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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Quarterly Release of Newly Digitized Foreign Relations Volumes

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History,Russia

Latest releases, covering years 1912-1918 with three supplemental volumes on World War I and three on Russia from 1918, in the ongoing effort to offer a complete series of the Foreign Relations of the U.S. From the Office of the Historian of the State Department


Report of the Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation, 2016

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History,Iran

Reveals that the long-awaited Iran Retrospective volume, covering events at the time of the overthrow of the Mossadegh regime, now has “no timetable for its release.”  The original Iran volume of the Foreign Relations series, released in 1989 made no mention of CIA covert action, which led to legislation requiring the FRUS to be a “thorough, accurate, and reliable” documentary history of U.S. foreign policy.  From the State Department, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives

Categories: Arts/Humanities,History

Announces a partnership between the National Archives through its National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to plan and build a sustainable system for the publication of digital editions that will make historical records available to the American people.  Planning grants will be awarded to create Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives.  From the National Archives


Rosenberg Grand Jury Transcripts

Categories: Communism,Crime/Justice,Govt Information,History,Spying/Intelligence

Features the release of the last remaining sealed grand jury testimony, that of William Danziger, in the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted of spying for the Soviet Union in the early 1950s.  From the National Archives


A Brief History of Attorney General Recusal

Categories: Crime/Justice,History

Lists 15 occasions since 1989 that U.S. Attorney Generals have recused themselves from cases and the reasons for the recusals.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Scalia Vacancy in Historical Context: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,History,Supreme Court/courts

Discusses the issues around the vacancy on the Supreme Court, the longest since 1861, caused by the death of Justice Scalia in February 2016.  From


History of Child Labor in the United States: Part 2: The Reform Movement

Categories: Children,Congress,History,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

Discusses the struggle to pass child labor reform at the federal level due to the opposition of some states, especially in the South. A breakthru came in 1916 with the passage of legislation giving Congress the authority to regulate commerce between states.  From the Monthly Labor Review of the Bureau of Labor Statistics


History of Child Labor in the United States: Part One: Little Children Working

Categories: Children,History,Labor/Employment,Statistics

Discusses the use of child labor in the U.S., concentrating on the period after the Civil War through the rise of the child labor reform movement.  From the Monthly Labor Review of the Bureau of Labor Statistics


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