Official Documents

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This is the most complete collection of printed documentation of the OAS and its predecessor organizations (the International Bureau of the American Republics, and the Pan American Union), dating back to 1889 up to the present.

OAS Official documents are those published by the General Secretariat for the deliberative organs of the OAS that are classified as part of the Official Records Series. These documents include the minutes of the Permanent Council, resolutions of the General Assembly, committee reports, proceedings of the Inter-American conferences and meetings, final acts of specialized conferences, meeting agendas, the Annual Report of the Secretary General, statutes and regulations.

Documents may be issued in one or more of the official languages: Spanish, English, French or Portuguese. However, the verbatim text in the language of the speaker during a meeting is not translated into the minutes of that meeting.

A variety of bibliographic tools are prepared by the OAS Documents Control Unit to facilitate subject access to the Official documents. For example, the Lista general de los documentos oficiales is the only complete bibliography of the OAS Official documents. It is issued annually. Specialized indexes are also published periodically and provide subject, name and country access to the Official documents.

The classification of the OAS Official documents appears in the Classification Manual for the OAS Official Records Series (English edition) and Manual de Clasificación para la Serie de Documentos Oficiales de la OEA(Spanish edition). The Columbus Memorial Library publishes and updates these manuals. The latest edition is 1995.

The Columbus Memorial Library also makes available for purchase OAS Official documents on microfiche, by year as well as by individual document.

The following Finding Aids are available through our web page and/or in hardcopy.

    Indice analitico del Consejo Permanente, 1995
    Indice temático de las resoluciones y declaraciones de la Asamblea General, 1970-1997
    Lista de las resoluciones y declaraciones aprobadas por la Asamblea General en sus períodos de sesiones, 1970-1999

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