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Government Documents: State

A guide for the Government Documents Collection

Mission Statement

The Department's mission is to shape and sustain a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere. This mission is shared with the USAID, ensuring we have a common path forward in partnership as we invest in the shared security and prosperity that will ultimately better prepare us for the challenges of tomorrow.


The Department of State publishes on the Internet a large volume of reports, statements, and releases on foreign affairs issues as well as information on Department services. Start your search here.


Historical Documents

Thomas Jefferson, First Secretary of State

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The State Department's historian provides all sorts of historical material: historical documents, department history, key milestones, and more.

Learn about former Secretaries of State here.

Treaties and other International Acts

Find Texts (1996-2015)of International Agreements to which the US is a Party (TIAS) here.

For guidance on locating GPO TIAS publications and other treaty texts, please visit this page “Finding Agreement Texts