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Twentieth-century U.S. foreign affairs

State Department

Foreign Broadcast Information Service

FBIS, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service, is a service provided by the US government that translates foreign news broadcasts into English. The service began during WWII and is ongoing. In addition, JPRS, the Joint Publications Research Service, was an auxiliary service to FBIS from 1953-1995.

Access to FBIS Daily Reports:
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports (1941-1996)
For 1994 onwards, use World News Connection
FBIS Daily Reports 1952-1992 can also be found at RECAP Microfilm S01854, RECAP PrEx 7.10:FBIS-APA, RECAP PrEx 7.10:FBIS-EEU, and RECAP PrEx 7.10:FBIS-SOV; for 1946-1951 in print in RECAP [14102.914.2 and 14102.914].

Central Intelligence Agency

CIA Research Reports, 1946 -1976
Microfilm 01861
44 reels
Printed guide: Firestone Microforms D839.3.C52
In 8 parts; worldwide coverage divided by region/country.

  • CIA Research Reports, Vietnam and Southeast Asia, 1946-1976  History Vault
  • CIA Research Reports, Vietnam and Southeast Asia, Supplement History Vault

U.S. Military Intelligence Reports: Surveillance of Radicals in the United States, 1917-1941
Microfilm 05415
34 reels
Printed guide: Firestone Microforms HN90.R3U85
"The era of the First World War witnessed several fundamental changes in the role of the American federal government. Not the least of these was the use of military services as a counter-force against disaffected elements of the civilian population—particularly against radical labor organizers and leftist intellectuals. [This] collection makes available generous selections from recently opened records of the Army’s G-2 "negative" branch engaged in the surveillance of radicals in the United States."

The U.S. Intelligence Community Organization, Operations, and Management, 1947-1989
Microfiche 1511
226 microfiche
Printed guide: Firestone Microforms JK468.I6U846 1990
Material that documents the "bureaucratic reality" of U.S. intelligence operations. Includes organization manuals, regulations, interagency directives, annual summaries of military intelligence, and studies of U.S. intelligence done by other U.S. government agencies. Indexed by subjects and organizations.

CIA Records on the Cold War: The CAESAR, ESAU, and POLO Papers on China and the Soviet Union, 1953-1973 History Vault

Council on Foreign Relations

Princeton's Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library holds the records of the Council on Foreign Relations, "a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and national membership organization dedicated to improving understanding of international affairs by promoting a range of ideas and opinions on United States foreign policy. The Council has had a significant impact in the development of twentieth century United States foreign policy." See Council on Foreign Relations Records, 1918-2006: Finding Aid for more information. Note that the records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation.

Records of the Council on Foreign Relations, 1921-1951 [microform]
RECAP Microfiche 1637
517 fiches
Printed guide: Firestone Microforms E744 .R426 2007
This is a microform edition of portions of the Council’s records from 1921-1951. Includes Conferences, Study Groups, Meetings, and the War and Peace Project.

U.S. Information Agency

History Vault

  • Records of the U.S. Information Agency, Cold War Era Research Reports, Series A: 1960-1963
  • Records of the U.S. Information Agency, Cold War Era Research Reports, Series B: 1964-1982
  • Records of the U.S. Information Agency, Cold War Era Special Reports, 1964-1982