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Government Information: Historic Documents

Information about the UI Library Federal Depository Library Collection

Print Documents

To obtain a copy of an older, print document you can search for it by title in the library catalog. If you find a call number, just take the number to the Reading Room during our hours of operation or the Circulation Desk after hours. Library staff will retrieve the document for you from the basement.  Many documents may be checked out like regular books.

If the University of Idaho Library doesn't have the document, change the search scope to "UI and Summit" to see if a Summit library has a copy.  If none are available, you can use Interlibrary Loan to request a copy from another library. Please contact us if you have questions about the process.

Historic Indexes

The Monthly Catalog of US Government Publications is the comprehensive index to historical information published by the United States federal government. It describes more than 1.2 million items published between January 1895 and June 1976. The catalog is located in the Government Documents Reference Collection on the 1st Floor. Call No: Ref Docs. GP 3.8 and Online 1895-1970.


The U.S. Serial Set includes committee reports, administrative reports, journals, manuals, and special publications from both Houses of Congress. The Serial Set Index, 1789-1969, includes a title/name/subject index, a list of titles in document number order, and a shelflist of volumes in serial order number. Call No: Ref Docs. GP 3.7X

Hein Online contains the full-text, electronic versions of historic documents from a variety of Congressional and legal sources. 

Federal Legislative History Resources

Federal legislative history information can be found from a variety of print, fiche, and electronic resources at the University of Idaho Library.