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.

  1. General Indexes to U.S. Government Publications
  2. Selected Special Collections
  3. Other Historical Information Resource
  4. Government Information online

  1. General Indexes to U.S. Government Publications
    1. 1774-1881

      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:)

    2. 1881-1893

      Ames, John G. Comprehensive Index to the Publications of the United States Government, 1881-1893. (Doc Ref/Index Table/ GP 3.6:881-893)

      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.

    3. 1789-1909

      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 1990)

      Contains six parts, each providing detailed subject indexing. The Reference Bibliography citations include Sudoc call numbers.
    4. 1789-1969

      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.

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    5. 1900-1985.

      Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents, 1789-1976. (Doc Ref/Index Table/ Z 1223 .Z7 L47x) Includes Sudoc call numbers.

      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.

    6. 1885-

      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.
    7. 1970-

      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.
    8. 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 years.
    9. 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 data.

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  2. Selected Special Collections
    1. Congressional

      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.
    2. 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
    3. Writings of Washington. 39 Volumes. (Y 3.W 27/2:) Index in volumes 38-39.

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    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.)
    9. 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.
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    10. Declassified Documents Reference System (Gale)

      CD-ROM Indexing and a microfiche collection is also available.
      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.
    11. 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.
    12. 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 full-text online.
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  3. Other Historical Information Resources
    1. 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 9.14: )

      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)

  4. Government Information online.
    1. U.S., international, state and local government information and data can be accessed through the Library's Home Page by choosing "e-Reference Collection."
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