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HIST 462: For the Soul of Mankind, The Cold War and American Foreign Relations: U.S. Government Publications

For the Soul of Mankind: The Cold War and American Foreign Relations
Professor: Jessica Chapman
Spring 2023

About Government Publications

The United States Government Printing Office (GPO) is responsible for the publication and dissemination of the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. Print materials are made freely available to the public through the Federal Depository Library Program.

Williams College Libraries has been a depository since 1858, with a special focus on congressional materials. The majority of the government documents collection is housed in the Library Shelving Facility. To have a document retrieved, use the request button in the library catalog record.

Below are some core titles for U.S. government information. For in-depth research assistance with government documents, schedule a research appointment.

Foreign Policy

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) "constitutes the official record of the foreign policy of the United States. These volumes include, subject to necessary security considerations, all documents needed to give a comprehensive record of the major foreign policy decisions within the range of the Department of State's responsibility, together with appropriate materials concerning the facts which contributed to the formulation of policies." (Preface) Issued annually with multiple volumes covering different areas of the world. Learn more about FRUS.

Congressional Documents

Declassified Documents

Presidential Papers and Materials