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Government Documents on Military History: Government Documents on Military History

Government Documents on Military History

Military History

Government Documents on Military History


Government publications are essential sources for military history students and scholars. Purdue University Libraries have extensive collections of U.S. Government publications dealing with military history with most of these being located in HSSE Library. Subject headings you can use to search for military history information in the Library Catalog include:

Afghan War, 2001-

Air Warfare
Iraq War, 2003-2011

Persian Gulf War, 1991
United States Army History
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865

United States History Revolution, 1775-1783

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975
World War, 1939-1945


The principal index for U.S. Government publications is the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications HSSE REF & Periodicals 016.353 Un36 which is also available online from 1976-present. The GPO Index covers from 1976-present.

Other useful U.S. Government document indexes include:

Cumulative Subject index to the Monthly Catalog 1900-1971 HSSE REF 016.353 Un36a
Cumulative Title Index to U.S. Public Documents 1789-1876 HSSE REF 016.353 C913
Checklist of United States Publications 1789-1909 HSSE REF 016.353 Un3cs

Additional subject specific indexes to government military history information are:

Air University Library Index to Military Periodicals HSSE REF 016.6295 Ai7
Congressional Information Service (CIS) Index HSSE REF 328.73005 C76
CIS Congressional Serial Set Index 1789-1969 HSSE REF 328.73 C761c
CIS Unpublished Senate Comm. Hearings Index 1823-1964 HSSE REF 348.731 C497
CIS Congressional Comm. Prints Index HSSE REF 348.731 C755c
CIS U.S. Congressional Comm. Hearings Index 1833-1969 HSSE REF 348.731 C76
CIS Index to U.S. Executive Branch Documents 1789-1909 HSSE REF 351.73 C497 1990
CIS Index to U.S. Executive Branch Documents 1910-1932 HSSE REF 351.73 C497 1996

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