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HIST 282 - The 1960s - Primary Source Research

Tools and strategy for locating primary sources on topics related to the United States in the 1960s
Subjects: History

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) - online volumes

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) - RI Public Papers Collection JX233.A3 

The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions. The series began in 1861 and now comprises more than 480 individual volumes.

Foreign Relations volumes contain documents from the Presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies as well as the private papers of individuals involved in implementing U.S. foreign policy.

The Office of the Historian (Department of State) is responsible, under law, for the preparation and publication of the official documentary history of U.S. foreign policy in the Foreign Relations of the United States series.

Congressional Record    [ bound volumes for Jan 1937-Oct 1996]

   RIC GovPubs X1.1/A v81 [ 75th Congress] - v142 [104th Congress] -- although volumes from 1994 to the present are available online through FDSys, volumes for the 1960s must be consulted physically here at Adams Library.

Public papers of the presidents of the United States    RIC Public Papers Collection=J82

   RIC print holdings are separately catalogued by president:  Search HELIN for Title = <Public papers of the president*> & choose the administration of interest.  Some administrations are available in digital form via the University of Michigan (linked by title on this list).    You can also access the Public Papers along with other presidential documents within the American Presidency Project. Use the "Search the Entire Document Archive" located toward the bottom of the left-hand frame, to search by keyword and to limit by date.

American Memory Project [ Library of Congress ]   Though not all materials in the American Memory collections are government documents, all are made available from the collections housed at the Library of Congress and include federal agency documents as well as images both still and video.

Calisphere [University of California - California Digital Library project]  State-focused documents and images on California history extending back into the 19th century