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  • 1.AGENCY, LIBRARY, COOPERATIVE, & PROPRIETARY SOURCES Digitized Historical Government Documents

2. Cooperatives

  • Google Book Project:http://books.google.com/

3. Cooperatives, cont.

  • Open Content Alliance / Internet Archive:http://www.archive.org/details/USGovernmentDocuments
    • Has separate section for digitized U.S. Government Documents
    • Librarians can submit materials for digital archive
    • Better understanding of copyright-free status

4. Federal Agencies 5. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

  • Publications Warehouse:http://pubs.usgs.gov/
    • Annual Reports
    • Bulletins
    • Circulars
    • Open-File Reports
    • Water Supply Papers
    • Water-Resources Investigations Reports

6. Census Bureau

  • Digitized copies of historical statistical volumes:http://www.census.gov/history/
    • Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
    • Historical Census Reports
    • Statistical Abstract of the U.S.: 1878-present( http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/past_years.html )

7. Forest Service

  • Treesearch:http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/
    • Research station publications
  • Forest Service publications are highly dispersed. It can be useful to visit individual forest or research station websites.

8. National Agricultural Library Digital Repository

  • Many core USDA series:http://naldr.nal.usda.gov/
    • Agriculture Handbooks
    • Yearbook of Agriculture
    • Reports of the Secretary Agriculture
    • Agricultural Economic Report
    • Miscellaneous Publications
    • Technical Bulletins

9. NASA

  • NASA Technical Report Server:http://ntrs.nasa.gov
    • NASA technical reports, 1958-present
    • NACA collection, 1915-1958
  • NASA Images:http://www.nasaimages.org/
    • NASA's images, videos and audio collections
    • Cooperative project with the Internet Archive

10. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

  • FRASER:http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/publications/
    • Banking & monetary statistics, 1896-1970
    • Economic Indicators, 1948-2008
    • Economic Report of the President, 1947-2008
    • Survey of Current Business, 1921-1999
  • ALFRED:http://alfred.stlouisfed.org/
    • Sets of current and vintage data

11. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

  • Electronic Reading Room:http://www.foia.cia.gov/
    • Family Jewels
    • UFOs
    • Psychological warfare
    • Space weapons
    • Memos about other countries

12. Smithsonian Institution

  • Smithsonian Digital Library:http://www.sil.si.edu/Galaxy.cfm?id=1.1
    • Contributions series
    • U.S. Exploring Expedition
    • Biodiversity Heritage Library Collection
    • Mosaic of Science

13. Department of Labor

  • Wirtz Labor Digital Library:http://www.dol.gov/oasam/library/digital/main.htm
    • Department of Labor publications
    • Trade union and labor history materials
    • Labor leaders biographies
    • Statistical abstracts

14. Bureau of Land Management

  • General Land Office records:http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/
    • Land Patent search for all available states
    • Plat maps for some states
  • Montana plat maps:http://glo.mt.gov/

15. Library of Congress

  • American Memory collection:http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html
  • A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation:http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lawhome.html

16. Universities & Academic Libraries 17. University of North Texas

  • Government information digital collections:http://www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/digital-collections
    • CRS reports
    • Experiment Station Publications
    • Federal Newsmaps
    • FCC Record
    • USDA publications

18. University of Wisconsin

  • Foreign Relations of the United States:http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/FRUS/

19. University of California, Santa Barbara

  • American Presidency Project:http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu
    • Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington to Taft (1789-1913)
    • Public Papers of the Presidents: Hoover to Bush (1929-1993)
    • Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents: Clinton to G.W. Bush (1993-2008)

20. Oklahoma State University

  • Digital Collections:http://digital.library.okstate.edu
    • Kapplers Indian Affairs: Laws & Treaties
    • Indian Claims Commission Decisions

21. Cornell University

  • Making of America:http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/
  • The Cornell site has the War of the Rebellion series for the Army and Navy.

22. University of Virginia

  • Digital Collections:http://lib.virginia.edu/digital/collections/
    • Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery
  • Historical Census Browser:http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/stats/histcensus
    • State and county data for common topics, 1790-1960

23. George Washington University

  • National Security Archive:http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/index.html
    • Declassified intelligence documents
    • Selected documents online for free, others accessible through Digital National Security Archive database

24. University of Maryland School of Law

  • Special Collections and Digital Projects:http://www.law.umaryland.edu/marshall/specialcollections/
    • Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
    • Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports

25. Virginia Commonwealth University

  • VCU Libraries Digital Collections:http://dig.library.vcu.edu/index.php
    • PS Magazine, the Preventive Maintenance Monthly

26. Yale University

  • Avalon Project:http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/avalon.htm
  • Text versions of important legal documents

27. Other favorites

  • David Rumsey Map Collection:http://www.davidrumsey.com/

28. Other Favorites, cont.

  • Bureau of American Ethnology Annual Reports (French National Library):http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb37575968z/date

29. Proprietary

  • Digital Serial Set (Readex or Lexis)
  • Hein Online
  • ProQuest Monthly Catalog
  • Lexis Congressional Hearing Collection
  • Digital Congressional Record (LexisNexis; Hein)

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