Database of the month: America’s Historical Government Documents

Are you researching American or modern world history? Then the database America’s Historical Government Documents might be just what you need.

In it you find digitised materials from the U.S. Congressional and government archives, such as reports, draft laws and acts, petitions, treaties, and the proceedings of the Senate and the House of Representatives and their committees, the oldest material dating back to 1789.

Containing material from over 200 years of American political history, the database allows you to not only zoom in on key moments such as the Wall Street Crash of 1929, America's entry into World War II, or the Watergate scandal, but also to study long-term developments as f.e. the emancipation of African Americans – from the debates about the abolition of slavery in the mid-nineteenth century to the approval of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 (and beyond).

America’s Historical Government Documents contains 3 major archival collections:

  • American State Papers, 1789-1838
  • U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994
  • Senate Executive Journals, 1789-1980


Check out the database via the History Guide or the A-Z Database list, or go directly to America’s Historical Government Documents.

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