Contents and Arrangement

Series 1. Microfilm, 1952 November-1959

5 boxes
Restricted Content

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of 192 reels of microfilm, totalling 131,000 frames, of selected U.S. State Department records from the years Dulles served as secretary of state, 1953-1959, under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


The contents of records within microfilm are arranged by topic. Microfilm is arranged by reel number.

Collection History

Custodial History

The records were selected by Philip A. Crowl, a representative of Princeton and later a U.S. State Department employee. Crowl relied initially on Secretary Dulles's selection of subjects to be filmed, but later he based his choice on his own knowledge of events at State. Filming was conducted between 1956 and 1961.


No materials have been separated from this collection.

Processing Information

Information about processing the collection was not available at the time of accessioning

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Please navigate to the specific reel you wish to access to determine whether it is open for research. Any microfilm reels in this series that are not listed as open for research have been downgraded to the "secret level." Persons wishing to use the collection should write to the Library for an SF-86 (Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions) and fingerprint cards in order to obtain a security clearance. Once cleared (approx. 4-6 months), individuals may examine the film and make copies which will be sent to State for declassification decisions (another two to six months). One may also take notes, but these must be classified and sent to State, which cautions that such notes may be difficult to declassify. Once declassified, the records will be sent to the researcher.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 1. Microfilm; John Foster Dulles State Department Records, MC074, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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