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The Staffing Subseries includes the records of several leaders in the Studies Department, notably the files of William Diebold, including his correspondence, subject files, writings and lectures, and information on relations with other organizations. Diebold was the overseer of the Council's library for many years, as well as a research fellow and the director of Economic Studies in the early 1940s; he was a mainstay on the economics study group and a senior fellow emeritus. The Staffing Subseries also contains the correspondence of John Campbell, the director of Political Studies from 1955-1962, a senior research fellow from 1962-1978, and the Director of Studies from 1977-1978. Also included in this subseries are papers of the some Council Fellows and heads of study programs or projects.
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The Studies Department Series documents the planning and execution of the various study groups (including discussion groups, current issue review groups, seminars, workshops and conferences) and projects. Documents in this series reflect the administration of the Studies Department (mainly through correspondence and subject files), the records of the groups themselves (through correspondence, background papers, meeting minutes and final reports), and the subject files and correspondence of major players in the Council's Studies Department from the 1940s onward.
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The Records of Meetings Subseries is divided into two sections: volumes which are indexed from 1920 through 1973 and unindexed meeting records. This subseries also includes records of cancelled meetings. The actual records of the Council's meetings include invitations to the meetings, attendance lists, correspondence, (including letters between the Executive Director of the Council on Foreign Relations and potential speakers), background material on the speakers and the topics, a digest of the meeting (in early meeting records, transcripts are available; some later meeting records include evaluations), and miscellaneous materials relating to the meeting. Recordings of a portion of the meetings from the early 1950s through the late 1980s are present in the Sound Recordings Series.
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The Meetings Series documents the work of the Council's Meetings Department, including administrative issues, such as correspondence with speakers, attendance records, and the non-attribution rule, as well as the records of the actual meetings themselves. Early meeting records often include a transcript of the speaker's remarks at the meeting; this process was discontinued after 1964 as a cost saving measure. Beginning in 1978, the Council began to tape record selected meetings to serve as a substitute for the transcript, allowing Council members who could not attend certain meetings to listen to the tape recordings at the Pratt House. Beginning in 1991, all meetings were taped. At the end of each fiscal year, the president, director of meetings and director of programs would choose a sampling of the tapes to retain in the Council's archive. See Series 13: Sound Recordings, for the extant taped meetings.
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The Conference Records Subseries is composed of mainly post-1970 records of Council Conferences. Materials consist of correspondence about the planning of conferences, information about speakers and their prepared papers, schedules and agendas for conferences and budget information as well as background papers, summary reports, post-conference papers, articles, and other correspondence. Published booklets on the proceedings of three early conferences that pre-date the Volumes of Subseries 5A are also included in this subseries.
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Subseries 5C: Special Conference Records, 1927-1992

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The Special Conference Records Subseries includes files on the International Studies Conferences, which the Council coordinated from the 1930s through the 1950s, and records of the collaboration between the Council and the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government on workshops in the late 1980s and early 1990s focusing on the international aspects of science and technology. Additionally, this subseries includes files on miscellaneous international institutes in which the Council or its members took part. These files mainly include correspondence and reports related to the planning of the event and the agendas of the event itself.
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Series 5: Conferences, 1921-1992

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The Conferences Series contains the records of conferences that were either organized by the Council itself or were meetings in which Council staff members played major roles. Because the Council's activities were open to selected members only, most conference files contain a sample of the selection process as well as a final list of invitees.
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The Events Subseries documents events sponsored by the Corporate Program for the business members of the Council including seminars, meetings, conferences, breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, and trips. Business Executive Seminars and Corporate Service Seminars files contain information on meetings including background reading, correspondence with speakers, and other general planning matters. Post 1981 files include the event's program and general planning materials such as correspondence with speakers. Materials relating to the Corporate Program trips include planning materials, correspondence to prospective trip-takers, agendas, and information about destination points and activities.
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The Annual Conferences and Meetings Subseries documents the annual meeting of members of the Committees on Foreign Relations in New York. The conferences were originally organized as meetings of Committee representatives to report about their activities, exchange information about speakers, evaluate the past year and discuss future plans. In addition, the conferences had an introductory speaker and discussion on international politics. As the number of committees grew over the years, the annual meetings developed into a conference devoted to a certain particular theme with prominent guest speakers.