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Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files

 

Confidential US State Department Central Files

These are microfilm copies of the U.S. Department of State’s "Central Files," made up of instructions and correspondence received from and sent to U.S. diplomatic posts abroad.  The files are organized by the Department of State’s decimal subject classification system, and are therefore also referred to as the Decimal Files.  They now make up record group 59 in the U.S. National Archives.  They provide significant information on political, military, social, and economic developments for many countries and include minutes, interviews, letters, and translations of foreign documents.

There are several different types of confidential files, so they have been organized and listed as follows:

Each file/film is listed alphabetically by country and then chronologically by year.  Internal Affairs are listed first, Foreign affairs are listed second and political relations are listed third (1st relations with “other states” 2nd relations with the U.S.). United Nations Activities or Confidential U.S. Diplomatic Post Records follow.  Thus Files on Cuban Internal Affairs from 1945 to 1949 precede files on Cuban Foreign Affairs from 1945-1949. 

Although FSU has many of the print guides to these microfilm collections (which are listed in the last column), many can also be found online.

Another helpful resource that can be used as a guide is:

United States, and John H. Hedges. 1986. Diplomatic records: a select catalog of National Archives microfilm publications. Washington, DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, National Archives and Records Administration.  This is found in Strozier Library in the Federal Government Documents Collection (in the Scholars Commons): Call Number AE1.110: D62R

It is also available online through the Hathi Trust

Country

Years

Type of Documentation (Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs, UN Affairs)

Decimal Numbers/Notes

Film/Reel

Guide

Austria-Hungary and Hungary

1912-29 

Internal Affairs

Political affairs, the Bolshevik revolutionary movement, and financial conditions in Hungary

Film 9173

Micr Z2148 .A5 G84 1987

See also related pamphlet:

Micr AE1.119: M708

China

1910-1929

Internal Affairs

 

Film 2118

 

China

1910-29

Political Relations with other states

 

Film 2120

 

China

1910-1929

Political Relations with the United States

 

Film 2119

Micr AE1.119: M339

Cuba

1945- 1949

Internal Affairs

Decimal number 837

Film 9256

Micr F 1787.5 Y34 1986.

Cuba

1945- 1949

Foreign Affairs

decimal numbers 737 and 711.37

Film 9256

Micr F 1787.5 Y34 1986.

Cuba

1950-1954

Internal Affairs

decimal numbers 737, 837, and 937

Film 9222

Micr F 1787.5 Y342 1986

Cuba

1950-1954

Foreign Affairs

decimal numbers 637 and 611.37  

Film 9222

Micr F 1787.5 Y342 1986

Cuba

1955-1959

Internal Affairs

decimal numbers 737, 837, and 937

Film 8931

Micr F1787.5 .H93 1987

Cuba

1955-1959

Foreign Affairs

decimal numbers 637 and 611.37

Film 8931

Micr F1787.5 .H93 1987

Cuba

1960-January 1963

Internal Affairs

decimal numbers 737, 837, and 937

Film 9693

F1788 .C654 2003

Cuba

1960-January 1963

Foreign Affairs

decimal numbers 637 and 611.37

Film 9694

Micr F1787.5 .C654 2004

Czechoslovakia

1910-1944 

Internal Affairs

Decimal number 860f

Film 9223

Micr DB215.2G85 1987

El Salvador

1945-1949

Internal Affairs

Decimal number 816

Film 9151

Micr Z1491 .C62

El Salvador

1945-1949

Foreign Affairs

decimal numbers 716 and 711.16

Film 9151

Micr Z1491 .C62

El Salvador

1950-1954

Internal Affairs

decimal numbers 716, 816, and 916

Film 9146

Micr Z 1491 C63

El Salvador

1950-1954

Foreign Affairs

decimal numbers 616 and 611.16

Film 9146

Micr Z 1491 C63

El Salvador

1955-1959

Internal Affairs

Decimal numbers 716, 816, and 916

Film 8941

Micr F1488 .H97 1987

El Salvador

1955-1959

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 616 and 611.16

Film 8941

Micr F1488 .H97 1987

Ethiopia (Abyssinia)

1910-1929

Internal Affairs

 

Film 8733

 

Ethiopia

(Abyssinia)

1910-1929 

Political Relations with the United States

 

Film 8731

 

France

1910-1929

Internal Affairs

 

Film 2129

 

France

1910-1929 

Political Relations with other states

 

Film 2121

 

France

1910-1929

Political Relations with the United States

 

Film 2122

 

France

1945- 1949 

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 751 and 711.51

Film 9154

Micr DC 404 G823 1986

France

1950- 1954

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 651 and 611.51

Film 9228

Micr DC404 .G825 1987

Germany

1910-1929

Internal Affairs

 

Film 2127

Micr AE1.119: M336

Germany

1910-1929

Political Relations with other states

 

Film 2126

Micr AE1.119: M354

Germany

1910-1929

Political Relations with the United States

 

Film 2124

 

Germany

1930-1939

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 762 and 711.62

Film 9118

Micr DD 234 C65 1985

Germany

1940-1944

Foreign Affairs

 

Film 9132

Micr DD234 G85 1985

Germany – Federal Republic of Germany 

1950-1954

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 662A and 611.62A

Film 9058

Micr Z2220 .G732

Great Britain

1910-1929

Internal Affairs

 

Film 3391

Micr AE1.119: M580

Great Britain

1910-1929

Political Relations with other states

 

Film 8735

 

Great Britain

1910-1929

Political Relations with the United States

 

Film 3392

Micr AE1.119: M581

Great Britain

1930-1939

Internal Affairs

Decimal Number 841

Film 9612

 

Great Britain

1930-1939

Political Relations with the United States

 

Film 9490

 

Great Britain

1940-1944

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 741 and 711.41

Film 9135

Micr DA587 .H93 1985

Great Britain 

1945-1949

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 741 and 711.41

Film 9134

Micr DA588 C543 1987

Hungary

1930-1944

Internal Affairs

Decimal number 864

Film 9120

Micr Z 2148.A5 G84 198

Indochina

1945-1949 

Internal Affairs

 

Film 9282

Micr DS550.C6 1985

Indochina

1950-1954

Internal Affairs

 

Film 9254

Micr DS546 .C46 1985

Indochina

1955-1959

Internal Affairs

Decimal numbers 751G, 751H, and 751J; 851G, 851H, and 851J; and 951G, 951H, and 951J

Film 9313

Micr DS 550 G84 1989

Indochina

1955-1959

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 651G, 651H, and 651J; and 611.51G, 611.51H, and 611.51J

Film 9313

Micr DS 550 G84 1989

Italy

1940-1944

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 765 and 711.65

Film 9109

Micr DG568.5 C6 1987

Italy

1945-1949

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 765-711.65

Film 9110

Micr DG572 G85 1987

Italy

1950-1954

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 665 and 611.65

Film 9190

Micr DG 477.5 .G852

Japan

1910-1929

Internal Affairs

 

Film 2143

Micr AE1.119: M422

Japan

1910-1929

Political Relations with other states

 

Film 2145

Micr AE1.119: M424

Japan

1910-1929

Political Relations with the United States

 

Film 2144

Micr AE1.119: M423

Mexico

1910-1929

Internal Affairs

 

Film 1045

Micr AE1.119: M274

Mexico

1910-1929

Political Relations with other states

 

Film 9301

Micr AE1.119: M315

Mexico

1910-1929

Political Relations with the United States

 

Film 865

Micr AE1.119: M314

Mexico

1930-1939

Internal Affairs

Decimal Number 812

Film 9163

 

Mexico

1940- 1944 

Internal Affairs

 

Film 9258/ Reels 1-43 (pt. 1: Political, governmental, and national defense affairs); Reels 1-67 (pt. 2: Social, economic, industrial, communications, transportation, and science)

Micr F1234 H92 1986

Mexico

1945-1949

Internal Affairs

 

Film 9259/ Reels 1-17a (pt. 1: Political, governmental, and national defense affairs); Reels 1-35b (pt. 2: Social, economic, industrial, communications, transportation, and science)

Micr F1234 .C762 1987

Mexico

1950-1954

Internal Affairs

Decimal numbers 712, 812, and 912

Film 9177

Micr F1235.Y36 1986

Mexico

1950-1954

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 612 and 611.12

Film 9280

Micr F1235 .Y359 1986

Mexico

1955-1959

Internal Affairs

Decimal numbers 712, 812, and 912

Film 9221

Micr F1235 .C764

Mexico

1955-1959

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 612 and 611.12

Film 9145

Micr F1235 C644 1987

Nicaragua

1945-1949

Internal Affairs

Decimal number 817

Film 9138

Micr Z1481 G74 1986

Nicaragua

1945-1949

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 717 and 711.17

Film 9138

Micr Z1481 G74 1986

Nicaragua

1950-1954

Internal Affairs

Decimal numbers 717, 817, and 917

Film 9139

Micr Z1481 G741 1986

Nicaragua

1950-1954

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 617 and 611.17

Film 9139

Micr Z1481 G741 1986

Nicaragua

1955-1959

Internal Affairs

Decimal numbers 717, 817, and 917

Film 8934

Micr F1527.H97 1987

Nicaragua

1955-1959

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 617 and 611.17

Film 8934

Micr F1527.H97 1987

Palestine

1945-1949

United Nations Activities

Decimal numbers 501.BB Palestine and 501

Film 8936

Micr DS126.4.D62 1987

Poland

1916-1944

Internal Affairs

Decimal Number 860c

Film 9220

Micr DK4397 .G85 1987

Poland

1945-1949

Internal Affairs

Decimal number 860C

Film 9130

Micr DK4429 .H95 1986

Poland

1945-1949

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 760C and 711.60C

Film 9130

Micr DK4429 .H95 1986

Poland

1950-1954

Internal Affairs

Decimal numbers 748, 848, and 948

Film 9129

Micr DK4429.C651 1986

Poland

1950-1954

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 648 and 611.48

Film 9129

Micr DK4429.C651 1986

Romania

1910-1944

Internal Affairs

Decimal number 871

Film 9159

 

Russia and the Soviet Union

1910-1929

Internal Affairs

 

Film 2130

Micr AE1.119: M316

Russia and the Soviet Union

1910-1929  

Political Relations with other states

 

Film 2128

Micr AE1.119: M340

Russia and the Soviet Union

1910-1929

Political Relations with the United States

 

Film 2125

Micr AE1.119: M333

Russia and the Soviet Union

 

Confidential U.S. diplomatic post records

 

Film 9169

Micr DK266.5 .C66

The Soviet Union

1930-1939

Internal Affairs

decimal  861

Film 9317

 

The Soviet Union

1930-1939 

Political Relations with the United States

 

Film 9263

 

The Soviet Union

1940-1945

Internal Affairs

Decimal number 861

Film 9285

 

The Soviet Union

1940-1944

Political Relations with the United States

 

Film 8972

 

The Soviet Union

1945-1949

Internal Affairs

 

Film 8540

Micr DK 267 L419

The Soviet Union

1945-1949

Foreign Affairs

 

Film 8541

Micr DK 267 L419

The Soviet Union

1950-1954

Internal Affairs

 

Film 9211

Micr DK 266 A3 G83

The Soviet Union

1950-1954

Foreign Affairs

 

Film 9211

Micr DK 266 A3 G83

The Soviet Union

1955-1959

Internal Affairs

Decimal numbers 761, 861, and 961

Film 9233

Micr DK274.G75 1989

The Soviet Union

1955-1959

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 661 and 611.61

Film 9283

Micr DK266.C622 1989

Spain

1930-1939

Foreign Affairs

Decimal numbers 752 and 711.52

Film 9105

Micr DP 257 H92 1986

Turkey

1910-1929

Political Relations with the United States

 

Film 9761

Micr AE1.119: M365 [index]

Turkey

 

1930-1944

Internal Affairs

Decimal Number 867

Film 9762

Online:

http://dds.crl.edu/loadStream.asp?iid=46983

 

Turkey, Greece, and the Balkan States

1930-1939

Political Relations

Decimal Numbers 767-771

Film 9763

Online:

http://dds.crl.edu/loadStream.asp?iid=46977

 

Turkey, Greece, and the Balkan States

1940-1944

Political Relations

Decimal Numbers 767-771

Film 9765

Online:

http://dds.crl.edu/loadStream.asp?iid=46979

 

Turkey and the U.S.

1910-1929

Political Relations Between

 

Film 9766,

Online:

http://dds.crl.edu/loadStream.asp?iid=41850

 

Turkey and the U.S.

1930-1944

Political Relations Between

 

Film 9767

 

Turkey and the U.S.

1945-1949

Political Relations Between

Decimal Number 867

Film 9768

Online:

http://dds.crl.edu/loadStream.asp?iid=46985

 

Ukraine

1918-1949

Internal Affairs

Decimal number 860E

Film 9229

 

Yugoslavia

1910-1929

Internal Affairs

 

Film 8851

 

Yugoslavia

1930-1944

Internal Affairs

 

Film 8850

 

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