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About U.S. 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 FRANCIS record.
U.S. Congressional Documents
Congressional Publications This link opens in a new window
Publication Dates: 1789-Present
Provides documents covering the full legislative process. Includes the Congressional Record
and its predecessors, bills, laws, hearings, committee prints, House and Senate documents and reports, Congressional Research Service Reports, and the U.S. Serial Set
. Full text availability varies by type of document. Learn more about these types of documents
Congress.gov This link opens in a new window
Publication Dates: 1993-Present
Contains comprehensive legislative information on Congress, including full text of the Congressional Record and bills.
Catalogs of U.S. Government Documents
Use these catalogs to determine what documents were published during a particular time. Search FRANCIS and Williams WorldCat to get the full documents.
Foreign Government Documents & International Law
Wilson Center Digital Archive
Contains newly declassified historical materials from archives around the world. Browse by location
Includes the Global Legal Monitor, U.N. resolutions and documents, Human Rights and Intergovernmental Arbitration databases.
U.S. Declassified Documents Online This link opens in a new window
Publication Dates: 1941-Present
Declassified White House, CIA, FBI, State Department documents from presidential libraries.
Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) This link opens in a new window
Publication Dates: 1945-Present
Declassified U.S. government documents, including bulletins, memos, reports, agreements (primarily acquired through FOIA requests) covering U.S. foreign policy. Arranged in discrete collections; see Collections Guide
, but can be searched across collections. See in particular collections on U.S. Nuclear History, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Cuban Missile Crisis.
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.
Foreign Relations of the United States (print resource)
Call Number: Sawyer E183.7 .U6
Publication Dates: 1861-1977/80 (partial)