Historical Documents

William F. Maag, Jr. Library      A Federal Depository Library Since 1973

Finding Government Documents
Ohio Government Information
Historical Documents:
General Indexes 
Congressional Indexes
Historical Documents on the Web
U.S. Serial Set
Government Information on the Web
FDsys: Federal Digital System

Maag Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents.
Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law.
(Title 44 United States Code)


Title of Index Location
3rd Floor
1774-1881 Descriptive Catalogue of the Government Publications of the United States. 1885. 2 vols. (Commonly known as "Poore's" for the author, Ben Perley Poore) Gov Docs
1789-1909 Checklist of United States Public Documents. 1911. (Commonly known as the "1909 Checklist") Gov Docs Reference
1881-1893 Comprehensive Index to the Publications of the United States Government. 1905. (Commonly known as "Ames" for the author, John Griffith Ames) Gov Docs Reference
1893-1940 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") Gov Docs Reference
1900-1971 Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1900-1971. 15 vols. Gov Docs Reference
Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.
The standard index for identifying government documents. 10-year cumulative index for 1941-50 and 5-year indexes for 1961-65; 1966-70; 1971-76.
1976 to the present may be searched online through OhioLINK's
GPO Monthly Catalog / Off Campus Access or freely online at the Government Printing Office's Catalog of U.S. Governemnt Publications.
Gov Docs Reference


Title of Index Location
3rd Floor
1789-1817 Public Documents of the First Fourteen Congresses: Papers Relating to Early Congressional Documents. 1900. (Commonly known as "Greeley's" for the author, Adolphus Washington Greeley) Gov Docs Reference
1817-1893 Tables of and Annotated Index to the Congressional Series of United States Public Documents. 1902. Microforms
Ultra Fiche
LAC 10555
1830-1969 U.S. Congressional Committee Prints Index Through 1969. 1980. Congressional information Service. 5 vols. Gov Docs Reference
Dates Vary The Library of Congress Thomas Legislative Information
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.

Continental Congress &
the Constitutional Convention
Journals of Congress
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 and Documents              Debates of Congress
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.

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 Worl 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.

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

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 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