Press Releases: Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs Releases Fourteen Newly Digitized Foreign Relations of the United States Volumes

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The Department of State today announces the release of newly digitized versions of fourteen volumes from the Foreign Relations of the United States series, the official documentary record of U.S. foreign relations. These volumes cover events that took place between 1861 and 1866 and were originally published in print between 1861 and 1867:

Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs, 1861

  1. Message of the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress, at the Commencement of the Second Session of the Thirty-seventh Congress

Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs, 1862

  1. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Third Session Thirty-seventh Congress

Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs, 1863

  1. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the First Session Thirty-eighth Congress, Part I
  2. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the First Session Thirty-eighth Congress, Part II

Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs, 1864

  1. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Second Session Thirty-eighth Congress, Part I
  2. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Second Session Thirty-eighth Congress, Part II
  3. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Second Session Thirty-eighth Congress, Part III
  4. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Second Session Thirty-eighth Congress, Part IV

Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1865

  1. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the First Session Thirty-ninth Congress, Part I
  2. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the First Session Thirty-ninth Congress, Part II
  3. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the First Session Thirty-ninth Congress, Part III

Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1866

  1. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Second Session Thirty-ninth Congress, Part I
  2. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Second Session Thirty-ninth Congress, Part II
  3. Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Second Session Thirty-ninth Congress, Part III

Today’s release is part of the Office of the Historian’s ongoing project, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center, to digitize the entire Foreign Relations series. The University graciously provided high quality scanned images of each printed book, which the Office further digitized to create a full text searchable edition. These volumes are available online and as free ebooks at the Office of the Historian’s website (https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments). With this release, the FRUS digital archive now contains a complete set of all 511 printed volumes from the series to date. Two indexes to the 1861–1918 volumes and thirteen microfiche supplements covering 1955–1963 are being digitized, but due to the size and condition of these materials, these will be released as resources allow.