THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
SITE OF THE MONTH: State Department Office of the Historian
he State Department’s Office of the Historian (http://
history.state.gov) is digitizing its multivolume series
Foreign Relations of the United States
. Each volume in
the series is a huge collection of U.S. government foreign
affairs documents. These volumes “present the official
documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy
decisions and significant diplomatic activity.”
The series covers events beginning in 1861. Today there
are 450 individual volumes, with 11 planned for release
in 2015. As of May, 240 of the volumes were available
online through the website. Users may conduct full text
searches by both topic and presidential administration.
The digitization project should be complete by 2018.
Volumes covering the last 65 years (164) are also available
to download as ebooks.
The most recent online release of a
relates to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln,
and captures a collection of notes and letters from citi-
zens and foreign governments around the world respond-
ing to his death on April 14, 1865.
The volumes offer diplomats, scholars and the public
unprecedented access to fascinating unclassified and
declassified primary source materials tracing the history
of the United States’ international engagement.
resource is a database
that lists past principal
officers and chiefs of
mission and records of
the travels of presidents and Secretaries of State. Country
profiles include detailed histories of American diplomatic
relations with each, and the site also facilitates access to
the diplomatic records of these nations where possible.
A unique tool for public education at home and abroad,
the website has abundant resources for students and
teachers. The ebook versions of the
series are avail-
able free of charge, and the Historian’s Office also creates
curriculum supplements for teaching middle and high
school students about diplomacy.
Run by Department of State Historian Dr. Stephen
Randolph and a team of professional historians, the
Historian’s Office is responsible for conducting research
for officials from the State Department and other agen-
cies, evaluating historical lessons and providing the
background information necessary to make today’s key
foreign relations decisions.
—Editorial Intern Shannon Mizzi and
Editor Shawn Dorman
shelter. It airlifted 700 rolls of heavy-duty
plastic sheeting to benefit an estimated
7,000 households, or up to 35,000 people.
The International Organization for Migra-
tion, a USAID/OFDA partner, distributed
the plastic sheeting along with other
supplies such as rope, wire and basic
Search-and-rescue teams coordinated
efforts with the government of Nepal
and other international USDAR teams
to conduct initial damage assessments.
They worked with canine rescue units to
search for survivors in the rubble of col-
lapsed buildings.According to an April 29 Time article covering USAID responders in Nepal, th
dogs are trained to track the scent of liv-
ing people in ‘high-probability’ locations.
In addition, USAID/OFDA contrib-
uted $10 million in humanitarian assis-
tance to address earthquake response
and recovery efforts. USAID’s Office of
Food for Peace contributed $2.5 mil-
lion to the operation for the purchase of
1,390 metric tons of rice in support of the
United Nations World Food Program’s
efforts to distribute provisions in the area.
“We’re mobilizing emergency shelter
for about 35,000 people,” said Director
of USAID/OFDA Jeremy Konyndyk in anApril 27 interview with MSNBC.
working with those search-and-rescue
teams and we’re also talking with the U.S.
military about what assets we might be
able to bring in.”
For donations and to learn the best
ways to help the relief efforts, USAID(www.usaid.gov/nepal-earthquake
has posted a full list of organizations
provided by the Center for International
nepal). Monetary donations to any of
these organizations are encouraged.
For most immediate updates, visit
the USAID website(www.USAID.gov
—Brittany DeLong, Assistant Editor