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INDEXES AND REFERENCE MATERIALS

General Indexes to U.S. Government Publications

Call number: Z 1223 .Z7 P66 1885 (located in Social Sciences Reference Collection)

Descriptive Catalog of the Government Publications of the United States, September 5, 1774-March 4, 1881 by Benjamin Poore

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. While no call numbers are given, enough information is provided to locate items in the Serial Set.

Call number: GP 3.6: 881-893 (located in Auxiliary Storage)

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

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.

Call number: Z 1223 .Z7 C54 1962 (located in Social Sciences Reference Collection)

Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789-1909

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.

Call number: J 74.C65 (LC classification)

U.S. Serial Set Index, 1789-1969.

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.)

 

Locating Printed Federal Documents

United States Federal Government Publications are organized by a system developed and managed by the Superintendent of Documents. This system is commonly referred to as SuDoc. The link below provides basic information regarding this system.