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History 478: Government Publications

Cold War Landscapes
Professor: Karen Merrill
Spring 2020

About U.S. Government Publications

The United States Government Publishing 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. Items can be found by searching the library catalog and limiting the results to Resource Type: Government Documents. The majority of the print government documents collection is housed in the Library Shelving Facility. To have a document retrieved, in the Get It section of the library catalog record, sign in to your library account and then choose Request under Options.

For in-depth research assistance, contact Abigail Cahill.

Catalogs of Government Documents

Use these catalogs to determine what documents were published during a particular time. Search the library catalog and Williams WorldCat to get the full documents.

Congressional Documents

Foreign Government Documents

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.

Declassified Documents

Presidential Papers and Materials