Documenting history at Roesch: the federal depository collection

05.29.2014

As a selective federal depository, Roesch Library collects materials published by the Government Printing Office. The library has been a depository since 1969 and has a rich collection of documents from the Executive branch, Congress and the Supreme Court. These items offer fascinating glimpses of history from the latter half of the twentieth century. I was reminded these past few months of just how interesting some of them are, as I helped prepare for their relocation from the first to the second floor.

Much of the collection is comprised of materials from the Executive branch, which include not only the President, but also departments like the State Department, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education and more. Access to Congressional materials is provided via the ProQuest Congressional database.

Here are a few examples of government responses to major world events.

-Heidi Gauder, Coordinator of Research and Instruction

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