The Joint Publications Research Service was a U.S. government organization established in 1957 to supply government agencies with translations of unclassified foreign documents consisting of the following works not available in English: periodical and newspaper articles, scholarly journals, trade and commercial statistics reports, military documents and special reports, and other selective source material. It initially emphasized scientific and technical topics, but over time, that scope expanded to cover environmental concerns, world health issues, nuclear proliferation, and more. While JPRS translated articles from nearly every country in the world, it concentrated on communist and developing countries. The service was closely related to Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), and was absorbed by FBIS in the late 1990s. JPRS’s scope was broader than FBIS, which emphasized political news more. FBIS was replaced by World News Connection (WNC).
Worldwide 1957 - 1995