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Global Resources Center (GRC) Microform Collections

The collections below are housed in the Global Resources Center (GRC) microform storage cabinets and are on standard microfiche or 35mm microfilm. The number and letter following each collection title refer to the cabinet and drawer in which the collections are stored. We also offer a listing of GRC microform collections by region and an A-Z listing of collections.

Cabinets by Region


  • Regional – Cabinets 1d, 2b-2e, 4a-4f, 6e-6f
  • China – Cabinets 4g-4i, 6a-6d
  • Japan – Cabinets 2j-3j, 8a-9k

Middle East and North Africa

Regional – Cabinets 1c-1d

Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern and Central Europe

  • Regional – Cabinets 1d, 2a-2e, 5a-5i
  • Czechoslovakia – Cabinet 1e
  • Russia/Soviet Union – Cabinets 1e-1j
  • Ukraine – Cabinet 1f

Latin America

Regional – Cabinets 1a-1b

Thematic / Cross-regional

Cabinets 1b-1c, 2a, 2f-2h, 7a-7f

Contents by cabinet

Cabinet #1

La Prensa, 1981-1990 (1a)

  • Argentinian daily newspaper published in Buenos Aires.
  • Cuba: Internal and Foreign Affairs, 1955-1959 (1b)
  • Confidential U.S. State Department files, accompanied by a printed reel guide. The collection contains correspondence between the State Department and the U.S. embassy in Cuba, as well as correspondence with other federal departments and agencies, Congress, and some private individuals and organizations.

Terrorism, Special Studies, 1975-1985 (1b)

Reproductions of 87 articles on international terrorism and terrorist techniques originally published in various forms by trade and government publishers.

Middle East Economic Digest, 1979-1986 (1c)

A business intelligence tool for the Middle East and North Africa, providing analysis and commentary on Middle Eastern markets, companies, and people. Also includes data on regional projects.

Problems of Communism, 1952-1979 (1c)

Analytical bi-monthly journal published by the United States Information Agency.

Office of Strategic Services Series (1d)

Intelligence and research reports from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and State Department from the 1920s to 1949. Individuals series cover Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia; China and India; Postwar Europe; the Soviet Union; and the Middle East.

Prague Spring, 1967-1969 (1e)

Coverage of crucial developments related to the Prague Spring, the 1960s reform movement in Czechoslovakia, from its rise through the 1968 Warsaw Pact occupation and consequent “normalization.” The collection is comprised of magazines and newspapers in Czech and Slovak.

Nauchnaia informacia, Voprosy borby s prestupnostiu, 1965-1988 (1e)

Soviet-era analysis of crime and law enforcement.

Independent Press, Ukraine, 1989-1994 (1f)

Ukrainian periodicals published after the lifting of restrictions on political and press activities.

Literaturnaia Gazeta, 1955-1996 (1g)

Perhaps the most significant cultural and political newspaper published in the USSR and Russia, in its pages it reflected the liberal-vs.-conservative polemics of the Soviet Union and, later, the social, political, and cultural changes of the early post-Soviet period.

Den, 1991-1993 (1g)

Den, an early post-Soviet opposition paper, presented the right-wing struggle against Yeltsin’s reforms. It ceased publication following the 1993 bombardment of Russian parliament.

Russian International Relations, 1878-1917 (1g)

Diplomatic correspondence, reports, and other documents from the Russian imperial period. In Russian and French.

Russian Newspapers, alphabetically by title, 1949-1983 (1h-j)

Various titles from the Soviet period, in Russian. (Additional newspapers are available electronically or on microfilm – please see GRC staff for information.)

Cabinet #2

Abstracts Soviet & East European Series (ABSEES) / Abstracts Russian & East European Series (ABREES), 1978-1996 (2a)

Abstracts from Soviet (later Russian) and East European newspapers, in English, covering major political and economic developments. (The GRC also has paper versions of these reports from 1970 to the present.)

Transdex Index, 1980-1996 (2a)

Provides access to non-U.S. originated materials from all regions of the world, selected and translated by the Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS). Sources include newspapers, journals, speeches, and broadcasts; topics covered include agriculture, business and economics, politics, science, sociology, and technology.

Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Collections (2b-e)

In-depth, analytical reports on regional politics, military affairs, and economic developments by the JPRS, a US government-sponsored organization. Series include JPRS Soviet Union, 1983-1995; JPRS Eastern Europe, 1976-1994; and JPRS East Asia, China, Japan, 1985-1994.

National Security Archive, 1945-2000 (2f-h)

Contains more than 60,000 of the most important declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions. Collections include the Cuban Missle Crisis, the Berlin Crisis, Military Use of Space, Nuclear Nonproliferation, country-specific policy formation (Afghanistan, El Salvador, Iran, Nicaragua, and South Africa), American Espionage and Intelligence Capabilities, and more.

Occupation of Japan, 1942-1949 (2j)

U.S. documents concerning the post-WWII occupation of Japan. The collection is divided into two parts: U.S. Planning Documents, 1942-1945 and U.S. and Allied Policy, 1945-1949.

Cabinet #3

Japan, Internal Affairs, 1945-1954 (3a-b)

Confidential U.S. State Department central files covering the economic, social, political, and military affairs of occupied Japan.

Saionji-Harada Memoirs, 1931-1940: Complete translation into English (3c)

Prince Saionji Kinmochi (1849-1940) played a key part in Japan’s internal politics and foreign relations during the first several decades of the 20th century: he held numerous political offices, including that of prime minister and genrō (advisor to the emperor). These memoirs cover the final ten years of his life and provide insight into Japan’s domestic politics and international relations.

MAGIC Documents, 1938-1945 (3c)

“MAGIC” was the code word used by the United States to identify deciphered Japanese diplomatic communications from 1938 to 1945. This collection contains copies of official and unofficial Japanese diplomatic communiqués sent from Japanese personnel stationed at embassies and consulates in the Far East, Europe, and the Middle East to Tokyo as well as material relating to Japanese civil, political and economic conditions and policies, military expenditures, strategy, tactics, and campaigns, and eventual peace initiatives and surrender.

Mainichi Shimbun (Mainichi Daily News), 1922-1971 (3d-g)

One of the major Japanese daily newspapers, published by Mainichi Newspapers. In Japanese.

Chūōkōron (Central Review), 1887-1944 (3h-j)

A monthly Japanese literary magazine first established in 1887. Considered one of Japan's foremost general-interest magazines, it publishes a wide variety of material, including fiction, nonfiction, and photographs related to various economic, political, cultural, and social topics.

Cabinet #4

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Collections (cabinet 4)

Daily reports on events in the countries and regions listed below from U.S. State Department staff. Series include FBIS Far East (1952-1967), FBIS Asia and the Pacific (1967-1987), FBIS East Asia (1987-1996), and FBIS People’s Republic of China (1967-1996).

Cabinet #5

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Collections (cabinet 5)

Daily reports on events in the countries and regions listed below from U.S. State Department staff. Series include FBIS USSR and Eastern Europe (1954-1969), FBIS Eastern Europe (1969-1995), FBIS Soviet Union (1968-1983), and FBIS Soviet Union / Central Eurasia (1984-1996).

Cabinet #6

Renmin Ribao (The People's Daily), 1950-1985 (6a-b)

The official daily newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party. In Chinese.

Shih Pao (Truth Post), 1936-1944 (6c)

Beijing newspaper published during the Japanese occupation. In Chinese.

U.S. Military Intelligence on China, 1911-1941 (6d)

Intelligence reports of American military attaches and their staffs in China during 1911-1941.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Research: China, 1946-1976 (6d)

Central Intelligence Agency reports on China. The topics covered include agriculture, balance of payments, the Chinese Communist Party, the Cultural Revolution, the Sino-Soviet split, dissident activities, economics, foreign policy, Indochina, military issues, and threat evaluations.

Far Eastern Economic Review, 1983-2004 (6e-f)

An English-language weekly news magazine based in Hong Kong and published from 1946 to 2009.

Cabinet #7

Congressional Information Service (CIS) National Statistical Compendia, alphabetical by country, 1970-2005 (7a-d)

Annual summary social, economic, and demographic data, as issued by national statistical agencies and other authorized bodies. The collection includes most countries during the date range.

Annual Reports of the World's Central Banks, countries grouped by region, 1983-1998 (7e-f)

Financial, economic, and statistical profiles of 128 countries from the comprehensive collection in the joint World Bank/International Monetary Fund Library. These reports throw light on the operations and policies of the central banks and provide a survey of national and international economic developments from the unique vantage point of each country.

Cabinet #8

Asahi Shimbun, 1888-1962 (cabinet 8)

One of Japan's oldest and largest national daily newspapers. In Japanese.

Cabinet #9

Daily Summary of the Japanese Press, 1952-1992 (9a-c)

Summaries in English of major news stories, selected by staff at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo. In English.

Japan Times, 1897-1983 (9d-k)

Japan’s largest-circulation English-language newspaper.