U.S. Government Publications
The BYU Lee Library is a selective depository for approximately 80% of U.S. Federal
documents distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program. The collection
contains documents from both the Legislative and Executive branches of the government.
It is arranged according to the Superintendent of Documents Classification
System (SuDoc) which classifies documents according to agency.
- General Indexes to U.S. Government Publications
- Selected Special Collections
- Other Historical Information Resource
- Government Information online
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- General Indexes to U.S. Government Publications
Poore, Benjamin, A Descriptive
Catalog of the Government Publications of the United States. September
5, 1774-March 4, 1881. (Doc Ref/Index Table/ GP 3.6:774-881)
Entries are arranged chronologically. Executive
and judicial publications are at the beginning of each year and Congressional
publications arranged according to date of printing order. An index provides
subject headings. No call numbers are given. Enough information is provided
to locate items in the Serial Set.
The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the
United States. 6 volumes. (Z 2.4:)
Ames, John G. Comprehensive Index to the Publications
of the United States Government, 1881-1893. (Doc Ref/Index Table/
Arranged alphabetically by the keyword in the title
of the document. Ames has produced essentially a subject approach.
You can look up the name of a country or other place, an Indian reservation
or any subject of interest. Ames omits many departmental publications
and concentrates on Congressional publications.
Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789-1909.
(Doc Ref/Index Table/ GP 3.2:C41/2)
Documents are arranged by departments using the
Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) call number. For example, see I
20. for Bureau of Indian Affairs publications and W 1.
for War Department documents. In addition to the departmental coverage,
there are sections on the American State papers and Congressional documents
from the 15th to the 60th Congress.
CIS Index to U. S. Executive Branch Documents, 1789-1909:
Guide to Documents Listed in Checklist of U.S. Public Documents, 1789-1909,
Not Printed in the U.S. Serial Set (Doc Ref/Index Table/ JK 411.C53x
Contains six parts, each providing detailed subject
indexing. The Reference Bibliography citations include Sudoc call numbers.
U.S. Serial Set Index, 1789-1969. (Doc Ref/Index
Table #6/ J 74.C65) and online via LexisNexis Congressional
Probably the most valuable historical collection
of federal publications in existence. Includes Congressional and departmental
publications. The subject/keyword index is excellent and you can locate
material on a given state or territory, the Mormons, American Indians,
and even includes genealogical information in a section called "Private
Relief" (arranged by individual names). The index supplies the Serial
Set call number which looks like this: 1728, 15555, etc. The full-text
for each document is available on microfiche through the 57th
Congress and then in print, arranged by Serial Set number. (Current Committee
reports and documents are in microfiche and online through Thomas,
Congressional Universe, and GPO Access.)
CIS U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings Index
1833-1969 (Doc Ref/Index Table/ JK 1029.C57x) and online via LexisNexis Congressional
Indexes to the hearings are provided for subjects,
organizations, personal names, bill numbers, etc. Sudoc call numbers are
included. (Current hearings are available in print and online through
Thomas (Legislative Information), LexisNexis Congressional, and GPO Access (Government Printing Office))
Presidential Executive Orders and Proclamations.
1789-1983 (Doc Ref/Index Table/ KF 70 .A55x 1986) Full-text of orders
and proclamations on microfiche.
Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents,
1789-1976. (Doc Ref/Index Table/ Z 1223 .Z7 L47x) Includes Sudoc
Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of
United States Government Publications, 1900-1971. (Doc Ref/Index
Table/ J 83 .X1 K63)
Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications:
Cumulative Index. 1976-1985 (Doc Ref Index Table/ GP 3.8:1976/85.)
Once you locate a reference in the last two indexes, it
will be necessary to locate the full bibliographic citation and call (Sudoc)
number in a year volume of the Monthly Catalog.
Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications.
1885 to present. (Doc Ref/Index Table/GP 3.8:) a 1994 - present through
GPO Access (Government Printing Office)
The basic catalog (index) to most U.S. government
publications. Indexed by author, title, and subject until 1996 when the
print indexing changed to "title keyword" only.
Current Index to Statistics 1970 to present. (Doc Ref/Index
Table/ KF 49 .C62)
Indexes and abstracts congressional publications
and provides legislative histories of public laws. Also online inLexisNexis Congressional- CIS Index.
LexisNexis Congressional - CIS Index.. 1970 to present.
The most comprehensive electronic index and full-text
file on Congressional activities and publications. Dates of coverage vary,
depending on type of publication.
MarciveWeb DOCS (U.S. Documents) 1976 to present.
Provides browse and keyword searching by author,
subject, title, and numeric fields to materials distributed through the
Federal Depository Program.
- 1994 to present
Indexes major studies and issue briefs written
by CRS for the U.S. Congress. Full-text available in microform from 1981
in Government Information Reference. Print indexing available for all
- SIRS Government Reporter 1994 to present.
Indexes the full-text of selected government documents
from Federal departments, agencies, and commissions. Includes historic
documents, government directories, some Supreme Court decisions and other
- Selected Special Collections
Letters of the Delegates to Congress,
1774-1789. (LC 1.34:)
This multi-volume work contains documents written
by the delegates to Congress that bear directly upon their work during
their years of congressional service, 1774-1789. Also available on CD-ROM
in the Social Science Reference area.
Journals of the Continental Congress,
1774-1789. (Doc Coll/ Z 2.5/1:)
A 34-volume set which is invaluable when studying
the founding of the United States. (Index Journals of the Continental
Congress, 1774-1789 Doc Ref/Index Table/ GS 4.2:C76 /2/774-89)
Annals of Congress, 1789-1824.
(Doc Coll/ X 1-X 42)
Register of Debates in Congress,
1824-1837. (Doc Coll/ X 43-X 71)
Congressional Globe, 1833-1873.
(Doc Coll/ X 72-X 180)
Reproduces debates and proceedings of both houses
of Congress from existing stenographic records, newspaper accounts, and
other private sources. Separate indexes covering Senate and House proceedings
for each volume are included.
Congressional Record, 1874
to present in print. (Doc Coll/ X 181) 1985 to present on the Library's
Home Page via LexisNexis Congressional. and GPO Access (Government Printing Office)
The Congressional Record offers a continuation
of the Globe series. For later 20th Century it offers a "verbatim"
account of all floor activity and resulting votes on bills.
- Public Papers of the Presidents (earlier
called Messages and Papers of the Presidents). (Doc Coll/
AE 2.114: )
These multi-volume sets of the public papers begin
with George Washington and continue into the Clinton administration. Each
set has its own index.
Electronic access to Presidential Papers
is available through the OriginalSources
- Writings of Washington. 39 Volumes. (Y
3.W 27/2:) Index in volumes 38-39.
- Territorial Papers of the United States
(28 volumes). (Doc Coll/ GS 4.13: )
Includes papers on the Old Northwest Territory,
Old Southwest Territory, Mississippi, Indiana, Orleans, Michigan, Louisiana/Missouri,
Illinois, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, and Wisconsin. Beginning in the
late 18th century, this series takes you into the mid-19th century. Each
group of volumes on a given territory is separately indexed.
- Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
(1825-1914). (Doc Coll/ I 20.1:)
Important annual report for any study of 19th century
Indian affairs. Each year a report on each reservation is included. Reports
also appear in the Interior Department annual reports (Doc Coll/ I 20.1:)
after responsibility for Indian affairs moved from the War Department
to the Interior Department in 1848.
- Trial of the Major War Criminals Before the International
Military. Nuremberg. (Doc Coll/ D 1.2:C86/vol)
A verbatim account of the Nuremberg trials in 42
volumes. Excellent primary source material for a study of not only military
war criminals, but also the Nazi movement.
- Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression. 1946-47.
(Doc Coll/ D 1.2:N23/vol.)
Eleven volumes of excellent original source material
on World War II, the Nazi movement, and the Nuremberg Trials.
- The "Magic" of Pearl Harbor. 1977. (Doc
Coll/ D 1.2:P32/vol.)
Excellent original source material for a study
of the background leading to the Japanese/American part of World War II.
(In eight parts.)
- Foreign Relations of the United States, 1861-1968.
(Doc Coll/ S 1.1:)
This series constitutes the official record of
the foreign policy and diplomatic practice of the U.S. Includes its own
indexes. There are multi-volume sets dealing with foreign relations with
specific countries such as Japan, China, and the Soviet Union, as well
as compilations for Africa and the Near East.
- Declassified Documents Reference System (Gale)
CD-ROM Indexing and a microfiche collection is
Includes thousands of post World War II U.S. government
documents which were formerly classified TOP Secret, Secret, or CONFIDENTIAL,
the documents are primarily from the Central Intelligence Agency and the
State Department and are on every topic imaginable from Vietnam to what
President Kennedy was wearing when he was assassinated.
- The National Security Archives Index
(CD index at Gov Info Desk)
Indexes previously classified documents in The
Making of U. S. Policy Series, which includes records on the Berlin
Crisis, Cuban Missile Crisis, Iran-Contra Affair, U.S. Intelligence, U.S.
Analysis of the Soviet Union, etc. It also indexes articles from commercial
publications relating to national security. Full-text microfiche sets
are available for many of the files. Ask for CD at Gov Info desk.
- 1950 to present.
Index to United Nations abridged microfiche collection.
Contains resolutions, decisions, annexes and supplements, and materials
useful in studying the United Nations, international relations, Desert
Storm, and other U.N. military actions, etc. Most resolutions are available
- Other Historical Information Resources
Historical Statistics of the United
States: Colonial Times to 1970 (at Gov Info Desk)
Statistical Abstract of the U.S. (ProQuest) 1885 to present (C
3.134: and HA 202.A25 - latest at Gov Info Desk)
Economic Report of the President 1947 to present. (Latest
at Gov Info Desk)
The PR call number changes with president, e.g.
PR 42 for 42nd president) The appendix contains historical tables
of economic data, some dating back into the 20s.
Vital Statistics of the United States,
1947 to present. (HE 20.6210: and through FedStats)
Treaties and Other International
Agreements of the United States of America, 1776-1949. (S9.12/2:1)
Cumulative index in Doc Ref JX 231.K4
United States Treaties and Other
International Agreements. 1950-1984. (S 9.12:1) Continued by Treaties
and Other International Acts Series (S 9.10:)
Treaties in Force: A list of Treaties
and Other International Agreements of the United States on January 1, (S
Serves as an index to other treaty collections. Additional
indexing available in Social Science and Document Reference (JX 231).
Foreign Broadcast Information Service
Daily Report (Prex 7.10:) 1959-1987 in Print; 1988 -1996 in Microfiche;
1996 - Present on CD) Indexing available at Doc Ref D 1 .N48..., LAN and
full-text CD at Desk.
Facts on File Yearbook. 1941
to present (Ref D 410..F3 - Level 3)
New York Times. 1851 to present
(Indexing at Gen Ref - Level 3)
Times (London). 1785 to present
(Indexing at Gen Ref - Level 3)
Historic Documents. 1972
to present (Soc Sci Ref 839.5 .H57)
- Government Information online.
U.S., international, state and local government information
and data can be accessed through the Library's Home Page by choosing "e-Reference
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