ADST Primary Source Diplomatic Oral Histories

Maureen McNicholl's picture
Type: 
Online Digital Resources
Location: 
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations, Government and Public Service, Oral History, World History / Studies

I am the Program Director for Educational Outreach at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training in Arlington, VA.  We house the largest collection of diplomatic oral histories in the world.  We are trying to reach those of you in higher education to use/refer students and scholars to use our free and valuable primary sources at http://adst.org/.

Developed and maintained by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST), the Oral History collection houses the recollections of former diplomats around the world over the last 70 years — by the numbers:  over 2000 oral histories, 60 podcasts, 700 Moments in Diplomatic History, and 44 Fascinating Figures in Diplomatic History.

Reading their oral histories is a way to illuminate the world of American diplomacy. By making new sources available and easily accessible, the ADST serves to deepen and enrich international scholarship, history education, and public policy debate on important global issues and challenges.

ADST’s collection includes:

  • ORAL HISTORIES & PODCASTS

Oral Histories and podcasts are the verbatim memories of the diplomats and family members who represented America abroad.

  • MOMENTS IN DIPLOMATIC HISTORY Series

Moments highlight specific events drawing on recollections of the diplomats who were there at the time. 

  • FASCINATING FIGURES Series

Fascinating Figure is an article on a person who has influenced diplomatic history.  

  • COUNTRY READERS Series

Country Readers contain the experiences of many diplomats and provide an overview of U.S. relations with individual countries.

I would appreciate if you would be able to share this resource with your colleagues, librarians, and students at at your universities.  If there is anything I can help you , I am most willing to do so.  We would appreciate any and all feedback to improve usability and accessibility of our site.

Many thanks!

Contact Info: 
Maureen McNicholl
Program Director for Education Outreach
Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST)
Arlington, VA 
703-302-6990
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