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HIS 411: Life Stories in Historical Context: GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS

Print Resources

1774-1881
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Government Publications of the United States, September 5, 1774-March 4, 1881, compiled by Ben Perley Poore.

  • Executive, legislative and judicial federal documents arranged chronologically according to publication's date of issue;  includes a general index. Continued by John Ames' work Comprehensive index to the publications of the United States government, 1881-1893 (see below).

Locations: Government Documents - Reference - xx Z1223 .A1885 1962  and Main Library Reference xx Z1223 .A1885 1962

1789-1909
Checklist of United States Public Documents 1789-1909, Congressional: to close of Sixtieth Congress; departmental: to end of calendar year 1909, compiled by Mary A. Hartwell.

  • Lists of congressional and departmental publications dating from 1789 thtough 1909; arranged by agency and classification number where applicable, 1707 pages

Location: Main Library Reference - Encyclopedias - J83 .C16 1990

1789-1970
Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789-1970: Indexes, compiled by Daniel W. Lester and Marilyn A. Lester.

Five volume work

  • v. 1. Superintendent of Documents classification author-organizations. Table of contents of microfilm reels.
  • v. 2. U.S. Government author-organization index.
  • v. 3. Departmental keyword indexes to U.S. Government author-organizations.
  • v. 4. U.S. Government serial titles, 1789-1970.
  • v. 5. Master keyword index to the publication-issuing offices of the U.S. Government, 1789-1970.

Locations: Government Documents Z1223.Z7 L45 - x and Main Library Reference Z1223.Z7 L45 - x

1789-1976
Cumulative Title Index to U.S. Government Publication, 1789-1976,
compiled by Daniel Lester, Sandra Faull, Lorraine Lester

  • Sixteen volumes contains alphabetical  listing of documents titles.

Location: Government Documents - Reference - Z1223 .Z7 C8  - No Loan

1881-1893
Comprehensive Index to the Publications of the United States Government, 1881-1893, by John G. Ames.

  • Comprehensive index of government publications from 1889 to 1893 that continues Poore's Descriptive Catalogue. Arranged alphabetically by subject area with a personal name index in volume 2.
Location: Government Documents - Reference - Z1223 .A125 - x

1893-1940
Document Catalog, 1893-1940

  • Entries are under both personal and governmental authors, subject, and title. Includes a complete list of executive order covered in the period covered.
Location: Government Documents - Reference - Z1223 .A13 - x

1900-1971
Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1900-1971

  • Fifteen volumes provide subject access to the Monthly Catalog.

    Location: Main Library Reference - Encyclopedias - Z1223 .A18 Cum. subject index

  • Online Resources

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