Northwestern University Libraries have been a U.S. Federal Depository Library since 1876. Our collection includes materials in paper, microfiche, CD-ROM, DVD formats and online formats. This guide is based on a similar guide by Kelly Smith at UCSD.
This resource provides researchers with the opportunity to understand and analyze Native American migration and resettlement throughout U.S. history, as well as U.S. Government Indian removal policies and subsequent actions to address Native American claims. Content includes decisions, transcripts, docket books, journals of the Indian Claims Commission, a judicial panel for relations between the U.S. Government and Native American tribes; and related statutes and congressional publications.
Records of the Children’s Bureau, 1912-1969 consists of reports, speeches, correspondence, and research materials from the Children’s Bureau, the first federal agency dedicated entirely to protecting the welfare of children and families. The documents in this collection span the years from its creation in 1912 through 1969 and originate from the administrative files of bureau staff members, including the bureau’s chiefs throughout the years: Julia Lathrop, Grace Abbott, Katharine Lenroot, Martha Eliot, and Katherine Oettinger. – Publisher
During World War II and the first decade and a half of the Cold War, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the State Department assigned leading scholars to write special, classified reports about Asia, Europe, the Soviet Union, Latin America, and Africa. At the time, the reports helped to shape U.S. foreign policy decisions, and, now, as part of History Vault, the over 3,500 reports in this module provide an excellent source for studying the major areas of the World during the period from 1941 to 1961. These reports are not contained in the State Department’s foreign relations series or the armed forces’ official histories. – Publisher
The U.S. State Department Central Files are an important source of American diplomatic reporting on political, military, social, and economic developments throughout the world in the 20th century. The Africa files cover the brutal civil war between Biafra and Nigeria in the late 1960s, the 1964 Rivonia trial of Nelson Mandela and seven leaders of the African National Congress, violent protest against the South African government coupled with police crackdowns on the resistance, the troubled relationship between the U.S. and the apartheid regime, and the first years of independence in Ghana and the Congo. The files on Egypt offer considerable detail on the Egyptian political structure which was dominated by Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1960s. Political issues are also covered in extensive detail in the files on Iran, Iraq, and Israel. Documents on Iran follow Ali Amin's tenure as prime minister and his succession by Asadollah Alam. In Israel, State Department personnel tracked developments in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), the political fortunes of important members of the Israeli government, and the fragile security situation faced by Israel. The countries covered in this module are: Biafra/Nigeria; Congo; Egypt; Ghana; South Africa; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Lebanon; Palestine; Saudi Arabia; the Persian Gulf States (Aden, Bahrein, Kuwait, Muscat & Oman, Qatar, Trucial Sheiks); and Yemen.
Primary source documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. Individual parts are: Afghanistan : the making of U.S. policy, 1973-1990 -- Argentina, 1975-1980 : the making of U.S. human rights policy -- The Berlin Crisis, 1958-1962 -- Chile and the United States : U.S. Policy toward Democracy, Dictatorship, and Human Rights, 1970-1990 -- China and the United States: from hostility to engagement, 1960-1998 -- CIA Covert Operations: From Carter to Obama, 1977-2010 -- CIA Covert Operations II: The Year of Intelligence, 1975 -- CIA Covert Operations III: From Kennedy to Nixon, 1961-1974 -- CIA Covert Operations, Part IV: The Eisenhower Years, 1953-1961 -- CIA Family Jewels Indexed -- Colombia and the United States: Political Violence, Narcotics, and Human Rights, 1948-2010 -- Cuba and the U.S.: The Declassified History of Negotiations to Normalize Relations, 1959-2016 -- The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 -- The Cuban Missile Crisis: 50th Anniversary Update -- The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited: An International Collection, From Bay of Pigs to Nuclear Brink -- Death Squads, Guerrilla War, Covert Ops, and Genocide: Guatemala and the United States, 1954-1999 --Donald Rumsfeld's Snowflakes, Part I: The Pentagon and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2001-2003 -- El Salvador: the making of U.S. policy, 1977-1984 -- Death squads, guerrilla war, covert operations, and genocide: Guatemala and the United States, 1954-1999 -- Electronic Surveillance and the National Security Agency: From Shamrock to Snowden -- El Salvador: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977-1984 -- El Salvador: war, peace, and human rights, 1980-1994 -- Iran: the making of U.S. policy, 1977-1980 -- The Iran-Contra Affair: the making of a scandal, 1983-1988 -- Iraqgate: Saddam Hussein, U.S. policy and the prelude to the Persian Gulf War, 1980-1994 -- Japan and the United States: diplomatic, security, and economic relations, 1960-1976 -- Japan and the United States : diplomatic, security, and economic relations, 1977-1992 -- Japan and the United States: diplomatic, security, and economic relations, Part III, 1961-2000 -- The Kissinger Conversations, Supplement: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977 -- The Kissinger Conversations, Supplement II: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977 -- Kissinger telephone conversations: a verbatim record of U.S. diplomacy, 1969-1977 -- Kissinger transcripts: a verbatim record of U.S. diplomacy, 1969-1977 -- Mexico-United States counternarcotics policy, 1969-2013 -- National Security Agency, organization and operations, 1945-2009 -- Nicaragua: the making of U.S. policy, 1978-1990 -- Peru : human rights, drugs and democracy, 1980-2000 -- The Philippines: U.S. policy during the Marcos years, 1965-1986 -- Presidential directives on national security from Harry Truman to William Clinton, Part I -- Presidential directives on national security from Harry Truman to George W. Bush, Part II -- The President's Daily Brief: Kennedy, Johnson, and the CIA, 1961-1969 -- South Africa: the making of U.S. policy, 1962-1989 -- The Soviet estimate: U.S. analysis of the Soviet Union, 1947-1991 -- Soviet-U.S. Relations: The End of the Cold War, 1985-1991 -- Targeting Iraq, Part 1: Planning, Invasion, and Occupation, 1997-2004 -- Targeting Iraq, Part II: War and Occupation, 2004-2011 -- Terrorism and US policy 1968-2002 -- U.S. espionage and intelligence, 1947-1996 -- U.S. Intelligence and China: Collection, Analysis and Covert Action -- The U.S. intelligence community: organization, operations and management, 1947-1989 -- The U.S. Intelligence Community After 9/11 -- U.S. intelligence on weapons of mass destruction: from World War II to Iraq -- U.S. military uses of space, 1945-1991 -- U.S. Nuclear History, 1969-1976: Weapons, Arms Control, and War Plans in an Age of Strategic Parity -- U.S. nuclear history: nuclear arms and politics in the Missile Age, 1955-1968 -- U.S. nuclear non-proliferation policy, 1945-1991 -- U.S. Nuclear Nonproliferation 2, Part I: From Atoms for Peace to the NPT, 1954-1968 -- U.S. policy in the Vietnam War. Part I: 1954-1968 -- U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part II: 1969-1975 -- The United States and the Two Koreas, 1969-2000 -- The United States and the Two Koreas, Part II, 1969-2010 -- U.S. Policy toward Iran: From the Revolution to the Nuclear Accord, 1978-2015 -- The President's Daily Brief: Nixon, Ford, and the CIA, 1969-1977 -- Donald Rumsfeld's Snowflakes, Part I: The Pentagon and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2001-2003 -- Donald Rumsfeld’s Snowflakes, Part II: The Pentagon and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2004-2006 -- U.S. Climate Change Diplomacy: From the Montreal Protocol to the Paris Agreement, 1981-2015 -- Afghanistan War and the United States, 1998-2017.