May 22, 2022

NYPL: 150 Years of the Foreign Relations

October events at the New York Public Library to commemorate the 150th anniversary year of the Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series.  

The NYPL’s workshop “New Perspectives on Post-Colonial History,” will introduce ways that the FRUS series can be used to research issues pertaining to nationalism, identity, and decolonization – i.e. non-diplomatic history uses of FRUS. While demonstrating how FRUS documents can be used by scholars in other history disciplines, the workshop will also allow time for hands-on research with HO staff available for consultation.  Please note that the computer classroom only accommodates 30 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

The evening conversation between historian and biographer Susan Butler and Office of the Historian Josh Botts, “Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire: A Conversation about Security and Transparency in the Cold War Era Foreign Relations Series,” will discuss how the story of the Yalta FRUS volume reflected the interplay of partisan impulses, national security imperatives, and bureaucratic politics in the 1950s.  The Yalta discussion is part of the NYPL’s larger 150th anniversary research initiative to investigate the history of the FRUS series and the main stories that it tells about the history of U.S. foreign policy.

Download the program flyer below for more infomation.