The 151-year-old Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) “presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.” It is a useful research tool for legal historians and international law scholars and practitioners. As Mary L. Dudziak states in her Legal History Blog post, “[The FRUS] records are not only valuable for historians of U.S. foreign relations, but can shed light on other topics related to global reaction to events in the United States, constitutional development in other nations, and more.”
The FRUS has been online for free at the Department of State’s website for some time now, from 1861-1976, from the Lincoln to the Nixon-Ford administrations. It’s also available via the University of Wisconsin and HeinOnline. But now, as part of the DOS Office of the Historian’s “E-Books Initiative,” you can read selected FRUS volumes via your iPad, Nook, or Kindle! The first volumes, released on March 8th in ePub and Mobipocket formats, cover 1964-1976:
- Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964–1968, Volume XIX, Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1967.
- Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume X, Vietnam, January 1973–July 1975.
- Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXIV, Middle East Region and Arabian Peninsula, 1969–1972; Jordan, September 1970.
- Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume XXXII, SALT I, 1969–1972.
- Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969–1976, Volume E–12, Documents on East and Southeast Asia, 1973–1976.
Can’t wait till they go back all the way to the 19th century!