“Seward’s Folly” or “Seward’s Icebox”: The Alaska Purchase

Exploring HeinOnline, Searching, Treaties and Agreements Library
Bonnie Hein

March 30, 2017 marked the 150th anniversary of the sale of the Alaska territory from Russia to the United States. Alaska later was approved by Congress for statehood on July 7, 1958 through the Alaska Statehood Act (72 Stat. 339). It was proclaimed the 49th state on January 3,1959 by President Eisenhower.

The Russian Federation had recently lost the Crimean War to an alliance of France, Britain, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia and was fearful Britain would seize Alaska in a future conflict.  Additionally, the Russians were fearful that if gold was discovered in Alaska, Americans would invade the territory.  At the time, the deal helped to establish a closer relationship with the United States and aggravated Britain…

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Treaty Research Sources

Treaties and Agreements Library
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We recently received a comment that the treaty resources in HeinOnline needed some clarification since there is more than one library where treaty research may be done.

Currently, HeinOnline has two main collections that may be used for treaty research – U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library and the United Nations Law Collection.

The U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library contains bilateral and multilateral treaties to which the United States is a party.  For more information on U.S. Treaties please see our U.S. Treaty Library support page.  (Please note that U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library was formerly known as Treaties and Agreements Library).

The United Nations Law Collection includes bilateral and multilateral treaties which have been published in the League of Nations Treaty Series and the United Nations Treaty Series.…

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Tip of the Week: How to Determine if a Treaty is Still in Force

Miscellaneous, Tip of the Week, Tips and Tricks, Treaties and Agreements Library, United Nations
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HeinOnline’s treaty research databases offer an easy way to determine if a treaty is still in force or if it has been terminated.  This week’s tip explores how to make this determination using both the Treaties & Agreements Treaty  Search Tool and the United Nations Treaty Series database available in HeinOnline.

Watch the Tip of the Week on YouTube, or continue reading below the video for the full-text version.

Determining if a Treaty is Still in Force in the Treaties & Agreements Library:

First, let’s look at a scenario in which the U.S. is a party to the agreement.  When the U.S. is a party to the treaty in question…

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Still Time to Register – WEBINAR, Tuesday 4/13 U.S. Treaties & Agreements Library in HeinOnline

Training, Treaties and Agreements Library, Webinar
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There is still time to register for our upcoming Webinar during which we will focus on navigating and searching the U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library in HeinOnline.  During the webinar we will include a discussion of the following:

  • Overview of the content and browsing options
  • Treaty Metadata Index
  • Searching for a treaty using the Treaty Metadata Search; search examples:
  • Treaty number
  • Parties Involved
  • Short Title
  • Treaty Description
  • Signing, In Force, or Effective Dates
  • Subject
  • And more!
  • Interpreting search results and the treaty summary
  • Accessing the treaty summary when reading the text of a treaty
  • Searching across the other publications in the library such as Kavass’s Guide to the Treaties in Force
  • Using Citations on a Page to quickly link to cited materials
  • The webinar will be held at 10:00 a.m…

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    HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Search Across a Series of TIAS Agreements in the United States Treaties Set

    Tips and Tricks, Treaties and Agreements Library
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    Are you looking for agreements concerning the United States contribution to Bolivia’s Cooperative Education initiatives across a series of specific TIAS agreements? In HeinOnline’s Treaties & Agreements library, you can conduct a search that allows you to look across a range of TIAS agreements by building a range query using the TIAS numbers.

    As we do with most search examples, we will first take a look at the table of contents of a volume within the U.S. Treaties set. In doing this, we will open Volume 2, Part 1 (1951). You’ll notice that the description, which appears in Italics is the TIAS number, for example TIAS 2181. Understanding this will allow us to search across a range of TIAS numbers using the description field…

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    HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Find a Treaty That Was Signed on a Specific Date

    Tips and Tricks, Treaties and Agreements Library
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    Are you looking for a treaty that was signed on a specific date, or was entered into force on a certain date?  In the Treaties & Agreements Library, the Treaty Metadata Search allows you to search across a number of metadata fields including treaty numbers, KAV numbers, parties, countries and even specific dates. When searching by date, you must use the YYYY-MM-DD format when inserting the syntax into the search box. Let’s take a look at an example.

    We want to find a treaty regarding fisheries that was signed by the United States and Canada on March 18, 1985. To find this treaty, open the Treaties & Agreements Library. From the search tab or browse options, click on the Treaty Search Tool…

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    HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Find a Treaty

    Tips and Tricks, Treaties and Agreements Library
    admin

    If you have a treaty number, use the Treaty Search Tool in the Treaties & Agreements Library in HeinOnline to quickly locate a treaty and a summary of the key treaty information. A Treaty Metadata Search allows you to search for up to 3 terms across a number of specific fields including but not limited to: the Treaty Number, Treaty Description, State Department Number, Senate Treaty Number, Effective Date or In Force Dates. When conducting a search using the Treaty Search Tool, your results will include a link to a summary of the treaty. The summary displays key information about the treaty such as the TIF subject, Parties, Treaties that amend the Treaty and related treaties, to name a few.…

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