National Archives at Atlanta

Checklist of Records Available for Research on the Far East at the National Archives at Atlanta

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Advance Notification of Research Visit:
Researchers wishing to use microfilm are requested to make advance reservations for microfilm viewing machines. Tuesday through Saturday, microfilm viewers are available in four hour blocks: 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.; 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Researchers wishing to use original records are encouraged to contact the staff by telephone or mail at least a week in advance of a prospective visit. Research in original records can be complex; advance notice assures more efficient service.

Public Research Rooms, Lockers, and Refreshments:
Personal belongings may be stored in lockers located adjacent to the lobby. Pocketbooks, briefcases, and other closed containers may not be taken into the Public Research Rooms (Textual Research Room, Microfilm Research Room, and Finding Aids Room). In addition, cell phones are not allowed in any of the Public Research Rooms; NARA has provided courtesy phones for local and credit card calls. Researchers may take a pencil, paper, and working notes into the Microfilm Research and Finding Aids Rooms. Working notes are not permitted in the Textual Research Room. Inquiries should be made about typewriters, laptop computers, etc. Eating, drinking and smoking are not permitted in any of the Public Research Rooms. Soft drink and snack vending machines are available in the building.

Obtaining Reproductions:
Copying textual and microfilmed records may be done in the Public Research Rooms on self-service equipment. Microfilm-to-paper copies can be obtained from coin-operated equipment; payment for paper-to-paper copies is tendered at the end of each day at the attendant's desk. By 4:45 P.M., all original records must be returned to Regional Archives staff and all accounts must be settled.

Requests by Telephone and Mail:
Researchers are responsible for conducting their own research. Regional Archives staff members and volunteers will attempt to answer specific requests received by mail or telephone. The Region cannot, however, do extensive research for the public. Copies of identified textual records may be ordered by mail for a fee, but the Region cannot provide copies from microfilm publications by mail.

Records Relating to the Far East:
The following National Archives Microfilm Publications are available at the National Archives-Southeast Region to assist Research in the history of the Far East (including Alaska, Persia, Russia and Oceania/U.S. Pacific Trusts), especially as viewed by American observers in the years from 1775 through World War II. Many important events of the past 200 years are reported. Included, for example, are commodore Perry's expedition to Japan, the purchase by the United States of Russian America (Alaska), the capture of the Philippines by the United States, the Boxer Rebellion, the Russo-Japanese War, the Bolshevik Revolution in Siberia, and activities in the Far East relating to World Wars I and II.

dp = National Archives Descriptive Pamphlet available

Diplomatic Records:

Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 204 Rolls. M 247 dp

Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 9 Rolls. M 332

Foreign Letters of the Continental Congress and the Department of State, 1785-1790. 1 Roll. M 61 dp

Domestic Letters of the Department of State, 1784-1906. 171 Rolls. M 40 dp
(the five-volume Index to the Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789 provides reference to documents in M247, M332, M61 and those pre-1790 documents found in M40)

Diplomatic and Consular Instructions of the Department of State, 1791-1801. 5 Rolls. (indexed) M 28 dp

Diplomatic Instructions of the Department of State, 1801-1906. 175 Rolls. M 77 dp

Consular Instructions of the Department of State, 1801-1834. 7 Rolls. (indexed or registered) M 78

State Department Registers of Correspondence, 1870-1906. 71 Rolls. M 17

Despatches From Special Agents, 1794-1906. 22 Rolls. M 37 dp

Despatches from U.S. Ministers Abroad, to 1906:

From U.S. Ministers Stationed in European Colonial Powers:
  • Great Britain, 1791-1906. 200 Rolls. M 30 dp
  • France, 1789-1906. 128 Rolls. M 34 dp
  • German States and Germany, 1799-1801 and 1835-1906. 107 Rolls. M 44 dp
  • The Netherlands, 1794-1906. 46 Rolls. M 42
  • Portugal, 1790-1906. 41 Rolls. M 43
  • Spain, 1792-1906. 134 Rolls. M 31 dp
From U.S. Ministers Stationed in Asian Nations:
  • China, 1843-1906. 131 Rolls. M 92 dp
  • Hawaii, 1843-1900. 34 Rolls. T 30
  • Japan, 1885-1906. 82 Rolls. M 133 dp
  • Korea, 1883-1905. 22 Rolls. M 134 dp
  • Persia, 1883-1906. 11 Rolls. M 223 dp
  • Russia, 1808-1906. 66 Rolls. M 35
  • Siam, 1882-1906. 9 Rolls. M 172 dp
Despatches from U.S. Consular Representatives in Asia, to 1906:
  • Amoy, China, 1844-1906. 15 Rolls. M 100
  • Chungking, China, 1896-1906. 1 Roll. M 104
  • Kanagawa, Japan, 1861-1897. 22 Rolls. M 135
  • Yokohama, Japan, 1897-1906. 5 Rolls. M 136
  • Medan-Pedang, Sumatra, 1853-1898. 2 Rolls. T 106
  • Seoul, Korea, 1886-1906. 2 Rolls. M 167 dp

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Notes from European Legations in the United States to the Department of State:
  • British Legation, 1791-1906. 145 Rolls. M 50
  • French Legation, 1789-1906. 32 Rolls. M 53 dp
  • German/German States Legation, 1817-1906. 35 Rolls. M 58
  • Netherlands Legation, 1784-1906. 13 Rolls. M 56 dp
  • Portuguese Legation, 1796-1906. 8 Rolls. M 57
  • Russian Legation, 1809-1906. 12 Rolls. M 39 dp
  • Spanish Legation, 1790-1906. 31 Rolls. M 59 dp
Notes from Asian Legations in the United States to the Department of State:
  • Chinese Legation, 1868-1906. 6 Rolls. M 98 dp
  • Hawaiian Legation, 1841-1899. 4 Rolls. T 160
  • Japanese Legation, 1858-1906. 9 Rolls. M 163 dp
  • Korean Legation, 1883-1906. 1 Roll. M 166
  • Persian Legation, 1887-1906. 1 Roll. T 306
  • Russian Legation, 1809-1906. 12 Rolls. M 39 dp
  • Samoan Legation, 1856-1894. 1 Roll. T 805
  • Siamese Legation, 1876-1906. 1 Roll. T 161
Notes to and from Foreign Legations and Consulates:
  • Notes from the Department of State to Foreign Ministers and Consuls in the United States, 1793-1834. 5 Rolls. M 38

  • Notes to Foreign Legations in the United States from the Department of State, 1834-1906. 99 Rolls. M 99

  • Notes to Foreign Consuls in the United States from the Department of State, 1853-1906. 4 Rolls. M 663

  • Notes from Foreign Consuls in the United States to the Department of State, 1789-1906. 11 Rolls. M 664

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State Department Decimal File, from 1910:

In 1910 the Department of State adopted a decimal filing system which combined diplomatic and consular communications. Records were divided into several subject classes, including internal affairs of a country and political relations between countries. Abstracts of documents are contained on the beginning roll or rolls of each microfilm publication.

Asia (Oman, Arabia, Azerbaijan, Syria, lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Mesopotamia [Iraq], Afghanistan, Transjordan, and Yemen):
  • Records Relating to Internal Affairs of Asia, 1910-29. 28 Rolls. M 722 dp

  • Records Relating to Political Relations Between Asia and the United States, 1920-29. 1 Roll. M 723 dp

  • Records Relating to Political Relations Between Asia and Other States, 1910-29. 1 Roll. M 724 dp

Australia:
  • Records Relating to Political Relations Between Australia and the United States, 1910-44. 1 Roll. T1191
British Asia (Aden, Bahrein Islands, Ceylon, Straits Settlements, Federated Malay States and Johore, Hong Kong, Weihaiwei, British Borneo, Trengganu, Fiji, Papua, and British Pacific Islands):

Records Relating to Internal Affairs of British Asia, 1910-29. 21 Rolls. M 712

Records Relating to Political Relations Between British Asia and Other States, Including the United States, 1910-29. 1 Roll. M 713

China:
  • Records Relating to Internal Affairs of China, 1910-1929. 227 Rolls. M 329 dp

  • Records Relating to Political Relations between China and the United States, 1910-29. 2 Rolls. M 339 dp

  • Records Relating to Political Relations between China and Other States, 1910-29. 34 Rolls. M 341 dp

Japan:
  • Records Relating to Internal Affairs of Japan, 1910-29. 43 Rolls. M 422 dp

  • Records Relating to Political Relations between Japan and the United States, 1910-29. 9 Rolls. M 423 dp

  • Records Relating to Political Relations between Japan and Other States, 1910-29. 1 Roll. M 424 dp

Persia (Iran):
  • Records Relating to Internal Affairs of Persia, 1910-29. 37 Rolls. M 715 dp

  • Records Relating to Political Relations between Persia and the United States, 1921-29. 1 Roll. M 716 dp

  • Records Relating to Political Relations between Persia and Other States, 1921-29. 1 Roll. M 717 dp

Soviet Union:
  • Records Relating to Internal Affairs of Soviet Union, 1940-44. 34 Rolls. T1250

  • Records Relating to Political Relations between Russia/Soviet Union and the United States, 1910-29. 7 Rolls. M 333 dp

  • Records Relating to Political Relations between the Soviet Union and the United States, 1930-39. 3 Rolls. T1241

  • Records Relating to Political Relations between the Soviet Union and the United States, 1940-44. 1 Roll. T1242

  • Records Relating to Political Relations between the Soviet Union and Other States, 1930-39. 14 Rolls. T1247

  • Records Relating to Political Relations between the Soviet Union and Other States, 1940-44. 4 Rolls. T1248

Syria:
Records Relating to Internal Affairs of Syria, 1930-44. 11 Rolls. T1177

Transjordan:
Records Relating to Internal Affairs of Transjordan, 1930-44. 1 Roll. T1181

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Other General Records of the State Department Relating to the FAR East:
List of U.S. Diplomatic Officers, 1789-1939. 3 Rolls. M 586 dp

List of U.S. Consular Officers, 1789-1939. 21 Rolls. M 587 dp

Papers Relating to the Cession of Alaska, 1856-1867 and 1936. 1 Roll. T 495

"The Alaska Treaty" by David Hunter Miller, Department of State. 1 Roll. T1024

Records of the Russian-American Company, 1802-1817-1867. 77 Rolls. (in Russian longhand) M 11 dp

Minutes of Treaty Conferences Between the United States and Japanese Representatives, and Treaty Drafts, 1872. 1 Roll. T 119

Records of the Paris Peace Commission, 1898. 3 Rolls. T 954

Records Relating to World War I and its Termination, 1914-29. 175 of 518 Rolls. M 367 dp

General Records of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, 1918-1931. 179 of 563 Rolls. M 820 dp

Correspondence of Secretary of State Bryan with President Wilson, 1913-1915. 4 Rolls. M1517

Personal and Confidential Letters From Secretary of State Lansing to President Wilson, 1915-1918. 1 Roll. M 743 dp

Records Relating to World War II, 1939-1945. Rolls 1-42 and 222-251. M 982 dp

Records of the Secretary of State's Staff Committee, 1944-1947. 5 Rolls. M1054 dp

Minutes of Meetings of the Interdivisional Area Committee on the Far East, 1943-1946. 1 Roll. T1197

State Department Documents of the Interdivisional Country and Area Committee, 1943-1946. 6 Rolls. T1221

State Department Documents of the Post-War Programs Committee, 1944. 4 Rolls. T1222

State-War-Navy Coordinating Commitee and State-Army-Navy-Air Force Coordinating Committee:

Decimal Subject Files, 1944-1948. 12 Rolls. M1195

Minutes of Meetings of the State-War-Navy Coordinating Committee, 1944-1947. 1 Roll. T1194

Records of the Subcommittee for the Far East, 1945-1948. 14 Rolls. T1205

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Military Records:

Historial Information Relating to Military Posts and Other Installations, 1700-1900. 8 Rolls. M 661 dp

(includes information on U.S. installations in the Philippines and Oceania)
Records of the American Section of the Supreme War Council, 1917-1919. 21 Rolls. M 923 dp

Historical Files of the American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia, 1918-1920. 11 Rolls. M 917 dp

Historical Files of the American Expeditionary Force, North Russia, 1918-1919. 2 Rolls. (includes material on Siberia) M 924 dp

Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II:

Miscellaneous Documents Relating to Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor and Other Japanese Military Activities, 1941-1945. 1 Roll. M1730

Miscellaneous Documents Relating to the Atomic Bombing of Japan, and Allied and Japanese Reports on the Chinese Communist Party. 8 Rolls. M1738

German and Japanese Surrender Documents of World War II and the Korean Armistice Agreements. 1 Roll. T 826

Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers Report on the Summation of U.S. Army Military and Non-Military Activities in the Far East, 1945-1947. 3 Rolls. M1725

International Military Tribunal for the Far East:

Photostatic Copies of Newspaper Articles Relating to Japanese War Crimes and Related War-Crime Trials, 1943-48. 1 Roll. M1731

Photographs of Japanese Soldiers and of Allied Prisoners of War, 1942-1945. 1 Roll. M1733

War Crimes Trial Documents Collected by the International Prosecution Section, 1945-1948. 1 Roll. M1679

Reports, Orders, Studies and Other Background Documents Collected by the International Prosecution Section, 1945-1947. 9 Rolls. M1681

Miscellaneous Documents Relating to Japan'S Economic, Industrial, Military, and Diplomatic Activities, 1929-1945, used as Background Materials by the International Prosecution Section. 7 Rolls. M1723

Analyses of the Documentary Evidence Introduced by the Prosecution, 1946-1948. 6 Rolls. M1697

Indexes to Numerical Case Files of the International Prosecution Section, 1945-1947, Relating to Particular Incidents and Suspected War Criminals. 3 Rolls. M1682

Indexes to Court Documents, Including Orders, Rules of Procedure, and Copies of the Indictment and Motions of the Defense, 1946- 1948. 1 Roll. M1698

Court Documents, Including Orders, Rules of Procedures, and Copies of the Indictment and Motions of the Defense, 1946-1948. 3 Rolls. M1699

Reviews of the Yokohama Class B and Class C War Crimes Trials by the 8th Army Judge Advocate, 1946-1949. 5 Rolls. M1112 dp

"Eyes Alone" Correspondence of General Joseph W. Stilwell, January 1942-October 1944. 5 Rolls. M1419 dp

U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey's Japanese Resources Reference Notebooks, 1945-1947. 6 Rolls. M1199

Papers and Minutes of Meetings of Principal World War II Allied Military Conferences, 1941-1945. 4 Rolls. M 995 dp

Harrison-Bundy Files Relating to the Development of the Atomic Bomb, 1942-1946. 9 Rolls. M1108 dp

Correspondence ("Top Secret") of the Manhattan Engineer District, 1942-1946. 5 Rolls. M1109 dp

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Naval Records:

Navy Department General Orders and Circulars, 1798-1862. 2 Rolls. M 977 dp

Navy Department General Orders, 1863-1948. 3 Rolls. M 984 dp

Annual Reports of Fleets and Task Forces of the U.S. Navy, 1920- 1941. 15 Rolls. M 971 dp

Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy From Commanding Officers of Squadrons, 1841-1886. 300 Rolls. M 89 dp

The Journals of Thomas A. Dornin, U.S. Navy, 1826-1855. 1 Roll. M 981 dp

Papers of Stephen C. Rowan, 1826-1890. 1 Roll. M 180 dp

Records of the U.S. Exploring Expedition under the Command of LT. Charles Wilkes, 1832-1842. 27 Rolls. M 75 dp

Records Relating to the U.S. Surveying Expedition to the North Pacific Ocean, 1852-1853. 27 Rolls. M 88 dp

Private Journals of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, 1853-1854. 1 Roll. T1097

Selected Naval Attache Reports Relating to the World Crisis, 1937-1943. 3 Rolls. M 975 dp

Logbooks of PT 109 (LT.(J.G.) John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Commanding). 1 Roll. T 576

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