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Government Documents

Historical Bibliographies

Descriptive Catalogue if the Government Publications of the United States, September 5, 1774-March 4, 1881 - first comprehensive bibliography for government publications not published until 1885. Under the leadership of Benjamin Poore.

Comprehensive Index to the Publications of the United States Government, 1881-1893 John Griffith Ames is responsible for this publication that arranges materials alphabetically and includes an index. 

Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789 - 1909 - another useful publication from Ames that useful for examining the scope of a particular agency's publishing from its establishment to 1909