Afghanistan and the U.S., 1945-1963: Records of the U.S. State Department Classified Files

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The documents found in this archive are drawn from the U.S. State Department Central Classified Files. These files are the definitive source of American diplomatic reporting on worldwide political, military, social and economic developments in the 20th century. The archive contains a wide range of materials from U.S. diplomats, including: special reports on political and military affairs; studies and statistics on socioeconomic matters; interviews and minutes of meetings with foreign government officials; court proceedings and other legal documents; full texts of important letters, instructions, and cables sent and received by U.S. diplomatic personnel; voluminous reports and translations from foreign journals and newspapers; countless translations of high-level foreign government documents, including speeches, memoranda, official reports, and transcripts of political meetings and assemblies. Documents are arranged topically and chronologically, on crucial subjects such as political parties and elections, unrest and revolution, human rights, government, labor, housing, public health, religion, industry and much more.

Collections in the archive:

  • Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations Between the U.S. and Afghanistan, 1930-1963
  • Records of the Department of State Relating to Internal Affairs:  Afghanistan, 1945-1949 and 1960-1963
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