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Subseries 4B: Records of Meetings, 1920-1995
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
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.
A paper index is available for portions of the meeting records.
Arranged chronologically by fiscal year; within years, meetings are arranged alphabetically by the speaker's last name, with "special" meetings for that fiscal year coming after the alphabetical arrangements; cancelled meetings are located at the end of the subseries.
Accruals are expected from the Council on Foreign Relations on an annual basis.
Appraisal information was not recorded at time of accessioning.
- 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, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.
As a condition of use of the historical records of the Council on Foreign Relations, researchers must agree that they will not directly or indirectly attribute to any living person any assertion of fact or opinion based upon any Council record, or upon any unpublished record held by the Council, without first obtaining from such person his or her written consent thereto.
- 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.
The Mudd Manuscript Library is currently undertaking a project to digitize portions of the reel-to-reel recordings of Council Meetings. As digital versions become available, they will be linked to the meetings in the list below.
- Credit this material:
Subseries 4B: Records of Meetings; Council on Foreign Relations Meetings Records, MC104-4, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 435, 51, 558
- 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 Meetings Index," covering the years 1921-1973, is available at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
- Other Finding Aids
The Council on Foreign Relations Meetings 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 Studies Department Records of the Council on Foreign Relations are described in a separate finding aid: Council on Foreign Relations Studies Department 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/.
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