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Government Information *: Document Collections

This site lists links to databases and scholarly web sites that support access to and analysis of government information.

Document Collections and Digital Archives

  • The American Presidency Project -- an online archive that contain more than 75,700 documents related to the study of the Presidency. Maintained by the University of California at Santa Barbara, the searchable database includes the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington - Taft (1789-1913); the Public Papers of the Presidents: Hoover to Bush (1929-1993); the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents: Clinton - G.W. Bush (1993-2007). as well as Executive Orders and Proclamations, State of the Union Addresses, Inaugural Addresses, press conferences, and much more.
  • Open CRS Network -- A project of the Center for Democracy and Technology, Open CRS provides access to the full-text of Congressional Research Services Reports that are in the public domain.
  • Oyez -- a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality 'tour' of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices.
  • United States Congressional Serial Set -- commonly referred to as the Serial Set, this collection contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports. The reports are usually from congressional committees dealing with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. The documents include all other papers ordered printed by the House or Senate. Documents cover a wide variety of topics and may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, executive-branch materials were also published in the Serial Set.