November 25, 2015

U.S. Department of State Historian Releases API for Online Ebook Catalog

Since March, 2012, the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Dept. of State has been releasing digitized volumes of the Foreign Relations of the United States series and making them available online.

103 volumes are currently online (free) and available in Mobi and EPUB formats. More volumes will be made available in the future.

Today, the Historians Office released their first API, the Ebook Catalog API.

From the US DOS Developer Page:

Use this API to embed our live, up-to-date, searchable, and browsable ebook catalog in your application and to locate download links to the ebooks and their cover images.

Our ebook catalog API uses the Open Publication Distribution System (OPDS), an Atom XML-based standard for encoding ebook catalogs.

See Also: EBook Catalog API Documentation

See Also: Support for API (via Github)

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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