Revolution. Each volume has a subject and author index. There is also typically a table of sources and abbreviations at the beginning of each volume.
The FRUS series, including post-1960 volumes, is available online on the State Department’s Office of the Historian’s website. This page also has links to a history of the series, and, under “Status of the Series,” a list of volumes being prepared or currently under review.
Questions or comments about the site should be directed to the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center, University of Wisconsin Libraries.
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