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Government Resources: Historical Documents

Federal and state sources for information

Historical Documents

  • America's Historical Documents (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)
  • 100 Milestone Documents : Compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.
  • American Memory (Library of Congress) : Gateway to the primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. Offers more than 7 million digital items.
  • AVALON Project (Yale University) : Presents digital historical documents relevant to the fields of law, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. Also links to supporting documents.
  • Congressional Documents: Impeachment (Bowdoin College Library): Compiled a comprehensive libguide on Impeachment of an U.S. President from Andrew Johnson to Donald Trump.
  • ProQuest Congressional Publications : Contains the Congressional Record Bound Edition, 1789-1997.
  • President : Maintained by the Leadership Information Archives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Furnishes links to archival material on U.S. presidents and presidential libraries from Herbert Hoover to the present.
  • Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Containing the public messages, speeches, and statement of the Presidents. Published annually from 1956 on.
  • The American Presidency Project (University of California, Santa Barbara) : Provided text of the Public Papers of the Presidents from 1929-1992/93.
  • Presidential Libraries --Presidential Papers (National Archives and Records Administration)
  • Virginia Historical Documents (Library of Virginia)
  • Virginia Historical Society
  • History and American Studies compiled by Jack Bales Reference and Humanities Librarian (UMW): "List of both web pages and books that students could use, divided by subject. In the primary source category, ... links to the History Dept.'s historical documents / primary sources page."

Government Documents

Federal Depository Library

Summer Durrant
Collection Services Librarian
Government Documents Coordinator

Phyllis Johnson
Government Documents Assistant