- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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- Council on foreign relations
- Council on Foreign Relations Records: Studies Department Series
- Public Policy Papers
- Permanent URL:
- 328 boxes
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 103-424; 1097; 1140-1144
The Council on Foreign Relations is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and national membership organization dedicated to promoting improved understanding of international affairs and to contributing ideas to United States foreign policy. 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.
Collection Description & Creator Information
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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- Collection Creator Biography:
Council on foreign relations
The Council on Foreign Relations (the Council) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and national membership organization dedicated to promoting improved understanding of international affairs and to contributing ideas to United States foreign policy. The Council has had a large impact in the development of twentieth century United States foreign policy. Its membership has historically been drawn from those in business, government and academia recognized as the nation's opinion leaders in international relations; membership is by invitation only. The Council's basic constituency is its members, but it also reaches out to a wider audience through its publications, Committees on Foreign Relations, Corporate Program, and media efforts, so as to contribute to the national dialogue on foreign policy.
The Studies Department spearheads the Council on Foreign Relation's efforts to promote informed discussion on issues shaping the international agenda and defines the Council's function as a foreign policy research organization. This "think tank" has played a vital role in the Council since its incorporation in the 1920s. The department includes a large number of scholars and research associates who engage each other, Council members, and non-affiliated individuals in research on topics and regions related to United States foreign policy, which historically have included topics such as international trade, arms control, and economic development, and regions such as the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and Latin America, to name a few. The Studies program produces articles, books, policy reports and papers to disseminate the research undertaken by staff and members.
For a fuller history on the Council on Foreign Relations, see the finding aid for the Council on Foreign Relations Records located at http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/gb19f5814 , Peter Grose's Continuing the Inquiry: The Council on Foreign Relations from 1921-1996 , located at http://www.cfr.org/about/history/cfr/ and Michael Wala's The Council on Foreign Relations and American Foreign Policy in the Early Cold War (Providence: Berghahn Books, 1994).
The collection was deposited at the Library in 1998 . Title and custody of the collection were formally transferred to Princeton in 2002 . Small transfers of more recent records occur annually.
A box containing recordings of interviews from the Council's Broadcast Media Project on minicassette was discovered at the Mudd Library and added to the collection in 2015 [ML.2015.023].
Accruals are expected from the Council on Foreign Relations on an annual basis.
No information about appraisal is available for this collection.
Funding for the digitization of records in this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Mudd Library Staff including Jennifer Cole, Dan Santamaria, Kristine Marconi, Joanna Peery Polyn, Jennifer Walele, Stasia Karel, Helene Van Rossum, and Princeton University student workers from 2003-2006 . Finding aid written by Jennifer Cole in 2006 .
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
All Council on Foreign Relations records are closed for 25 years after the date of their creation.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law , no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, patrons must submit the Publication and Broadcast Form . In addition to completing this form for Princeton, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them.
- Credit this material:
Council on Foreign Relations Records: Studies Department Series; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Existence and Location of Copies
Portions of the Council's records from 1921-1951, include Conferences, Study Groups, Meetings, and the War and Peace Project, are also available on microfiche at Princeton's Firestone Library [MICROFICHE 1637]. The creation of this microfiche was conducted between the University Publications of America and the Council on Foreign Relations and did not involve Princeton University. A guide is available, see Film B Uncataloged box for microfiche 1637 at Firestone Microforms Services (Film). Additionally, many of the Council's reports are available in published form. Please consult the Princeton University Library online catalog for available published reports.
Portions of the Council's audio records described in the Sound Recordings Series have been digitized as part on an ongoing project. Contact the library for additional details.
A paper version of the "Records of Groups Index," covering the years 1922-1973, is available at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
- Other Finding Aids
The Council on Foreign Relations Studies Department Records form part of the The Council on Foreign Relations Records (collection MC104). A Finding Aid for the entire collection is available online: Council on Foreign Relations Records Finding Aid .
The Meetings Records of the Council on Foreign Relations are described in a separate finding aid: Council on Foreign Relations Meetings Finding Aid .
Digital sound recordings of some Council meetings are available online. The digital recordings of meeting are described in a separate finding aid: Council on Foreign Relations Digital Sound Recordings Finding Aid .
Information in the Organizational History section was gathered from material within the Council's records (notably historical information from the Administration Series and Annual Reports from the Publications Series), as well as the Council on Foreign Relations' website, www.cfr.org . Of special interest are the annual reports, located at http://www.cfr.org/about/annual_report/ and Peter Grouse's Continuing the Inquiry: The Council on Foreign Relations from 1921-1996, located at http://www.cfr.org/about/history/cfr/ .
- Subject Terms:
- Economic history -- 20th century.
International relations -- 20th century.
World politics -- 20th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Keller, Kenneth H.
Maxwell, Kenneth, 1941-
Murphy, Richard W. (Richard William), 1929-
- United States -- Foreign economic relations.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century.