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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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MARCH 2017

71

AFSA NEWS

FSJ

Digital Archive: ATest Run

Department of State contractor Betty Stewart and her cousin, author

Merrill King, use the

FSJ

archive to research the artist Pieter Irwin Brown

and diplomat Richard Fyfe Boyce.

AFSA/SHAWNDORMAN

In Spring 2017, AFSA will

launch the digital archive

of 99 years of

The Foreign

Service Journal

.

This unique archive con-

tains a century of diplomatic

history as seen through the

eyes of those who witnessed

and shaped it firsthand. On

the pages of the

Journal

,

members of the Foreign

Service have captured major

world developments and

foreign policy debates.

AFSA regularly receives

requests for particular

articles or topics from

previous editions of the

FSJ

.

Requests range from spe-

cific articles from a certain

issue, to all articles by a

specific author, to all articles

on topics as diverse as PTSD

and typewriter use in U.S.

embassies.

The

Journal

recently

received a request from

author Merrill King to locate

information on Richard Fyfe

Boyce, a consular officer

who served in Yokohama

from 1933 to 1940, and

Pieter Irwin Brown, an artist

who was commissioned by

Boyce to produce images

of the consulate in Japan.

Boyce was a Foreign Service

officer who served in numer-

ous posts from 1920 to 1948

and went on to be a founder

of DACOR.

AFSA publications staff

were pleased to let Mr. King

test out the new archive files

and we are pleased to report

he did find a few useful

articles.

AFSA publications and

communications staff are

at work getting the files

ready to share and be found

online.

We hope that the new

digital

FSJ

archive will prove

to be an indispensable

resource for those conduct-

ing primary-source research

on U.S. diplomatic history

and American foreign policy

and for others who simply

want to immerse themselves

in the rich, lively and deeply

consequential experiences

of the Foreign Service.

n

—Dmitry Filipoff,

Publications Coordinator