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Government Documents on Midwestern U.S. History: Government Documents on Midwestern U.S. History

Government Documents on Midwestern U.S. History

Midwest History

Government Documents on Midwestern U.S. History

U.S. Government publications and state government publications are important sources for studying the development of Midwestern U.S. History from the 1787 Northwest Ordinance to the present.
Purdue Libraries have many government publications on the historical development and evolution of the midwest. This guide will consider the following states: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota as being part of the midwest. These publications will primarily include U.S. Government publications and Indiana State publications. Paper copies of these resources are available in the HSSE Library and in the Undergraduate Library's HIKS Repository. Many recent U.S. Government publications are in the Library Catalog but many historical government publications are not in the Library Catalog.. Locating these resources requires using a number of print indexes which listed below.

The principal index for U.S. Government Publications is Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications HSSE REF & Periodicals 016.353 Un36. This indexes all U.S. Government publications distributed to federal depository libraries through the Federal Depository Library Program administered by the U.S. Government Printing Office. An online version of this index from 1994-present is accessible here Additional indexes to historical U.S. documents include:

  • Cumulative Title Index to U.S. Public Documents 1789-1976 - HSSE REF 016.353 C913
  • Checklist of U.S. Public Documents 1789-1909 HSSE REF 016.353 Un3c3 (Online version courtesy of Evergreen State College)
  • CIS U.S. Serial Set Index 1789-1909 HSSE REF 328.73 C761c

These two indexes feature a microfiche collection which Purdue doesn't have but which is available at Indiana University and the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and can be requested thru Interlibrary Loan.

  • CIS Index to U.S. Executive Branch Documents 1789-1909 - HSSE REF 351.C73 C497 1990
  • CIS Index to U.S. Executive Branch Documents 1910-1932 - HSSE REF 351.C73 C497 1996
  • CIS U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings Index 1833-1969 - HSSE REF 348.731 C76
  • (Some of these hearings (1869-1934) are in the U.S. Senate Library microfiche collection in HSSE's 2nd floor microforms collection).
  • CIS Index to Unpublished Senate Committee Hearings 1823-1964 - HSSE REF 348.731 C497
  • Guide to U.S. Government Publications - HSSE REF 015.73 G943

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