Records of the Paris Peace Conference

The U.S. Department of State in the 1940s, in its multi-volume series on the foreign relations of the United States, published a comprehensive set of papers concerning the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.  The 13 volumes include minutes of meetings and an annotated version of the Treaty of Versaille.  Digital versions of the volumes have been produced. The Office of the Historian of the Department of State has prepared the volumes in .mobi (Kindle) and .epub versions.  These versions, which are small in size, can be downloaded from the table below, or from the Office of the Historian

In addition, digital facsimiles of the printed versions in PDF format have been made available in the digital collections of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library.  The PDF versions at the University of Wisconsin website are broken into sections and are not text searchable.  The PDF versions which can be downloaded from the table below contain the full text of each volume and are text searchable, but are quite large. Most are larger than 200 Mb and will be slow to download.  One can obtain smaller non-searchable individual sections of each volume in PDF format from the University of Wisconsin Library, by clicking the volume number in the table below.  The table lists the primary sections of each volume, as found in the Library.

US Foreign Relations Series
on the Peace Conference
.mobi (Kindle).epubSearchable PDF
Volume I154mb
  • Termination of hostilities
  • American plans and preparations for the peace conference
  • Representation of countries and nationalities at the peace conference
  • Policies and proposals of the United States and the allies
  • Proposals for a league of nations
  • Other proposals for the agenda of the peace conference
Volume II225mb
  • Germany
  • Austria and Hungary
  • Bulgaria
  • Turkey
  • Territorial questions and relations with new states
  • Russian affairs
  • The Far East
  • Financial questions
  • Reparations
  • Food relief
  • The blockade and regulation of trade
Volume III263mb
  • Directories of the peace conference
  • The preliminary peace conference: minutes of the plenary sessions (1919)
  • The peace congress: minutes of the plenary sessions (1919)
  • The powers with special interests: minutes of meetings (1919)
  • The Council of Ten: minutes of meetings January 12 to February 14, 1919
Volume IV238mb
  • The Council of Ten: minutes of meetings February 15 to June 17, 1919
  • The Council of Foreign Ministers: minutes of meetings (1919)
Volume V238mb
  • The Council of Four: minutes of meetings March 20 to May 24, 1919
Volume VI261mb
  • The Council of Four: minutes of meetings May 24 to June 28, 1919
  • Correspondence with the German delegation regarding the terms of peace
Volume VII264mb
  • The Council of Heads of Delegations: minutes of meetings July 1 to August 28, 1919
Volume VIII255mb
  • The Council of Heads of Delegations: minutes of meetings August 29 to November 5, 1919
Volume IX276mb
  • The Council of Heads of Delegations: minutes of meetings November 6, 1919, to January 10, 1920
  • The International Council of Premiers: minutes of meetings (1919-1920)
  • The council of ministers of foreign affairs: minutes of meetings (1920)
Volume X203mb
  • Supreme Economic Council: minutes of meetings February 17, 1919, to February 7, 1920
Volume XI201mb
  • Minutes of meetings of the American commissioners plenipotentiary and of the commissioners and technical advisers of the American delegation
  • Minutes of meetings of the steering committee of the American delegation
  • Other papers relating to the composition, organization and activities of the American delegation
Volume XII260mb
  • Field missions of the American Commision to negotiate peace
Volume XIII250mb
  • Introduction
  • I: The treaty of peace between the Allied and Associated Powers and Germany, signed at Versailles, June 28, 1919
  • II: Other treaties related to the treaty of peace with Germany
  • Appendix: certain treaties for execution or modification of the treaty of peace with Germany

H. W. V. Temperley advised the Big Four leaders at the Paris Peace Conference from April to July 1919.  Subsequently, during the 1920s, he oversaw the compilation and editing of the six volume A History of the Peace Conference of Paris.  At least three contemporaneous reviews spoke positively of its comprehensiveness, notwithstanding certain criticisms. A PDF text searchable version of all six volumes is stored at, and can be read here and downloaded: 

Charles Seymour, Review, The American Historical Review, Vol. 26, No. 3 (Apr., 1921), pp. 535-537; I.L. Evans, Review, The Economic Journal, Vol. 32, No. 126 (Jun., 1922), pp. 247-250; Charles Seymour, Review, The American Historical Review, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Jan., 1925), pp. 369-371.

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