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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1950. National security affairs; foreign economic policy

Trask, David F.
Preface,   pp. III-IV PDF (732.0 KB)

Page IV

by Mr. Frank B. Kellogg, then Secretary of State. The text of the
regulation, as further amended, is printed below:
1351 Scope of Documentation
  The publication Foreign Relations of the United States constitutes
the official record of the foreign policy of the United States. These
volumes include, subject to necessary security considerations, all docu-
ments needed to give a comprehensive record of the major foreign
policy decisions within the range of the Department of State's respon-
sibilities, together with appropriate materials concerning the facts
which contributed to the formulation of policies. When further ma-
terial is needed to supplement the documentation in the Department's
files for a proper understanding of the relevant policies of the United
States, such papers should be obtained from     other Government
1352 Editorial Preparation
  The basic documentary diplomatic record to be printed in Foreign
Relations of the United States is edited by the Historical Office, Bu-
reau of Public Affairs of the Department of State. The editing of the
record is guided by the principles of historical objectivity. There may
be no alteration of the text, no deletions without indicating where in
the text the deletion is made, and no omission of facts which were of
major importance in reaching a decision. Nothing may be omitted for
the purpose of concealing or glossing over what might be regarded by
some as a defect of policy. However, certain omissions of documents
are permissible for the following reasons:
    a. To avoid publication of matters which would tend to impede
       current diplomatic negotiations or other business.
    b. To condense the record and avoid repetition of needless details.
    c. To preserve the confidence reposed in the Department by indi-
       viduals and by foreign governments.
    d. To avoid giving needless offense to other nationalities or
    e. To eliminate personal opinions presented in despatches and not
       acted upon by the Department. To this consideration there is
       one qualification-in connection with major decisions it is
       desirable, where possible, to show the, alternatives presented to
       the Department before the decision was made.
1353  Clearance
  To obtain appropriate clearances of material to be published in
Foreign Relations of the United States, the Historical Office:
    a. Refers to the appropriate policy offices of the Department and
       of other agencies of the Government such papers as appear to
       require policy clearance.
    b. Refers to the appropriate foreign governments requests for
       permission to print as part of the diplomatic correspondence of
       the United States those previously unpublished documents
       which were originated by the foreign governments.

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