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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, The Paris Peace Conference, 1919
(1919)

The Council of Four: minutes of meetings March 20 to May 24, 1919,   pp. [V]-917 ff. PDF (305.7 MB)


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NoTE CONCERNING ME MINUTES OF THE MPEIINGS
OF THE COUNCIL oF Fou 1
The minutes of the Council of Four published In this volume and volume VI
are, with two exceptions,2 those prepared by Sir Maurice Hankey of the British
delegation and received by the American delegation from the Secretariat of
the
British delegation. Other meetings of the Council of Four for which no minutes
appear in the Department's files are known to have been held.
The minutes of the meetings of the Council of Four appear in two series.
The first series is known as the "I. C. A." series and in it the
minutes of meet-
ings are designated by the letters "IC" followed by a serial number
and a letter.
The minutes in this series extend from IC-163A of March 20, 1919, 3 p. m.,
through
IC-181G of May 7, 1919, 4: 15 p. m.
In the second series the minutes are designated by the letters "COF"
followed
by a serial number. The CF series extends from CF-1 of May 8, 1919, 11 a.
In.,
through CF-99A of June 28, 1919, 6 p. m.
In addition to the notes taken by Sir Maurice Hankey, notes of certain of
the
meetings were taken in Italian by Count Luigi Aldrovandi Marescotti, Secretary
General of the Italian delegation, and have been published in two volumes,
as
follows: (1) for the periods April 17-24 and May 7-June 2, 1919, in Guerra
diplomatica; ricordi e frammenti di diario (1914-1919) (Milan, 1936), pp.
211-460; (2) for the period June 3-28, 1919, In Nuovi ricordi e frammenti
di,
diario (Milan, 1938), pp. 13-113. The first of these volumes has been trans-
lated into French by Mlle. F. Cravoisier: Guerre diplomatique (Paris, no
date);
and into German by Dr. Eugen Dollmann-Rom: Der Krieg der Diplomaten;
Brinnerungen und Tagebuchausziige, 1914-1919 (Munich, 1940).
1 Occasionally referred to as the Council of Five when a Japanese repre-
sentative was present (see, e. g., CF-94, vol. vi, p. 716), but in such cases
to be
distinguished from the Council of Foreign Ministers known regularly as the
Council of Five; also occasionally referred to as the Council of Three when
the
Italian representative was absent (see appendix to IC-180C, p. 440).
2 These exceptions are the minutes of meetings CF-18 of May 17 and CF-48
of June 5, 1919, at which Mr. C. L. Swem, President Wilson's stenographer,
was
present, and which are described as "stenographic notes" of these
meetings.
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