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HIST 465 Civil War and Reconstruction: HIST 465 Civil War and Reconstruction Government Information Resources

Government information resources for class assignments

HIST 465

Purdue Libraries have access to many government information resources from this time period. ProQuest's Digital U.S. Congressional Serial Set 1789-1969 is a critical source for U.S. Government Documents. These documents will cover reports from executive branch agencies such as the War Department, Department of the Treasury, exploring expedition reports, congresional committee reports on legislation, and personal pension application requests. Congressional Serial Set documents will also include maps, illustrations, and statistics. Documents listed in this database are accessible through the Purdue Libraries online catalog and are broken down into the following categories:

House Documents
House Executive Documents
House Reports
Senate Documents
Senate Executive Documents
Senate Reports.

Reports are arranged by individual two year congressional sessions e.g. House Report 46-112 and are in individually numbered serial volumes. For instance, House Report 46-112 about the military academy at West Point, NY is in Serial Set volume 1982.

Useful Library of Congress Subject searches in the online catalog include:

Agriculture Virginia History

Georgia History Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. War Dept

United States History Civil War, 1861-1865
Reconstruction U.S. History (1865-1877)

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