The Association for Diplomatic Studies, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization was established in 1986 to enhance the training of foreign affairs personnel and to instill in the public a greater appreciation for our diplomatic history. The Association's Foreign Affairs Oral History Program was established in 1988 and is housed in the Lauinger Library of Georgetown University. The collection is comprised of oral histories taken from a number of projects, all concerning the experiences of those employed in diplomacy and consular affairs and their families. The oral history collection includes interviews done under the auspices of the Foreign Service History Center of George Washington University, which was amalgamated into the Foreign Service History Program, the Foreign Service Family Project, the Women Ambassadors' Project, the United States Information Agency Alumni Association Project, the Senior Officers' Project and others. The majority of these interviews were conducted by retired Foreign Service personnel on a volunteer basis, directed by the Oral History Program. The interviews are unclassified, and unless so marked are open for use by researchers. Most interviews have been transcribed and then returned to the person interviewed for editing. The transcript deposited in the Lauinger Library's Special Collections Division is the edited version, and is not a word for word rendition of the cassette tape. Tapes are available for auditing, if desired. As a practical matter, the editing generally represents little substantive change, with those interviewed usually correcting dates, names and other information that may have been missed during an interview. The final transcripts were not professionally edited and any spelling or other mistakes can be blamed on the Oral History Program, not on the person interviewed. Footnote citation example: Ambassador John X. Jones, oral history interview, Georgetown University Library, 25 December 1988, p.13. Bibliographic citation: Jones, John X. Oral history interiew, Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection. Georgetown University Library: 25 December 1988. The Foreign Affairs Oral History Program Researcher Database lists the information contained in the collection's interviews. Researchers can locate interviews related to their subject matter by perfoming name, date, or country/department of assignment searches. The Special Collections Division continues to update the database as more interviews are deposited.
Collection-level Access Restrictions
The Foreign Affairs Oral History Project transcripts and audio tapes have been returned to the Association for Diplomatic Study and Training in Arlington, Virginia.
Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.
Conditions Governing Use
Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.