ADST has the world’s largest collection of U.S. diplomatic oral history. We have over 2000 oral histories at ADST.org – and it’s growing every day! But that’s not all we do.
– Our web series of 700 “Moments in Diplomatic History” captures key historical events – and humorous aspects of diplomatic life.
– The ADST.org website attracts over 70,000 monthly visitors – everyone from journalists to practicing diplomats, distinguished academics and students from around the world.
– Our 60+ podcasts are available through iTunes and Podbean.
– ADST has facilitated the publication of over 100 books by members of the Foreign Service.
– We are committed to educational outreach. ADST’s website has sample lesson plans for high schools and universities on a broad range of topics. We also work closely with local and national partners to strengthen the understanding of and support for diplomacy in the education system.
– We support the work of the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, providing critical source material for those who are training today’s diplomats – and tomorrow’s.
– Our oral histories cover almost eight decades, including histories of pioneering African-American, Hispanic, and Women diplomats.
-Check out our page focusing on American diplomats of Hispanic descent HERE and our page about African-American diplomats HERE.
Our Mission: Capturing, Preserving, and Sharing
“Capturing, preserving, and sharing the experiences of America’s diplomats.”
ADST is committed to strengthening public appreciation of diplomacy’s contribution to America’s national interests, and enriching the professional knowledge of diplomatic practitioners. We do this by:
– Recording the oral histories of diplomats, family members, and others
– Facilitating the preparation and publication of books and memoirs
– Contributing to diplomatic case studies and educational materials
– Supporting the work of the Foreign Service Institute
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