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 Descriptive Catalogue of the Government Publications of the United States. 2 vols.
 (Commonly known as "Poore's" for the author, Ben Perley Poore)
 >>AVAILABLE ONLINE (University of North Texas Digital Library)

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 Checklist of United States Public Documents (Commonly known as the "1909 Checklist")
 >>AVAILABLE ONLINE (University of North Texas Digital Library)
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1881-1893  Comprehensive Index to the Publications of the United States Government. 2 vols.
 (Commonly known as "Ames" for the author, John Griffith Ames)
 >>VOLUME 1 ONLINE / VOLUME 2 ONLINE (University of North Texas Digital Library)

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 Catalogue of the Public Documents of the (53rd-76th) Congress and of All Departments of the 
 Government of the United States
. 25 vols. (Commonly known as the "Document Catalogue")
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 Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1900-1971
 15 vols.
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 Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
 Standard index for identifying government documents. 10-year cumulative index for 1951-60 & 
 5-year indexes for 1961-65; 1966-70; 1971-76.

 1976-present may be searched through GPO ADVANCED SEARCH / OFF CAMPUS ACCESS
 or freely online at the Government Printing Office's Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.

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 Public Documents of the First Fourteen Congresses: Papers Relating to Early Congressional
. 1900. (Commonly known as "Greeley's" for author, Adolphus Washington Greeley)

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 Tables of and Annotated Index to the Congressional Series of United States Public Documents.

Ultra Fiche
LAC 10555


 U.S. Congressional Committee Prints Index Through 1969. 1980. Congressional Information
 Service.  5 vols.

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Dates Vary (The Library of Congress)

 Indexing and abstracting for Congressional publications, some from as early as the 93rd Congress,
 but most of the information begins with the 101st Congress.


Dates Vary

 FDSys: Federal Digital System: Free online access to official publications from all three branches of
 the Federal Government.

    • Congressional Bills
    • Congressional Documents
    • Congressional Hearings
    • Congressional Record
    • Congressional Reports



A Century of Lawmaking For a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents & Debates 1774 - 1875
American Memory Project, Library of Congress. A linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.




Journals of the Continental Congress

House Journal

Letters of Delegates to Congress

Senate Journal

Elliot's Debates

Senate Executive Journal

Farrand's Records

Maclay's Journal

       STATUTES & DOCUMENTS       


Bills and Resolutions

Annals of Congress

Statutes at Large

Register of Debates

American State Papers

Congressional Globe

U.S. Serial Set

Congressional Record


100 Milestone Documents
Compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.

The American Presidency Project
The Public Papers of the Presidents contain most of the President's public messages, statements, speeches, and news conference remarks.

A-to-Z Digitization Project
University of North Texas Digital Library.
An ongoing project, A-to-Z encompasses U.S. federal government documents published prior to 1960.

The Avalon Project
Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School. Documents in law, history and diplomacy.

Budget of the United States Government
FRASER: Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research. Collection documents and supporting data that contain the budget message of the President.

The Charters of Freedom
The National Archives. The Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States and Bill or Rights.

Checklist of United States Government Documents, 1789-1909 (a.k.a. 1909 Checklist)
The 1909 Checklist includes holdings of titles that went through the depository system from 1789 - 1909.

Congressional Record (Bound Edition)
U.S. Government Printing Office. The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873 and is still published today.

Core Documents of Our Democracy
U.S. Government Printing Office.

Digitization Projects Registry
A listing of publicly accessible collections of digitized U.S. Government publications.

Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
The Library of Congress American Memory Project. Documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution.

Economic Report of the President
FRASER: Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research. Annual report written by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. The report has been published since 1947.

Foreign Relations of the United States
Office of the Historian, U.S. Department of State. The FRUS series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.

Geologic Atlas of the United States
Texas A&M University Libraries. 227 folios published by the U.S. Geological Survey between 1894 and 1945. Each folio includes both topographic and geologic maps for each quad represented in that folio, as well as description of the basic and economic geology of the area.

GPO Historic Shelflist
Historic card catalog covering U.S. Government documents from the 1870s to October 1992.

Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law. Complete electronic record of United States Commission on Civil Rights publications held in the Library's collection and available on the USCCR Web site.

Historic Government Publications from World War II
Southern Methodist University Central University Libraries. Contains 343 Informational pamphlets, government reports, instructions, regulations, declarations, speeches, and propaganda materials distributed by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) during the Second World War. The documents are held by Government Information Resources.

Library of Congress: American Memory

Library of Congress: American Memory: Statutes at Large 1789-1875

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications
Pre-1976 issues.

OhioLINK DRC: Government Documents
Ohio Government Documents Roundtable Digital Collection

Primary Documents in American History
The Library of Congress American Memory Project.

The Public Papers of the President of the United States
University of Michigan Digital Library. Contains material that was compiled and published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration. It includes volumes covering the administrations of Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. As subsequent volumes are published, they will be added online.

Vital Statistics of the United States
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Annual reports that present detailed vital statistics data, including natality, mortality, marriage and divorce.


The U.S. Serial Set, or United States Congressional Serial Set, is one of the most important sources in historical government research. Started in 1817 with the 15th Congress, it contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports.

The Serial Set for the first fourteen Congresses was published as The American State Papers.
This set is available in the Microform Center at Microfilm 0419.

Selected early volumes of the Serial Set are now available at the Library of Congress American Memory Project.

Maag Library does not have a complete Serial Set, but we do have selected Serial Set reports. Most of these documents can be found by searching "United States Congressional Serial Set" in MaagNET, the online library catalog. Other documents may be borrowed through the OhioLINK Library Catalog.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set: What It Is and Its History

An Overview of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set

Schedule of Volumes to the U.S. Serial Set: 1970 to Current

Library Resources for Administrative History: Congressional Serial Set

Government Printing Office: U.S. Congressional Serial Set

U.S. Congressional Serial Set Inventory

The Serial Set: Its Make-Up & Content (2013)

Finding Official Records Volumes in the U.S. Serial Set (1997)

The College of Wooster Libraries: U.S. Congressional Serial Set Finding List