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Comparative Political Data

Comprehensive directory to datasets and sources commonly used by political science students.


For treaties prior to 1950, look in Bevans.  For treaties from 1950-present, refer to Treaties in Force.  If the treaty is not yet published, check the Treaties Affairs website.  For treaties to which the U.S. is not a party, refer to the suggestions below.

Top Resources

Treaties in Force (TIF)
An official government publication which provides an index to treaties currently in force to which the U.S. is a party.

Treaties and Other International Agreements of the United States of America, 1776-1949 (Bevans)
CC Gov Docs S 9.12/2 v.1-13
The definitive publication of treaties to which the U.S. was a party from 1776-1949.  Volume 13 provides an index by subject and country.  Often called Bevans after its author, Charles Bevans.

Other places to look for treaties

Senate Executive Reports
The report from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on whether or not the treaty should be ratified.  Includes the treaty text.  Available at

Senate Treaty Documents
These are the text of treaties sent by the Senate to the President for ratification.  Access these through links below.

Treaty Affairs
Access treaties recently received by Congress and links to other official treaty sources.

Call the Office of the Legal Advisor, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520; phone (202) 647-1345

U.S. Department of State Bulletin
CC Gov Docs S 1.3:
Contains some full-text treaties and information about treaties. Scope: 1939-1989.

U.S. Department of State Dispatch
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Continues the Department of State Bulletin with updates on current treaty actions.  Scope 1990-1999. Continue at various online State Department sites including

Treaties to which the U.S. is not a party