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Researching Foreign Affairs Records, Part I: Introduction

Today’s post is written by David Langbart. This is the first in a series of posts about conducting research in the records of agencies specifically responsible for U.S. foreign relations. It is derived from information on the NARA web pages devoted to that topic. The United States has played a key role in world affairs since […]

D + 10 Years: The 1954 Celebration of the World War II Invasion of Normandy

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, Archivist at the National Archives in College Park. This past weekend saw the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy during World War II.  The invasion was memorably portrayed in the movie The Longest Day (1962) and in episodes of the mini-series “Band of Brothers.”  By all accounts, this […]

Diplomats Expressing Displeasure

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, Archivist at the National Archives in College Park. This blog post is derived from an article published on the web site “American Diplomacy: Foreign Service Despatches and Periodic Reports on U.S. Foreign Policy” An essential aspect of the U.S. foreign policy program, especially since the 1930s, is the use of […]

Keeping the Public Informed

Today’s post is written by David Langbart. Public comment about what is now called the lack of transparency about U.S. foreign policy is not a new phenomenon.  The issue goes back to at least World War II, if not before.  Recognizing that it needed to better inform the public about its activities, in 1948, the Department […]

Why working at the National Archives is so interesting

Today’s post is written by David Langbart.   To a large degree, working with the records at the National Archives is a never-ending series of fascinating encounters with the original documentation of U.S. history. The following document, a memorandum of conversation (memcon) drafted by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles in January 1954, gives an idea […]

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