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early Indexes

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Colorado College Holdings:
Early U.S. Government Documents, 1789-1909


Most of the publications we have for this period of time are congressional documents. Search for topics in the following indexes.

Be sure to take note of the exact:

  • TITLE  
  • and DEPARTMENT e.g., Agriculture, Forest Service,
  • or type of CONGRESSIONAL DOCUMENT with
    • e.g., House Executive Document, 57th Congress, 1st Session, 5102), AND CALL NUMBER (if departmental document

Most of these documents are located in the Documents Enclosed Area. Please ask at the reference desk for help in locating documents.




Congressional Indexes, 1789 - 1969; (ONLINE from Congressional Universe - CC access only see database titles list)


CIS US Serial Set Index, 1789-1897. Paper. (Docs Indexes)
Indexes congressional documents only.

Arranged in four time periods, 3 volumes each, by broad subject headings.
Use the first two subject volumes in each group to look for your topic.
Each citation includes the Serial Set volume number:

e.g., H.exdoc.256 (41-2) 1425 = House Executive Document number 256, 41st Congress, 2nd session; Serial Set number 1425


CIS Index to U.S. Executive Branch Documents, 1789-1909. Paper. (Docs Indexes)
Issued in parts, each part contains a subject index to the executive departments contained in that part.
Also includes a listing of documents by SuDoc call number, a title index, and a Reference Bibliography.
Use the subject index to search for your topic in the most likely departments.
At the end of each entry you will find a Reference Bibliography number (e.g., T104a-41.14).
Look up this number in the Reference Bibliography that is in the last volume of the part you are using.
There you will find the SuDoc call number for the item you want.
Check TIGER or go to docs stacks to see if we own and to retrieve it.


CIS US Serial Set Index: Part XIV, Index and Carto-Bibliography of Maps, 1789-1969. Paper. (Docs Indexes)

This is the first comprehensive index for the approximately 50,000 maps contained in the Serial Set.

  • Major U.S. government sponsored surveys of the American West occurred in the 1800's
  • maps of the Civil War.
  • maps of areas of interest outside the US: South America, Japan, Antarctic, Philippines, and other parts of the world
  • maps of soils in every county during the 20th century
  • maps produced during the Great Depression, World War II
  • and maps documenting energy production, water resources, farm resources and transportation.


The following older indexes may also be useful:

A Descriptive Catalog of the Government Publications of the U.S., 1774-1881. Poore, Benjamin P. Paper. (Docs Indexes) 1 vol.
Arranged chronologically with a name and subject index.

**Gives no serial set volume numbers or SuDoc call numbers.

Use with the Checklist (below) to locate Serial Set numbers.

Use with the title listing for each department in the CIS Index to U.S. Executive Branch Documents, 1789-1909 or the Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents, 1789-1976 or the departmental listing of documents in the Checklist to find the SuDoc call number.

(Included in 20th Century Masterfile, a database with CC access only - see database titles list.)


Checklist of U.S. Public Documents, 1789-1910. Paper. (Docs Indexes) 1 vol.
Chronological list of congressional publications including the Serial Set volume number in which they appear.

Also has a list of departmental publications by department and bureau including the SuDoc call number.


Documents Catalog. Catalogue of the Public Documents of the 53rd-76th Congress and of All Departments of the Government of the U.S. for the period from March 4, 1893 to Dec. 31, 1940 Paper. (Docs Indexes)
Arranged in order by subject. Includes departmental and congressional documents.

Also includes the Serial Set volume number for congressional documents (four digit number in bold type), which is essential to locate the document in the Serial Set.


Cumulative Title Index to U.S. Public Documents, 1789-1976 Paper. (Docs Indexes GP 3.812:1-16)
Exact title index. Includes SuDoc numbers.


Index to U.S. Documents Relating to Foreign Affairs 1828-1861, by Adelaide Hasse Paper. (Docs Indexes)
An index to Congressional documents regarding foreign affairs. Includes Serial Set documents, Congressional Globe, Senate Executive Journal, Opinions of Attorney General, Statutes at Large.




U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873  (Docs Enclosed Area)
Laws, House Journal, Senate Journal, Senate Executive Journal, Annals of Congress, Journal of Senator Maclay.

See Docs page "Congress" or Library of Congress page


Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence, 1775-1785 (Docs Enclosed Area)
Correspondence relating to foreign affairs and diplomacy during the American Revolution.


Naval Documents of the American Revolution (DOCS) D 207.12:vol.
Original documents and letters on naval operations from 1774-1777.


Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789 (Docs Enclosed Area)


Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1779 Microfilm. Shelved at the end of all DOCS microfiche.

Paper index on top of microfiche cabinets.


Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789 (DOCS) LC 1.34:1-18
Supplements the Journal of the Continental Congress.


Secret Journals of the Acts and Proceedings of Congress from the first meeting thereof to the dissolution of the confederation, 1775-1788 (Docs Enclosed Area)


American Archives (Docs Enclosed Area)
Colonial papers and documents 1774-76 on colonial affairs and the American Revolution.


American State Papers (Docs Enclosed Area) -- Serial Set vols. 01-038
Executive and legislative documents of first 14 congresses, 1789-1823, grouped by subject categories. Index in each volume.


Annals of Congress {and various other titles e.g. Congressional Record} (Docs Enclosed Area)
A record of the debates and proceedings in the Congress, 1789-date.


Foreign Relations of the United States (Docs Enclosed Area) S 1.1:1862-
Official record of U.S. foreign policy with correspondence and papers on major policies and decisions.


Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970 (DOCS) C 3.134/2:H 62/789-970 and REF. HA202.H57 1989, vols.1 & 2 
Historical population and housing data for U.S., regions, states and counties, 1789-1970.


Indian Affairs: Laws & Treaties by Charles Kappler, 1778-1904 (Online and DOCS) I 1.107:1-6

Compilation of treaties, laws, executive orders, etc. relating to Indian affairs.


Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897 (Docs Enclosed Area) Serial Set 3265 and (Main stacks) J 81.B96


Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in War of Rebellion. (DOCS) N 16.6:vol. See entry in the TIGER catalog for complete holdings.)
Letters, documents, reports regarding naval operations during Civil War.


War of the Rebellion. Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1880-1901. (Regular Stacks) E 464.U6
Military records, reports, letters, orders on the Civil War arranged by campaign and theaters of operation, has index to individual names.


Statutes at Large  (Online and DOCS AE 2.111:1984- )
Bound volumes of laws as passed through Congress.


Treaties and other International Acts of the U.S., 1776-date. (DOCS S 9.)
For treaties 1776-1949, use the red volumes called the "Bevans". There is an index in the last volume.

For treaties 1950- use United States Treaty Index, 1776-1990. Locate these treaties in the blue set, United States Treaties and Other International Agreements. For current treaties use Current Treaty Index. See online Treaties on the Docs web pages.


Territorial Papers of the United States  (DOCS GS 4.13:vol., and S 1.36:vol.)
Documents and correspondence relating to constitutional and political beginnings and administration of territorial areas prior to statehood.


Census of the United States, 1790-date. Paper and microforms.(DOCS C 3.X:nos.)
See online United States Historical Census Data Browser 1790 to 1960.


Hayden, King, Powell, and Wheeler Surveys of the West, 1867-1883 . (Docs Enclosed Area) I 17., I 18., W 7.1:, W 8.1: and the Explorations and Surveys for a Railroad Route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.


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