Guide to the Research Collections

- SECTION -- III -- THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
- PART TWO
- 49 -- HISTORY OF WESTERN EUROPE
- EUROPEAN HISTORY
- Public Documents

Public Documents

Official publications, issued by governments and international associations such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, form one of the extensive and important archives of the Research Libraries. Government publications may be divided into three categories: those concerning foreign relations, those relating to national affairs, and those devoted to local matters. Of particular importance in the study of general European history are those dealing with foreign relations.

This group includes diplomatic series; special mention may be made of the German Weissbuch, the French Documents diplomatiques, and the English Diplomatic and Consular Reports, most of these beginning in the nineteenth century. This material is indexed and fully analyzed in the library's catalogs. The various series corresponding to the English "Blue Books" for other European nations are also included. English, French, and German publications predominate, although the collections are strong for all countries and periods.

Resources for the study of international relations include an extensive collection of treaties. These are held in several locations but are brought together in the 3,600 entries under the subject heading "Treaties" in the Public Catalog. This number does not include treaties on certain subjects (for example, commercial treaties, for which there are 2,000 entries); separate treaties are in some cases classified under the name of the country concerned. The library has the important collected series of treaties, in addition to

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separate treaties from as early as the seventeenth century.