1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 28, 2021 11:09 AM by Sylvia Naylor

    Seeking Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees

    Lauren Sands Newbie

      Hello! I am looking for Dept. of State records pertaining to the U.S. negotiation of the 1967 refugee protocol, from the years 1965 (when the draft protocol was circulated) to 1968 (when the U.S. signed the treaty). At the moment, I am trying to locate two memorandums that were sent by Ambassador Graham Martin, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for Refugee and Migration Affairs, to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in July 1968. I would appreciate any leads or recommendations! Thank you so much

        • Re: Seeking Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees
          Sylvia Naylor Scout

          Dear Ms. Sands,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 1 collection, 2 series, 434 file units & 121 items in various record groups & collections that relate to Ambassador Graham Martin during the 1960s. Please note that some of these records have been digitized and may be viewed using the Catalog. For access to the non-digitized records, please contact the reference unit listed in the Catalog description.]


          The primary source for documentation on U.S. foreign policy and events in various countries, including refugees, is the Department of State central file, part of Record Group (RG 59) (General Records of the Department of State). The 1965-1968 portion of these records does include policy documents relating to refugees. Unfortunately, these records are not digitized.  More detail about these records is available at http://www.archives.gov/research/foreign-policy/index.html


          Further, we suggest that you review a webpage on the National Archives website dedicated to Records Relating to World War II Refugees that provides information on records on this subject produced by civilian and military agencies. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from various NARA reference units including RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Lastly, if you have not already done so you should consult FOREIGN RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES (FRUS).This is a State Department publication of selected documents from State Department files and other sources. Besides providing the text of important foreign policy documents, FRUS also provides the source file numbers (printed either with the document or as footnotes) which are the keys to obtaining access not only to the printed item but to other documents on the same subject but not selected for publication.  Volumes are available online at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/frus/ 


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!