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Guide to Historical Research with Government Publications, 1789-1989

About the Guide to Historical Research with Government Publications, 1789-1989

This website is an online supplement to the article, "Guide to Historical Research with Government Publications," authored by Helmke Library Dean Emeritus Cheryl Truesdell and published in 2010 in the journal Indiana Libraries.

The companion website lists the best indexes to historical documents written between 1789-1989. It ends before the rapid transformation of many government document series from print to digital. See the Government Information topic guide for current access to recent and historical government publications. 

This guide does not attempt to list every historical index or source produced over the years, but identifies the most comprehensive, authoritative, and useful editions. While many pre-1976 documents are still not cataloged, libraries across the country are beginning to catalog their historical collections and make the catalog records available in WorldCat (link at bottom of page).

The guide is organized first by branch of government - legislative, executive, judicial - and then presents the major document series.