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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, 1910-1929 (M722) 28 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 (M335) 26 MICROFILM 19582 DS MICROFILM 19582 DS Guide
Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations between India and Burma and Other States, 1910-29 (M344) 1 MICROFILM 4302 J MICROFILM 4302 J Guide
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,1960-January 1963 9 Online and MICROFILM 79463 MICROFILM 79463 GUIDE

China

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Canton, China, 1790-1906 20 Online and 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 Online and MICROFILM 4094.J MICROFILM 4094.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Hong Kong, 1844-1906 21 Online and MICROFILM 4096.J MICROFILM 4096.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Shanghai, 1847-1906 53 Online and MICROFILM 4098.J MICROFILM 4098.J GUIDE
Selected Records of the U.S. Legation in China, 1849-1931   Online  
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Foochow, China, 1849-1906 10 Online and MICROFILM 4095.J MICROFILM 4095.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Macao, China, 1849-1906 2 Online and MICROFILM 4097.J MICROFILM 4097.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Ningpo, China, 1853-1896 7 Online and MICROFILM 4166.J MICROFILM 4166.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Swatow, China, 1860-1881 4 Online and MICROFILM 4168.J MICROFILM 4168.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Hankow, China, 1861-1906 8 Online and MICROFILM 4163.J MICROFILM 4163.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Chefoo, China, 1863-1906 9 Online and MICROFILM 4158.J MICROFILM 4158.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Chinkiang, China, 1864-1906 7 Online and MICROFILM 4162.J MICROFILM 4162.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Newchwang, Manchuria, China, 1865-1906 7 Online and MICROFILM 4165.J MICROFILM 4165.J GUIDE
Notes from the Chinese Legation in the United States to the Department of State, 1868-1906 (M98) 6 Online and MICROFILM.4130.J MICROFILM.4130.J GUIDE
Notes to the Chinese legation in the United States from the Department of State, 1868-1906 (M99) 2 MICROFILM 78377 MICROFILM 78377 GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Tientsin, China, 1868-1906 8 Online and MICROFILM 4133.J MICROFILM 4133.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Chunking, China, 1896-1906   Online  
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Nanking, China, 1902-1906 1 Online and MICROFILM 4201.J  
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Hangchow, China, 1904-1906 1 Online and MICROFILM 4200.J MICROFILM 4200.J GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Mukden, Manchuria, China, 1904-1906 1 Online and MICROFILM 33214 MICROFILM 33214 GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Antung, Manchuria, China, 1904-1906 1 Online and 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
Despatches from United States consuls in Calcutta, India, 1792-1906 (M450) 7 MICROFILM 31382 MICROFILM 31382 GUIDE
Despatches from United States consuls in Bombay, 1838-1906 (M168)     CD3022 .A2x no.M168
Records of the Department of State relating to internal affairs of India and Burma, 1910-1929 (M335) 26 MICROFILM 19582 DS MICROFILM 19582 DS Guide
Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations between India and Burma and Other States, 1910-29 (M344) 1 MICROFILM 4302 J MICROFILM 4302 J Guide
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  
Confidential U.S. State Department central files. India: 1945-1949 48 MICROFILM 33170 MICROFILM 33170 GUIDE
Confidential U.S. State Department central files. India, 1950-1954, internal affairs: decimal numbers 791, 891, and 991 100 MICROFILM 77973 MICROFILM 77973 GUIDE
India from Crown Rule to Republic, 1945-1945: Records of the US State Department      
India-Pakistan Conflict: Records of the US State Department, 1963-1966      

Indonesia

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Batavia, Java, Netherlands East Indies, 1818-1906 (M449)   Online and MICROFILM 31805 MICROFILM 31805 GUIDE

Japan

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Selected Records of the U.S. Legation in Japan, 1855-1912 (T400)   Online  
Despatches from U.S. Ministers to Japan, 1855-1906 (M133) 82 Online and MICROFILM.4057.J

CD3022 A2x no.M133 
Doe Reference

Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Hakodate, Japan, 1856-1878 (M452)   Online  
Notes from the Japanese Legation in the United States to the Department of State, 1858-1906 (M163) 9 Online and MICROFILM.4144.J CD3022 .A2x no.M163 Doe Reference
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Kanagawa, Japan, 1861-1897 (M135) 22 Online and MICROFILM.4160.J MICROFILM 4160 J guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Nagasaki, Japan, 1860-1906 (M131) 7 Online and MICROFILM.4142.J MICROFILM 4142 J guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Osaka and Hiogo (Kobe) Japan, 1868-1906 (M460)   Online  
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Yokohama, Japan, 1897-1906 (M136) 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) 1 MICROFILM.4303.J 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 (M134) 22 Online and MICROFILM 4058.J MICROFILM 4058.J Guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Seoul, Korea, 1886-1906 (M167) 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 (M166) 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 (M1448) 6 MICROFILM 79041  

Philippines

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Manila, Philippine Islands, 1817-1899 (M455) 6 Online and MICROFILM 31195 MICROFILM 31195 GUIDE
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Iloilo, Philippine Islands, 1876-1886 (T109)   Online  

Singapore (Straits Settlements)

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Despatches from U.S. consuls in Singapore, Straits Settlements, 1833-1906 Online

Thailand (Siam)

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Bangkok, Siam, 1856-1906 (M448)   Online CD3022 .A2x no.M448
Selected records of the U.S. Consulate in Bangkok, Siam, 1856-1912 (T403)   Online  
Notes from the Siamese Legation in the United States to the Department of State, 1876-1906 (M512)   Online  
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  

Vietnam (Indochina)

Title Reels Call Number Guide
Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Saigon, Vietnam, 1889-1906   Online  
Confidential U.S. State Department central files. Indochina, 1945-1949: Internal Affairs   MICROFILM 78993 MICROFILM 78993 Guide
Confidential U.S. State Department central files. Vietnam 1960-January 1963: Internal Affairs and Foreign Affairs   MICROFILM 78189 MICROFILM 78189 Guide

British Diplomatic Records

British Documents on Foreign Affairs, Reports and Papers from the Foreign Office Confidential Print

Part I, From the mid-nineteenth century to the First World War. Series E, Asia, 1860-1914  JZ633 .B745 1989 Main (Gardner) Stacks  30 vol.
Part III, from 1940-1945. Series E Asia   JZ632 .B765 1997  Main (Gardner) Stacks  8 vol. 
Part IV, from 1946-through 1950. Series E Asia    JZ632 .B775 2000 Main (Gardner) Stacks or Online 11 vol.