Historic Publications

GPO's Catalog of U.S. Government Publications and govinfo.gov offer free public access to a wide variety of interesting Government documents. Check out these interesting historic finds.

Fall 2021

  • snakeriver

    The initial public release of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set on govinfo includes volumes from the 69th Congress, the 82nd Congress, and several 19th century Congresses. A few highlights include Art and artists of the Capitol of the United States, a report from the Joint Committee of the Library recommending continuing the American State Papers series, and a message from President Andrew Jackson announcing the death of General Lafayette.

  • northernbarrage
    GPO recently released a digitized collection of the government document indexes produced by GPO, or at the direction of Congress prior to the establishment of GPO. The collection includes the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, Documents Catalogue, Documents Index, Numerical Lists, Ames’, Poore’s, and the 1909 Checklist.
  • greatlakes
    This summer many communities in the US saw torrential rain from Hurricane Ida and other significant storms. Climate researchers may wish to compare this summer’s rainfall reports to the rainfall intensity-frequency data made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in this report from the Bureau of Agricultural Engineering, issued in 1935.
  • UFO

    For many Americans, the autumn harvest season is the only time we think about our farmlands or visit nearby farms, but farmers must work to conserve the vitality and productivity of their soil year-round. Thomas Jefferson was a committed soil conservationist, and this 1944 U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service publication explains how Jefferson sought to restore the depleted fields at Monticello after he returned from Europe in 1794.

  • Sharon in English and Spanish

    Included in recently contributed content from the University of Florida are reports of the U.S. Entomological Commission, established by Congress as a department under the U.S. Geological Survey in 1877.

Summer 2021

  • snakeriver

    In collaboration with Boise State University, GPO has digitized the Department of the Interior Resource Study of the Middle Snaker, a 1968 regional publication that was not reported to GPO at the time of publication.

  • northernbarrage
    The Navy’s All Hands Magazine got its start in 1922 as the Bureau of Navigation News Bulletin, before becoming the Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin in 1942. In 1945 “All Hands” appeared on the cover, and the publication has carried the name ever since.
  • greatlakes
    Prepare for a summer of safe swimming with the Water ‘n Kids coloring book sought to help interested individuals determine which plants native to their locality were marketable for medicinal purposes.

Spring 2021

  • Your Path, Peace and Security

    Digitized by GPO Partner FRASER, Woman Worker was a bimonthly magazine published by the Women’s Bureau 1938-1942.

  • northernbarrage
    U.S. Patent & Trademark Office offers historical roster books dating back to 1883, which could be used to determine which years an attorney or agent was registered to practice before the U.S. Patent Office.
  • greatlakes
    Taken by Voyager 1, this NASA photo showed the Earth and the moon in the same frame for the first time.

Winter 2020

Fall 2020

  • Your Path, Peace and Security

    University of Washington, GPO’s newest Digital Content Contributor, digitized a 1947 tri-fold brochure from the Treasury Department’s Savings Bond Marketing Office.

  • PL101-343

    GPO continues to partner with the Colorado School of Mines to catalog electronic versions of the USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report series. Explore a selection in the CGP.

  • Sharon in English and Spanish

    Looking for something to share with young readers? Sharon Finds the Environment, a read-along story from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, is available in English and Spanish.

Summer 2020

  • PL101-343

    In 1878, the U.S. Geological Survey submitted a Report on the Methods of Surveying the Public Domain to the National Academy of Sciences, which had been directed by Congress to consider the methodology and expenses of land surveys.


    Spring 2020


    Winter 2019

    • 1 usgs report

      Did wood-pulp mills in New York contribute to pollution in Lake Champlain? The USGS investigated in 1905.

    • 2 national monetary commission

      Want to know more about banking conditions in the U.S. and other countries before World War I? Check out this January 1912 report from the National Monetary Commission.

    • 3 german painting hearing

      Learn how three paintings, including a Rembrandt, were stolen from Germany in 1922 and ended up in Ohio. The Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce discussed the potential return of the paintings to West Germany during this 89th Congress hearing.


    Fall 2019

    • PL101-343

      Get ready to celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month with Public Law 101-343, which designated November 1990 as the first National American Indian Heritage Month, and accompanying Proclamation 6230.

    • NorthewestSector

      The map Northwest sector No. 10-22, issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1944, was digitized and contributed by Washington State Library.

    • Dietary Intake

      Dietary intake findings: United States, 1971-1974 reported data from the first Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (HANES) on the intakes of various nutrients by the U.S. population, for individuals aged 1-74 years.


    Summer 2019

    • 4 NOAAactivitybook

      Looking for educational activities to beat the heat? This NOAA activity book teaches climate science through interactive activities.  

    • 5 wildlifecircular

      Digitized and contributed by Washington State Library, Wildlife Circular 3 describes the implementation of the Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration Act, passed in 1937.


    Spring 2019

    • 1 wallpaper

      Considering renovating a historic property? This report from the National Park Service offers an extensive history of wallpaper styles and technologies, and guidance for restoration projects.

    • 2 mallards

      Government publications are fun for all ages! Enjoy this picture book and learn about the mating patterns of mallard ducks.

    • 3 finalreportWPA

      The Works Progress Administration provided employment for 8,500,000 individuals over the course of the program’s eight years in operation. The Final Report on the WPA Program, 1935-43 chronicles projects undertaken, employment by state and project, and program expenditures.

    • 4 hearing

      In 1961 the U.S. Government passed H.R. 5442, mandating the inclusion of a maker’s mark on gold and silver articles. This hearing describes the need for expanded consumer protection, beyond the scope of the National Stamping Act.  

    • 5 coloringbook

      Looking for a fun staff development activity? Learn about wildlife and relieve stress with this coloring book from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.