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U.S. Government Legal Information: United States Treaties

Treaties

Harry S. Truman ... holding NATO treaty he signed on July 25, 1949. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Quick Guide

  • If a treaty is between 1776 and 1949, check Bevans
  • If a treaty is more recent than 1949, check Treaties in Force
  • For current information about treaties: check the Treaty Affairs webpage or call the Office of the Legal Advisor, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520; phone (202) 647-1345

Guides

Related Guides

Treaty Indexes

Treaties in Force: A List of Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States (TIF)

  • An index to treaties currently in force to which the United States is a party
  • Text of treaties available in United States Treaties and Other International Agreements (UST) and Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS)
  • Arrangement: Bilateral (by country and subject) and Multilateral (by subject)
  • Note: if a listing refers to TIAS, but gives no number, the treaty has not been published
  • For unpublished treaties and agreements, see Senate Treaty Documents, Senate Executive Reports, the Congressional Record, the Treaty Affairs webpage, or call the Office of the Legal Advisor, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520; phone (202) 647-1345

Thomas

Provides information on the status of treaties from 1968 (94th Cong) to present.

Treaty Collections

Treaties in Congressional Publications

Senate Treaty Documents Series. (TD). Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.
Location: Internet (via Thomas)
Location: Internet (via FDsys)
Location: Internet (via State Department Treaty Affairs)
Treaty documents (treaty doc) contain the text of treaties sent by the President for Senate ratification. Treaty documents are referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. This series is important because it is often the first place a treaty is published. It is included in the United States Congressional Serial Set, beginning with the 97th Congress (1981). Prior to the 97th Congress, see Senate Executive Documents. Indexed by: ProQuest Congressional and Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).
Senate Executive Reports. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.
Location: Internet (via Thomas)
Location: Internet (via FDsys)
The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations report to the Senate, recommending whether the treaty should be ratified. Contains the text of the treaty. Senate Executive Reports are included in the Serial Set since the 97th Congress (1980).
Senate Executive Documents. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.
Location: Library Database - U.S. Congressional Serial Set
Contain the text of treaties sent by the President for Senate ratification. Also known as Executive (Lettered) Documents because they are identified by letter. Beginning with the 97th Congress in 1981, Executive Documents are called Treaty Documents.

Other Publications Useful for Treaties

Subject Guide

Rebecca Knight
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Delaware, U.S. Government Information, census, family studies, RefWorks, APA style, and genealogy.


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B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.

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