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Federal Historical Publications

Because the original Territorial Library became a depository for U.S. Government publications in 1893, we have many interesting historical sources. We have also acquired many historical sources in either the original format or republished on microfiche.

Listed below are some highlights from our collection of historical documents. Also, we have many other important historical sets and titles. Contact us for more information about how you can use the primary texts that we have for researching American history.

Because of the nature of these materials, we do not circulate them. If we have them in microfiche, we can make a microfiche copy for you. Most of the paper format publications are in good enough shape that they can be photocopied, but volumes that are not in good physical shape can not be copied.

Selected Historical Collections:

The Serial Set
Congressional Record

Congressional Committee Hearings and Prints/Senate Executive Documents and Reports

The Rebellion Records
Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletins/Other Publications
Indian Claims and Commission Publications
Journals of the Continental Congress
The Warren Commission Report
Watergate

The Serial Set
The Serial Set is our most important source of historical materials. It contains more than 50,000 titles published by Congress from 1789 to the present. It includes the reports, documents, and administrative reports of Congressional committees; the Journal of the Senate and Journal of the House of Representatives; reports to Congress from federal agencies, such as annual reports; messages from the President; and the American State Papers, 38 volumes of documents from the first thirteen congresses. We have the complete Serial Set collection on microfiche, most of the paper volumes published since 1900, and many of the earlier years as well. Some of the other important titles in the collection include the Pentagon Papers, the Rebellion Records, and reports about Watergate and Iran-Contra. You can find out more about The Serial Set on our U.S. Government Information Sources page.

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The Congressional Record
The Congressional Record is a record of what is said on the floor of Congress. Published every day that Congress is in session, it cumulates in a permanent bound edition. There are four sections: The Proceedings of the Senate and House; Extensions of Remarks (consists of previously published materials that members of Congress wish to include in the record); and Daily Digest. We have all of the Congressional Record and its predecessors -- the Annals of Congress, the Register of Debates, and the Congressional Globe.

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Congressional Committee Hearings and Prints, and Senate Executive Documents and Reports
We have acquired microfiche copies of all known committee hearings and prints of Congress, and all Senate Executive Documents and Reports. The earliest hearing that the set includes is from 1833. These include many primary sources for the study of American history, such as the Hearing Before the Committee on Woman Suffrage of February 21, 1894.

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The Rebellion Records
The Rebellion Records, whose official title is Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, comprises 128 volumes. We also have the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, 30 volumes. Both collect the official records and documents of the armies and navies that fought in the Civil War. We also have the atlas volume that contains maps of the battles. Note: You will need patience working with these materials; the original indexing is not good.

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Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletins and Other Publications
The U.S. Bureau of American Ethnology was created in 1879 to study the American Indian. During its 85 year history, the staff and anthropologists who worked for the Bureau published materials that are still being used in researching the history of Native Americans. The bulletins were published separately, and many of them were also published in the Serial Set. They include such reports as A Dictionary of the Osage Language, and Source Material on the History and Ethnology of the Caddo Indians.

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Indian Claims and Commission Publications
The U.S. Indian Claims Commission was created in 1946 to serve as a tribunal for hearing and determining claims prior to 1946 against the U.S. by Indian tribes. These reports, all on microfiche, consist of the decisions of the Commission and copies of the testimony and documents of expert witnesses on behalf of the tribes. The expert testimony includes appraisals of Indian lands, histories of tribes, and studies of Indian areas.

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Journals of the Continental Congress
These 34 volumes contain the documents of the Continental Congress that existed from 1774 to 1789.

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The Warren Commission Report
Controversial since its publication, the 26 volumes of the Warren Commission report of the assassination of President Kennedy continues to be consulted and used.

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Watergate
The many congressional hearings and reports about Watergate are scattered throughout the hearings of the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities and the Serial Set. We have a special index to these materials. We also have the Nixon Tapes and Department of Justice reports on Watergate.

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