Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports

Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports

Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports is a collection of documents produced by JPRS, a unit of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), from 1957 – 1995. It contains English-language translations of foreign-language monographs, reports, journal and newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from regions throughout the world with an emphasis on communist and developing countries. JPRS staffers prepared these translations for the use of U.S. government officials, various agencies, and the research and industrial communities. Reports cover socioeconomic, political, environmental, scientific, technical, and military issues and events.

JPRS was established in March 1957 as part of the United States Department of Commerce's Office of Technical Services. Initially, the reports were primarily translations rather than analysis or commentary, with an emphasis on scientific and technical topics. Over time, that scope expanded to cover environmental concerns, world health issues, nuclear proliferation, economics, narcotics trafficking, and much more.

Dates covered

1957-1995; some reports include translations of pre-1957 material.