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Unless otherwise specified, all of the call numbers refer to items which can be retrieved on the Lower Level of the Science, Industry and Business Library. (*R precedes Library of Congress call numbers, which are on items on the Open Reference Shelves of the Lower Level or at the McGraw Desk).

The New York Public Library, as a federal depository library, receives treaties in a variety of formats. Please consult the indexes before trying to locate the text.

Treaties are negotiated and signed by the President, but need the consent of the Senate in order to be ratified.

The President sends a treaty he has negotiated to the Senate as a "Senate Treaty Document." The Senate, most of the time, marks up and approves the "Senate Treaty Document"; then it issues a "Senate Executive Report" which will also include the final text of the treaty and sends it back to the President who usually ratifies it.

About six months after its effective date the treaty is issued in slip (pamphlet) form and is assigned a sequential number (TIAS #). Eventually, treaties are collected and published in bound vols. (UST)


Title Call Number
Treaties in Force *R JX 237.T7327 (Latest at McGraw Desk)
Guide to the U.S. Treaties in Force

*R JX 236.5.G84 (Latest at McGraw Desk)

Current Treaty Index (Treaties not yet published in TIAS and TIAS treaties not yet published in UST) *R JX 236.5.C87
Unpublished & Unnumbered Treaties Index *R JX 237.U56 (latest)
Unperfected Treaties of the U.S.A.: 1776-1976 *R JX 234.A8.V66
U.S. Tax Treaties *R KF 6302.A33 U58 (McGraw Desk)
JBM 91-433 (1989 - )
Congressional Index (CCH)

*R KF 49.C6 (latest);
JBL 93-201 (1945/46-)

CIS Annual *R KF 49.C5726 (1970 -)
Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications *R Z 1223.U58M (1893/95 - )
Congressional Universe Database (Electronic Information Center and Cullman Reading Room) (1970- )
CIS U.S. Serial Set Index *R Z 1223.Z9.C65 (1789-1969);
(Check CATNYP for later)

Location (Text)

Title Call Number
United States Treaties *R JX 231.A34 (1950 - )
Treaties and other international Agreements of the United States of America, 1776-1949 *XMF-1585
(Also in *R-USLHG ICD at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, 5th Avenue and 42nd Street)
United States. State Dept. Treaty Series. (1908-1946) XBDD
Statutes at Large *R KF 50 (1789-);
*XLF-297 (microfiche) (1776/99-)
Senate Treaty Documents
(For earlier years see Senate Treaty Documents, Senate Executive Documents, Senate Executive Reports in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set)
JBL 96-35 (last three years)
See location for Serial Set
U.S. Department of State Dispatch *ZAN-B39 (1990-1999)

Web Sites

U.S. Department of State Dispatch
United States. Dept. of State. Office of Treaty Affairs. Tel.: (202)647-1345

Senate, House and Treaty Documents - GPO Access