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Consular Dispatches

Format and number of items

Microfilm. Approximately 400 rolls of film.

Location

varies

Publisher

National Archives

In InfoLinks?

No, these documents are not in InfoLinks; only series titles are in the catalog. Use the printed guides available at the Periodicals Desk to locate documents (usually by date).

Description

Collects correspondence from various consuls or ministers back to the Department of State. These series are derived from Record Group 59 (General Records of the Department of State). The documents describe the local economic and political situation, social conditions, and similar topics.
The University Libraries have the following series:

  • Despatches from United States Ministers in China, 1843-1906 (Film 604; 131 rolls)
  • Despatches from the United States Consuls in Amoy (China), 1844-1906 (PER MFILM E183.8.C6 U526 1947; 15 rolls)
  • Despatches from the United States Consuls in Canton, 1790-1906 (PER MFILM E 183.8 .C6 U48 1947; 20 rolls)
  • Despatches from the United States Consuls in Foochow, 1849-1906 (Film 609; 10 rolls)
  • Despatches from the United States Consuls in Hankow, 1861-1906 (Film 606; 8 rolls)
  • Despatches from the United States Consuls in Hong Kong, 1844-1906 (Film 607; 21 rolls)
  • Despatches from the United States Ministers to Central America, 1824-1906 (PER MFILM F975 .U55 1956; 93 rolls - Library has reels 8, 27-64 ONLY)
  • Despatches from the United States Ministers to Mexico, 1823-1906 (PER MFILM E183.8.M6 U5; 179 rolls - Library has reels 124 - 179 ONLY)
  • Despatches from the United States Consuls in Guyamas, Mexico, 1832-1896 (PER MFILM E 183.8 M6 U54; 5 rolls)
  • Despatches from the United States Consuls in Tamatave (Madagascar), 1853-1906 (PER MFILM E183.8.M27 U5; 11 rolls)
Additional series can be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan from the Center for Research Libraries.

Arrangement

Most series are arranged by date.

Indexes/Catalogs

Use the printed guides located at the Periodicals Desk to locate documents by date; a few series also have name indexes.

Language

English

Time Periods

1800-1900

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Last updated: January 21, 2011

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