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Researching Foreign Affairs Records Part III: Research Hints

Today’s post is written by David Langbart. This is the third 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. Please visit Part I and Part II. Here are some very basic hints […]

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 […]

Allen Dulles and No. 23 Herrengasse, Bern, Switzerland, 1942-1945

Today’s post is written by Dr. Greg Bradsher. Seventy-years ago, on November 9, 1942, forty-nine year old Allen W. Dulles arrived in Bern, Switzerland to head up the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) operations in Switzerland.  Dulles was lucky to be in Switzerland.  His train passed from Vichy France into Switzerland only minutes before the Germans […]

Records Lost and Found, or, Dresden on the Eve of Destruction

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, a senior processing archivist in College Park. Sometimes records long thought to be lost find their way home. One such occurrence took place recently. The U.S. embassy in Germany received from the German government some files from the U.S. consulate in Dresden. The records had been found among […]

Foreign Service Friday: Despatch vs. Dispatch

Today’s post is written by archivist David Langbart who works primarily with diplomatic records. In my earlier post about Despatches, I noted that the correct spelling in Department of State usage is dEspatch and not dIspatch.  After writing that post, purely by serendipity, I located a document that shows just how seriously the Department of […]

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