Status: Approved

Project Code: OffCycle-20-

History of the American Diplomatic Presence in the Russian Far East - Research Project

Project Title History of the American Diplomatic Presence in the Russian Far East - Research Project
Project Summary Develop a narrative and visual report on the history of America's diplomatic presence in the Russian Far East, utilizing open source and archival materials, focusing on the buildings and locations of diplomatic facilities in Vladivostok.
Country Russia
Agency Department of State
DoS Office N/A
Section CONS
Number of Interns 2
Project Description

The project should include a detailed chronology of where the US Consulate has been located throughout Vladivostok at different times, accompanied by photographic records, architectural notes, blueprints, and any other records when available. Efforts should me made to: find blueprints for US Consulates in Vladivostok from before 1992; trace the history and significance of artifacts found in the former Consulate site at 33 Pushkinskaya Street, Vladivostok; determine exact locations for previous US consulates dating back to the time of the Russian Empire, as well as any accompanying media (photos etc.); and research the substantive history of America's presence in the region - including background information about American representatives stationed there, activities of the Consulate, size of the mission, and relations with the host government during times of political upheavals. Useful sources could include: National Archives and Records Administration - University of Maryland, College Park; Record Group 59 (general records of the Department of State); US Library of Congress; 'Letters from Vladivostok’ by Eleanor Pray.

Required Skills or Interests
Data analysis
Additional Information

This project could include up to 2 interns if one based at University of Maryland-College Park focuses on the archival records there, and if another intern focuses on the broader history of US diplomatic presence in the Russian Far East.