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Asian Studies: Historical Archival Collections: Middle East & South Asia
The University Libraries own a variety of print and electronic resources to use when researching your topics. The following are a few core tools in Asian Studies to help you begin your research process.
Issued by the Foreign and Colonial Offices since around 1820, the Confidential Print series originated out of a need for the Government to preserve all of the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices. Some of these were one-page letters or telegrams; others were large volumes or texts of treaties. All items marked 'Confidential Print' were printed and circulated immediately to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet and to heads of British missions abroad.
This collection contains Bush Presidential Records from a variety of White House offices. These files consist of letters of correspondence, memoranda, coversheets, notes, distribution lists, newspaper articles, informational papers, published articles, and reports from the public, the Congress, Bush administration officials, and other various federal agencies primarily regarding American Middle East peace policy and the United States' role in the many facets of the Middle East peace process.
Presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the university level.
Includes the following collections: Actes royaux français, 1256-1794 (French Royal Acts, 1256-1794); Afghanistan and the U.S., 1945-1963: Records of the U.S. State Department Central Classified Files; African America, Communists, and the National Negro Congress, 1933-1947; Alexander III and the Policy of Russification, 1883-1886; Ambassador Graham Martin and the Saigon Embassy's Back Channel Communication Files, 1963-1975; Amerasia Affair, China, and Postwar Anti-Communist Fervor; America in Protest: Records of Anti-Vietnam War Organizations, The Vietnam Veterans Against the War; American Indian Correspondence: Presbyterian Historical Society Collection of Missionaries' Letters, 1833-1893; American Indian Movement and Native American Radicalism; Black Economic Empowerment: The National Negro Business League; Black Liberation Army and the Program of Armed Struggle; Black Nationalism and the Revolutionary Action Movement: The Papers of Muhammad Ahmad (Max Stanford); Bush Presidency and Development and Debate Over Civil Rights Policy and Legislation; Chinese Civil War and U.S.-China Relations: Records of the U.S. State Department's Office of Chinese Affairs, 1945-1955; Chinese Recorder and the Protestant Missionary Community in China, 1867-1941; City and Business Directories: Alabama, 1837-1929; City and Business Directories: Arkansas, 1871-1929; City and Business Directories: Louisiana, 1805-1929; City and Business Directories: Maryland, 1752-1929; City and Business Directories: Mississippi, 1860-1929; City and Business Directories: North Carolina, 1886-1929; City and Business Directories: Tennessee, 1849-1929; City and Business Directories: Virginia, 1801-1929; City and Business Directories: West Virginia, 1839-1929; Civil War in Words and Deeds; Civil War Service Reports of Union Army Generals; Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990: Reduction of Acid Rain, Urban Air Pollution, and Environmental Policy; Cold War: Voices of Confrontation and Conciliation; Colección Revolución, 1910-1921; Commercial and Trade Relations Between Tsarist Russia, the Soviet Union and the U.S., 1910-1963; Conditions & Politics in Occupied Western Europe, 1940-1945; Confederate Newspapers: Collection from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama; Correspondence from German Concentration Camps and Prisons; County and Regional Histories & Atlases: California; County and Regional Histories & Atlases: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin; Cuartel General del Sur, 1910-1925; Cyprus Crisis in 1967; Czechoslovakia from Liberation to Communist State, 1945-63: Records of the U.S. State Department Classified Files; Democracy in Turkey, 1950-1959: Records of the U.S. State Department Classified Files; Development of Environmental Health Policy: Pope A. Lawrence Papers 1924-1983; Dublin Castle Records 1798-1926; East Germany from Stalinization to the New Economic Policy, 1950-1963; Economy and War in the Third Reich, 1933-1944; Emiliano Zapata, 1901-1919; European Colonialism in the Early 20th Century: Colonialism and Nationalism in the Dutch East Indies, 1910-1930; European Colonialism in the Early 20th Century: German Colonies in Asia and the Pacific: From Colonialism to Japanese Mandates, 1910-1929; Evangelism and the Syria-Lebanon Mission: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Missions, 1869-1910; Evangelism in Africa: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Missions, 1835-1910; Fannie Lou Hamer: Papers of a Civil Rights Activitist, Political Activist, and Woman; FBI Surveillance of James Forman and SNCC; Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s; Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984; Federal Surveillance of the Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño; Feminism in Cuba: Nineteenth through Twentieth Century Archival Documents; Fight for Racial Justice and the Civil Rights Congress; Final Accountability Rosters of Japanese-American Relocation Centers, 1944-1946; Foreign Relations between Latin America and the Caribbean States, 1930-1944; Foreign Relations Between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean States, 1930-1944; France Pendant la Guerre 1939-1945: Résistance et Journaux de Vichy (Voices from Wartime France 1939-1945: Clandestine Resistance and Vichy); General George C. Marshall's Mission to China, 1945-1947; German Folklore and Popular Culture: Das Kloster. Scheible; German Foreign Relations and Military Activities in China, 1919-1935; Global Missions and Theology; Greensboro Massacre, 1979: Shootout between the American Nazis and the Communist Workers Party; Guerra Civil Española; Hindu Conspiracy Cases: Activities of the Indian Independence Movement in the U.S., 1908-1933; Hollywood, Censorship, and the Motion Picture Production Code, 1927-1968; Holocaust and the Concentration Camp Trials: Prosecution of Nazi War Crimes; Homophile Movement: Papers of Donald Stewart Lucas, 1941-1976; In Response to the AIDS Crisis: Records of the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 1983-1994; India from Crown Rule to Republic, 1945-1949: Records of the U.S. State Department; Indochina, France, and the Viet Minh War, 1945-1954: Records of the U.S. State Department, Part 1: 1945-1949; Intelligence Reports from the National Security Council's Vietnam Information Group, 1967-1975; Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees: The West's Response to Jewish Emigration; International Women's Movement: The Pan Pacific Southeast Asia Women's Association of the USA, 1950-1985; International Women's Periodicals, 1786-1933: Social and Political Issues; James Meredith, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Integration of the University of Mississippi; Japan at War and Peace, 1930-1949: U.S. State Department Records on the Internal Affairs of Japan; Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life; Jewish Question: Records from the Berlin Document Center; Jewish Underground Resistance: The David Diamant Collection; JFK's Foreign Affairs and International Crises, 1961-1963; Journaux de la Révolution de 1848 (Newspapers of the French Revolution 1848); King and the People in Morocco, 1950-1959: U.S. State Department Records on the Internal Affairs of Morocco; L'Affaire Dreyfus: Son Influence dans la Création de la France Moderne (The Dreyfus Affair in the Making of Modern France); Liberation Movement in Africa and African America; Literature, Culture and Society in Depression Era America: Archives of the Federal Writers' Project; Mafia in Florida and Cuba: FBI Surveillance of Meyer Lansky and Santo Trafficante, Jr.; Meriam Report on Indian Administration and the Survey of Conditions of the Indians in the U.S.; Middle East Online: Arab-Israeli Relations, 1917-1970; Middle East Online: Iraq, 1914-1974; Military Leaders of World War I: Official and Private Papers of Generaloberst Hans von Seeckt; Minutemen, 1963-1969: Evolution of the Militia Movement in America, Part I; Mountain People: Life and Culture in Appalachia; Narcotic Addiction and Mental Health: The Clinical Papers of Lawrence Kolb Sr; National Security and FBI Surveillance Enemy Aliens; Nazi Bank and Financial Institutions: U.S. Military Government Investigation Reports and Interrogations of Nazi Financiers, 1945-1949; Nazism in Poland: Diary of Governor-General Hans Frank; Nicaragua: Political Instability and U.S. Intervention, 1910-1933; Nineteenth Century English-Language Journals from the Far East; Northern Ireland: A Divided Community, 1921-1972 Cabinet Papers of the Stormont Administration; Nuremburg Laws and Nazi Annulment of German Jewish Nationality; Occupation and Independence: The Austrian Second Republic, 1945-1963; Overland Journeys: Travels in the West, 1800-1880; Papers of the Nixon Administration: The President's Confidential and Subject Special Files, 1969-1974; Patriotes aux Armes! (Patriots to Arms!): The Underground Resistance in France, Belgium, Holland, and Italy, 1939-1945; Persian Gulf States and Yemen, 1950-1959; Personal Justice Denied: Public Hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment, 1981; Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin: Beyond the Daughters of Bilitis; Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin and the Daughters of Bilitis; Policing the Shanghai International Settlement, 1894-1945; Political Relations and Conflict between Republican China and Imperial Japan, 1930-1939: Records of the U.S. State Department; Political, Economic, and Military Conditions in China: Reports and Correspondence of the U.S. Military Intelligence Division, 1918-1941; Post-War Europe: Refugees, Exile and Resettlement, 1945-1950; Price Control in the Courts: The U.S. Emergency Court of Appeals, 1941-1961; Psychological Warfare and Propaganda in World War II: Air Dropped and Shelled Leaflets and Periodicals; Quest for Labor Equality in Household Work: National Domestic Workers Union, 1965-1979; Records of the National Council for United States-China Trade 1973-1983; Records of the Persian Gulf War; Republic of New Afrika; Revolution in Honduras and American Business: The Quintessential Banana Republic; Revolution in Mexico, the 1917 Constitution, and Its Aftermath: Records of the U.S. State Department; SAFEHAVEN Reports on Nazi Looting of Occupied Countries and Assets in Neutral Countries; Savings and Loan Crisis: Loss of Public Trust and the Federal Bailout, 1989-1993; Socialism and National Unity in Yugoslavia, 1945-63: Records of the U.S. State Department Classified Files; Society, Culture & Politics in Canada: Canadiana Pamphlets from McMaster University, 1818-1929; Southern Literary Messenger: Literature of the Old South; Testaments to the Holocaust. Documents and Rare Printed Materials from the Wiener Library, London; Through the Camera Lens: The Moving Picture World and the Silent Cinema Era, 1907-1927; Tiananmen Square and U.S.-China Relations, 1989-1993; U.S. and Iraqi Relations: U.S. Technical Aid, 1950-1958; U.S. Civilian Advisory Effort in Vietnam: U.S. Operations Mission, 1950-1954; U.S. Middle East Peace Policy and America's Role in the Middle East Peace Process, 1989-1993; U.S. Military Advisory Effort in Vietnam: Military Assistance Advisory Group, Vietnam, 1950-1964; U.S. Relations and Policies in Southeast Asia, 1944-1958: Records of the Office of Southeast Asian Affairs; U.S. Relations with the Vatican and the Holocaust, 1940-1950; Union Label and the Needle Trades: Records of the United Garment Workers of America; War Department and Indian Affairs, 1800-1824; War of 1812: Diplomacy on the High Seas; We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death: Freedom Riders in the South, 1961; Witchcraft in Europe and America; Women Organizing Transnationally: The Committee of Correspondence, 1952-1969; Women, War and Society, 1914-1918; Women's Issues and Their Advocacy Within the White House, 1974-1977; World War I and Revolution in Russia, 1914-1918; World War II, Occupation, and the Civil War in Greece, 1940-1949: Records of the U.S. State Department Classified Files; Evangelism in Thailand: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1840-1910; Evangelism in Philippines: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1898-1910; Evangelism in Latin America: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1854-1911; Evangelism in Korea: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1884 to 1911; Evangelism in Japan: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1859 to 1911; Evangelism in Iran: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1847-1911; Evangelism in China: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1837 to 1911; Russian Civil War and American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia, 1918-20; Saudi Arabia: Records of the US Department of State, 1930-1959; Politics, Social Activism and Community Support: Selected Gay and Lesbian Periodicals and Newsletters; Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Enforcement of Federal Law in the South, 1871-1884; Romania: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1945-1963; Poland: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1945-1963; Reporting on the Coal Industry: The Coal Trade Bulletin, 1901-1918; Shanghai Municipal Council: The Municipal Gazette, 1908-1940; Records of the U.S. Information Service in China: Chinese Press Reviews and Summaries, 1944-1950; Records of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Republic of China Affairs, Subject Files, 1951-1978; Records of the U.S. Department of State’s Division of Chinese Affairs, 1944-1947; Records of the Far Eastern Commission, 1945-1952; Robert Winslow Gordon and American Folk Music; Methodist Church Archives: Missionary Activities; Palestine and Israel: Records of the US Department of State, 1945-1959; Morocco: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1797-1929; Libya: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1796-1885; Lincoln at the Bar: Extant Case Files from the U.S. District and Circuit Courts, Southern District of Illinois 1855-1861; Pakistan from Crown Rule to Republic: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1945-1949; Mercure de France, 1672-1810; Minutes of the Shanghai Municipal Council, 1854-1943; Papers of Sir Austen Chamberlain; Papers of Neville Chamberlain; Papers of Joseph Chamberlain; Liberia and the U.S.: Nation-Building in Africa, 1918-1935; U.S. Civilian Advisory Effort in Vietnam: U.S. Operations Mission, 1954-1957--Classified & Subject Files of the Executive Office; Sukarno and the Army-PKI Rivalry in the Years of Living Dangerously, 1960-1963; Sunday School Movement and Its Curriculum; World Communism: Pamphlets from McMaster University; Turkey: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1802-1949; U.S. Operations Mission to Saudi Arabia, 1950-1955: Correspondence and Subject Files of the Office of the Director; Turkey, Greece, and the Balkan States: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1930-1944; Grassroots Civil Rights and Social Action: Council for Social Action; Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Trans-Jordan: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1836-1944; Iraq: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1888-1944; Iran (Persia): Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1883-1959; French Mandate in The Lebanon, Christian-Muslim Relations, and the U.S. Consulate at Beirut; Indian Army and Colonial Warfare on the Frontiers of India, 1914-1920; India-Pakistan Conflict: Records of the U.S. State Department, February 1963-1966; German Anti-Semitic Propaganda, 1909-1941; Greece: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1950-1963; Japan: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1950-1959; Indian Trade in the Southeastern Spanish Borderlands: Papers of Panton, Leslie and Company ;Grassroots Civil Rights & Social Activism: FBI Files on Benjamin J. Davis, Jr.; Evangelism in India: Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1833-1910; Electing the President: Proceedings of the Republican National Conventions, 1856-1988; Electing the President: Proceedings of the Democratic National Conventions, 1832-1988; Egypt: Records of the U.S. Department of State; FDR, the New Deal, and Race Relations, 1933-1945; Aden: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1880-1906; Afghanistan in 1919: The Third Anglo-Afghan ; Albania: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1945-1963; American Fur Company: America's First Business Monopoly; Allied Propaganda in World War II and the British Political Warfare Executive; Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society, Part 2; American Art-Union, 1839-1851: The Rise of American Art Literacy; Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society, Part I; European Colonialism in the Early 20th Century: Political and Economic Consolidation of Portuguese Colonies in Africa, 1910-1929; European Colonialism in the Early 20th Century: Italian Colonies in North Africa and Aggression in East Africa, 1930-1939; European Colonialism in the Early 20th Century: French Colonialism in Africa: From Algeria to Madagascar, 1910-1930; European Colonialism in the Early 20th Century: French Colonialism in Africa: From Algeria to Madagascar, 1910-1930; Ralph J. Bunche Oral Histories Collection on the Civil Rights Movement; Rastafari Collection; Liberia and the U.S.: Nation-Building in Africa, 1864-1918; Integration of Alabama Schools and the U.S. Military, 1963; Country Intelligence Reports/State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research Reports: USSR; British Mandate in Palestine, Arab-Jewish Relations & the U.S.; British Campaign in Mesopotamia, 1914-1918; City and Business Directories: Florida, 1882-1929; Crisis in the Dominican Republic: Records of the U.S. State Department Central Files, February 1963-1966; China: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1940-1944; Country Intelligence Reports/State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research Reports: China; Chinese Maritime Customs Service: The Customs’ Gazette, 1869-1913; Country Intelligence Reports/State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research Reports: Korea; Country Intelligence Reports/State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research Reports: Japan; Venezuela: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1960-1963; Peru: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1960-1963; Nicaragua: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1960-1963; Panama: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1950-1963; Colombia: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1960-1963; Ecuador: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1960-1963; Nixon Administration and Foreign Affairs; South Vietnam: Records of the Office of the Defense Attaché, 1973-1975; Laos: Records of the Department of State, 1963-1966; Johnson Administration and Foreign Affairs; Ford Administration and Foreign Affairs; Hungary: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1945-1963; Industrial Mobilization in Britain and the Ministry of Munitions, 1915-1918; Korea: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1930-1963; Bolivia: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1960-1963; Argentina: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1960-1963; Cambodia: Records of the Department of State, 1960-1963; Chile: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1930-1963; Brazil: Records of the U.S. Department of State, 1960-1963; FBI File: Watergate; FBI File: Waco/Branch Davidian Compound; FBI File: House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC); FBI File: Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.; FBI File: Alger Hiss/Whittaker Chambers; Economic Cooperation Administration’s Relief Mission in Post-War China, 1946-1948; National Farm Worker Ministry: Mobilizing Support for Migrant Workers, 1939-1985; SUR; Japanese American Internment: Records of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Digital Archive; Sources in U.S. History; Introduction to U.S. History: The American Revolution; Introduction to U.S. History: The Civil War; Introduction to U.S. History: Slavery in America
Afghanistan's history, internal political development, foreign relations, and very existence as an independent state have largely been determined by its geographic location at the crossroads of Central, West, and South Asia.
Covers the years from 1947 to 1980, encompassing files on all the countries of South Asia: principally India and Pakistan, but also Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ceylon/Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and the Maldives.
From 1915 to 1917, the British government repeatedly requested that the United States government suppress the activities of Ghadar Party in the USA. However, these requests were turned down, as nothing in U.S. law prevented the Indians from seeking to overthrow the British government.
The numbers of British in India were small, yet they were able to rule two-thirds of the subcontinent directly and exercise considerable leverage over the princely states that accounted for the remaining one-third of the area. There were 674 of these states in 1900, with a population of 73 million. In general, the princely states were strong supporters of the British regime, and the Raj left them alone.
The papers of two leading actors in the East India Company in mid-18th century Bengal from the National Library of Wales. Chiefly in English, but with an array of original correspondence with local figures in Indo-Persian and occasionally Bengali, Marathi and Tamil, this collection allows researchers to understand the complex political web in the subcontinent as the power of the Mughal Empire began to wane.
The papers of Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, the 4th Earl of Minto, (1845-1914), Viceroy of India between 1905 and 1910, cover a period of dramatic and momentous change in the history of colonial India..
On 20 March 1929, thirty-one people, suspected of either communist or trades unionist affiliations, were arrested across India, including Bombay, Calcutta and Poona. They were to be shortly followed by a thirty-second person - Hugh Lester Hutchinson - in June of the same year. Collectively, they were charged "under section 121A of the Indian Penal Code, of conspiracy to deprive the King of the sovereignty of British India."
Drawing upon the manuscript collections of the National Library of Scotland this resource will be of great value to all interested in the History of South Asia between the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 and the granting of independence to India and Pakistan in 1947.
Great Britain's intimate involvement with the foundation of the state of Iraq and with the early direction of its government makes the National Archives at Kew the single major source for understanding the processes which formed the modern state and its politics. It is through the documents filed here that the reader can form an accurate impression of the British administrators, their concerns, their views of Iraq and the Iraqis and their reasons for devising policies that were to have a marked effect on the course of Iraqi political history long after British influence had come to an end.
These documents highlight the structure and activities of the Persian Gulf States' and Yemen's political system, government, judiciary, laws, military, customs, economy, finance, agriculture, natural resources, industry, communications, and media. Because of the broad scope of these records, they both supplement and complement the coverage offered by the State Department's Foreign Relations of the United States series.
By the time of the end of the Iraq-Iran in August 1988, Iraq was virtually bankrupt, with most of its debt owed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Iraq pressured both nations to forgive the debts, but they refused. Kuwait was also accused by Iraq of exceeding its OPEC quotas and driving down the price of oil, thus further hurting the Iraqi economy.
A close examination of the efforts of the U.S. Operations Mission (USOM) in Iraq indicates, both that there were some severe obstacles faced by the mission and that, despite these, the success achieved was considerable. Three kinds of aid were provided: United States technicians advised or worked with the Iraqi Government; supplies and equipment were provided for demonstration purposes; and Iraqi personnel were sent to the United States or third countries for observation or training programs.
No subject commands more interest in the Middle East than the Arab-Israeli conflict. The bibliography on Palestine and Israel is vast and growing. No source has been more essential to historians of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict than the National Archives in Kew, UK. This archive places before scholars of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict, for the first time, the widest range of original source material from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office and Cabinet Papers preserved at the National Archives, from the Balfour Declaration through to the Black September War of 1970-71.
The establishment in 1837 of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.'s (PCUSA) Board of Foreign Missions (BFM) signaled the beginning of a worldwide missionary operation destined to embrace approximately fifteen countries located on four different continents. Presbyterian interest in foreign missions however predated the creation of the BFM by almost three-quarters of a century.
The official image of Turkish society promoted by the ruling elite since the 1920s is one of relative homogeneity. This image has been enshrined in successive constitutions of the republic in which it is stated that "the Turkish state, with its territory and nation, is an indivisible entity." In reality, however, Turkish society is a mosaic of diverse and at times contending ethnic and linguistic groups.