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Government Documents Research Guide

Use this guide to find UNO library resources and other helpful research tools.

Depository collections of U.S. Executive documents

Criss Library has been a selective depository library since 1939, and during most years we received about one-half of the documents distributed to libraries. The strongest areas are:

  • Agriculture
  • Commerce (especially the Census Bureau)
  • Defense
  • Health and Human Services
  • Interior
  • Justice
  • Labor
  • The President
  • State

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Historical U.S. Executive documents

In 1911, the U.S. Government Printing Office published the Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789-1909, a landmark reference work listing U.S. documents published between the 1st and 60th Congress. Commonly called the 1909 Checklist, it remains a standard for scholars.

The Congressional Research Service (CIS) published a microfiche archive of the 110,000 documents listed in the 1909 Checklist which were not included within the Congressional Serial Set. While searching for copies of these documents, the editors discovered that in some cases they were using the only copy known to exist. In addition, they found some documents which were not recorded in the 1909 Checklist.

CIS also compiled the United States Executive Documents, 1910-1932, microfiche archive, which adhered to the comprehensive standard of the 1909 Checklist.  In 2015, Criss Library purchased access to the scanned database encompassing both microfiche collections, and researchers may search for and retrieve the documents in the ProQuest Congressional database.