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    Ledger of Passport Renewals, USSR

    This State Department ledger records information about the issuance and renewal of passports for Americans living in or traveling to the Soviet Union (USSR), including details of specific individuals' cases, dating from 1926 through the late 1930s. The case of Robert N. Robinson, an African American engineer who ended up trapped in…

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    How Secretary Albright Advocated to Expand NATO

    Secretary Madeleine Albright was a trailblazer as the first woman Secretary of State. One of her most significant accomplishments was helping to expand NATO to include more countries in the 1990s. Why was expanding NATO so important to global security? And what role did Secretary Albright play in achieving this diplomatic milestone?

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    Ice Cap Dish

    At the 2015 GLACIER Conference hosted by the U.S. Department of State in Anchorage, Alaska, Secretary of State John Kerry received this steel dish designed in the shape of the Vatnajökull ice cap as a gift from Iceland’s Foreign Minister, Gunnar Bragi Sveinson. The Vatnajökull ice cap is the largest in Europe…

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    Ancient Tongan Royal Tombs Painting

    The ancient royal tombs in Lapaha are central to Tonga's cultural heritage. The most ancient of these tombs were built around 1200 AD. They are considered the most important historical and archaeological monument in the South Pacific. This painted depiction of the tombs was a gift to a Foreign Service Officer who…

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    Order of Merit of Berlin

    This high German honor was presented to Ambassador Harry Gilmore, U.S. Minister to Berlin, in 1991 for “outstanding contributions to the state of Berlin.” The medallion is in the shape of the Maltese cross with the coat of arms of Berlin in center. Gilmore was the last person to occupy the position.…

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    Bot-Zam Highway Ribbon-Cutting Scissors

    Scissors from ceremonial ribbon-cutting of the Bot-Zam highway on January 20, 1977. The highway linked Botswana with Zambia, providing a vital connection between Botswana and its only majority-ruled neighbor in an era of apartheid. The U.S. ambassador to Botswana, Donald R. Norland, performed the ribbon-cutting.

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    APEC I.D. card

    2004 APEC meeting I.D. card and lanyard, issued to Foreign Service officer Barbara Nielsen. APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region; the U.S. is one of APEC’s 21 members.

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    Fulani Staff, Hat, and Dress

    John Campbell served as U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria from 2004-2007. The Fulani herdsmen community of northern Nigeria gave him this herdsman’s staff, hat, and dress after the Office of Defense Cooperation at the embassy drilled a water borehole in their village, providing a vital resource in a rural and arid environment.

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    Amerika Haus Frankfurt Poster

    In divided Germany after World War II, the United States established the “Amerika Häuser” (America House) program as part of the American military government’s efforts to re-familiarize the German population with western ideals of democracy and human rights after twelve years of Nazi domination. Amerika Häuser were the foundation of what some…

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    “Soviet World Outlook” Booklet

    This booklet was a resource utilized by staff of the interagency committee called the Active Measures Working Group, which began work at the Department of State in the early 1980s. The Working Group was devoted to analyses of and responses to Soviet disinformation campaigns aimed at discrediting or weakening the United States…