U.S. Department of State

Foreign Relations of the United States

1945 - 1950

&

1952 - 1963

 

Listed chronologically by years covered and volume number within the covered years.

U.S. Department of State. Office of the Historian. Eds., C. Thomas Thorne, Jr., and David S. Patterson. Foreign Relations of the United States, 1945-1950 -- Truman Series: Emergence of the Intelligence Establishment. Washington, DC: GPO, 1996.

Clark comment: The FRUS series represents the official documentary record of the major foreign policy decisions and diplomatic activities of the U.S. Government. This volume, compiled retrospectively to the other volumes in the chronological series, is an essential resource for those interested in the beginnings of the American intelligence establishment in the years immediately after World War II. The 419 documents that make up the FRUS volume are available electronically, at: http://www.state.gov/www/about_state/history/intel/index.html.

"Ancillary or supplementary documents" to the FRUS volume were released in October 1997: For a description of the background to the compilation and issuance of the Emergence of the Intelligence Establishment volume and the additional documents, see: U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian, "Background to the Release of Documents on the Origins of the Intelligence Community" (1997) at http://secretary.state.gov/www/briefings/statements/annouce971024a.html.

Nelson, Diplomatic History 22.3, comments that this work "represents a tentative first step toward integrating intelligence activities into the history of American foreign relations." The question of who would control the new intelligence establishment "dominates the memoranda, meeting summaries, and correspondence" included here.

[CIA/40s; GenPostwar/40s]

U.S. Department of State. Office of the Historian. Foreign Relations, 1945-1950: Emergence of the Intelligence Establishment -- List of Documents. Washington, DC: 1997. [http://secretary.state.gov/www/briefings/statements/doclist971024a.html]

This site provides a list of the 419 documents that make up the FRUS volume. This is an essential resource for those interested in the beginnings of the American intelligence establishment in the years immediately after World War II.

[CIA/40s; GenPostwar/40s]

U.S. Department of State. Office of the Historian. Eds., Douglas Keane and Michael Warner. Foreign Relations of the United States, 1950-1955, The Intelligence Community, 1950-1955. [Available at: http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1950-55Intel]

From "Preface": "This volume is organized along chronological lines in one large chapter covering 1950–1955, and a second chapter that includes the key National Security Council Intelligence Directives of the period.... The intelligence community under President Eisenhower in 1955 was a much more significant player and a more robust bureaucracy than it was under President Truman in the late 1940s. This volume documents that growth and development.... The editors did not seek to document the planning and implementation of specific intelligence operations, or to document the impact of intelligence appraisals upon specific foreign policy decisions or negotiations."

[CIA/40s/Gen & 50s/Gen; GenPostwar/50s]

U.S. Department of State. Office of the Historian. Ed., Susan Holly. Foreign Relations of the United States, Eisenhower Administration, 1952-1954, Guatemala. Washington, DC: GPO, 2003. [Available at: http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1952-54Guat]

Clark comment: This is a supplemental volume to the original 1983 volume that did not mention the 1954 coup.

From "Preface": "This volume fills in many details about the role of the United States in Guatemala in the early 1950s. The CIA operation in Guatemala is an important instance of the use of covert action to implement U.S. foreign policy, and this volume provides a detailed account of that action.... [T]he documents published in the 1952-1954 American Republics volume [1983] are not reprinted here.... The two volumes complement each other and should be read together for a full and comprehensive account.... The Office of the Historian is convinced that the Central Intelligence Agency has made all relevant documents available for this publication."

[CIA/50s/Guatemala]

U.S. Department of State. Office of the Historian. Gen. ed., David S. Patterson. Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963.

Vol. X. Ed., Louis J. Smith. Cuba, 1961-1962. Washington, DC: GPO, 1997. [Available at: http://www.state.gov/www/about_state/history/frusX/index.html]

[CIA/60s/BoP]

U.S. Department of State. Office of the Historian. Gen. ed., David S. Patterson. Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963.

Vol. XI. Eds., Edward C. Keefer, Charles S. Sampson, and Louis J. Smith. Cuban Missile Crisis and Aftermath. Washington, DC: GPO, 1996. [Available at: http://www.state.gov/www/about_state/history/frusXI/index.html]

[GenPostwar/60s/MissileCrisis]

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