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History: Asia: Diplomatic Records

U.S. Diplomatic Records

The following lists US State Department records from the National Archives holdings in Washington, DC currently held in the Main and Bancroft Libraries on microfilm (and in a few rare cases, in print), available online, or available on loan from the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). Where available, the call number and location of guides have been listed together with the call number for the microfilm or a link to an online guide is available. This list is not comprehensive; if you do not see the item you need you should check OskiCat or the CRL catalog.

The State Department had different record-keeping systems between 1789-1906, 1906-1910, 1910-1963, 1963-1973, and 1973-1979. In its organization of the files it received, the National Archives mantained the original divisions of years: 1789-1906, 1906-10, 1910-29, 1930-39, 1940-44, 1945-49, 1950-54, 1955-59, 1960-63, 1963-73, 1973-79. The microfilm publications of the records reflect these periodic divisions and the original arrangement of the records. Some of the records from 1973-1979 are accessible online at the NARA site. Central file records dating 1980 and later remain in the custody of the Department of State.

See U.S. Foreign Relations and the Department of State for more information about the records.

Asia

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs of Asia   MICROFILM 78664 MICROFILM 78664 GUIDE

Burma

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs of India and Burma, 1910-1929 227 MICROFILM 19582 CD3022 .A2x no.M329 Doe Reference
Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations between India and Burma and Other States, 1910-29 (M344) 1 MICROFILM 4302 J  
Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations between the U.S. and India and Burma, 1910-29 (M343) 1 MICROFILM 4309 J  

Cambodia

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs, Cambodia   MICROFILM 79463 MICROFILM 79463 GUIDE

China

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Canton, China, 1790-1906 20 MICROFILM 4092.J MICROFILM 4092.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Ministers to China, 1843-1906 131 Online and MICROFILM 4055.J MICROFILM 4055.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Amoy, China, 1844-1906 15 MICROFILM 4094.J MICROFILM 4094.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Hong Kong, 1844-1906 21 MICROFILM 4096.J MICROFILM 4096.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Shanghai, 1847-1906 53 MICROFILM 4098.J MICROFILM 4098.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Foochow, China, 1849-1906 10 MICROFILM 4095.J MICROFILM 4095.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Macao, China, 1849-1906 2 MICROFILM 4097.J MICROFILM 4097.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Ningpo, China, 1853-1896 7 MICROFILM 4166.J MICROFILM 4166.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Swatow, China, 1860-1881 4 MICROFILM 4168.J MICROFILM 4168.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Hankow, China, 1861-1906 8 MICROFILM 4163.J MICROFILM 4163.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Chefoo, China, 1863-1906 9 MICROFILM 4158.J MICROFILM 4158.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Chinkiang, China, 1864-1906 7 MICROFILM 4162.J MICROFILM 4162.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Newchwang, Manchuria, China, 1865-1906 7 MICROFILM 4165.J MICROFILM 4165.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Tientsin, China, 1868-1906 8 MICROFILM 4133.J MICROFILM 4133.J GUIDE
Despatches from US Consuls in Nanking, China, 1902-1906 1 MICROFILM 4201.J MICROFILM 4201.J GUIDE
Despatches from US Consuls in Hangchow, China, 1904-1906 1 MICROFILM 4200.J MICROFILM 4200.J GUIDE
Despatches from US Consuls in Mukden, Manchuria, China, 1904-1906 1 MICROFILM 33214 MICROFILM 33214 GUIDE
Despatches from US Consuls in Antung, Manchuria, China, 1904-1906 1 MICROFILM 33215 MICROFILM 33215 GUIDE
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs of China, 1910-1929 (M329) 227 MICROFILM 77719 CD3022 .A2x no.M329 Doe Reference
Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations between China and Other States, 1910-29 (M341) 34 MICROFILM 4251 J MICROFILM 4251 J GUIDE
Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations between the United States and China, 1910-1929 2 MICROFILM 4207 J MICROFILM 4207 J GUIDE

India

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs of India and Burma, 1910-1929 227 MICROFILM 19582 CD3022 .A2x no.M329 Doe Reference
Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations between India and Burma and Other States, 1910-29 (M344) 1 MICROFILM 4302 J  
Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations between the U.S. and India and Burma, 1910-29 (M343) 1 MICROFILM 4309 J  

Indonesia

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Batavia, Java, Netherlands East Indies, 1818-1906   MICROFILM 31805 MICROFILM 31805 GUIDE

Japan

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Notes from the Japanese Legation in the United States to the Department of State, 1858-1906 (M163) 9 MICROFILM.4144.J CD3022 .A2x no.M163 Doe Reference
Despatches from U.S. Ministers to Japan, 1855-1906 82 Online and MICROFILM.4057.J MICROFILM.4057.J Guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Kanagawa, Japan, 1861-1897 22 Online and MICROFILM.4160.J MICROFILM 4160 J guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Nagasaki, Japan, 1860-1906 7 Online and MICROFILM.4142.J MICROFILM 4142 J guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Yokohama, Japan, 1897-1906 5 Online and MICROFILM.4143.J MICROFILM 4143 J guide
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs of Japan, 1910-1929 (M422)     CD3022 .A2x no.M422 Doe Reference
Records of the Department of State relating to political relations between Japan and other states, 1910-29 (M424)     CD3022 .A2x no.M424 Doe Reference
Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations between the U.S. and Japan, 1910-29 (M423) 9 MICROFILM 4237 J MICROFILM 4237 J Guide

Korea

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Despatches from U.S. Ministers to Korea, 1883-1905 22 Online and MICROFILM 4058.J MICROFILM 4058.J Guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Seoul, Korea, 1886-1906 2 Online and MICROFILM 4099.J MICROFILM 4099.J Guide
Notes from the Korean Legation in the United States to the Department of State, 1883-1906 1 Online and MICROFILM 4117.J  
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs of Korea (Chosen), 1910-1929     CD3022 .A2x no.M426 Doe Reference

Pakistan

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs of Pakistan, 1945-1949 6 MICROFILM 79041

Philippines

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Manila, Philippine Islands, 1817-1899 6 MICROFILM 31195 MICROFILM 31195 GUIDE

Thailand

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Despatches from U.S. Ministers to Siam, 1882-1906 (M172) 9 Online and MICROFILM.4059.J CD3022 .A2x  no.M172
Records of the Department of State relating to Political Relations between the United States and Siam, 1910-1929 (M730) and between Siam and other states, 1910-1929 (M731)     CD3022 .A2x no. M730-M731 Doe Reference
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs Thailand, 1945-1954: State Department central files: (1945-1949) 892 ; (1950-1954) 792, 892, and 992. 31 MICROFILM 79523  
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs Thailand, 1955-1963 : internal affairs State Department central files: 792, 892, and 992. 22 MICROFILM 79524  

British Diplomatic Records

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