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Provides a list of print indexes in Milner Library useful for locating government documents.

Print Indexes

1774-1881
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Government Publications of the United States, September 5, 1774-March 4, 1881, compiled by Ben Perley Poore.

  • Executive, legislative and judicial federal documents arranged chronologically according to publication's date of issue;  includes a general index. Continued by John Ames' work Comprehensive index to the publications of the United States government, 1881-1893 (see below).

Location Floor 4 Documents Stacks Z1223 .A1885C

1789-1909
Checklist of United States Public Documents 1789-1909, Congressional: to close of Sixtieth Congress; departmental: to end of calendar year 1909, compiled by Mary A. Hartwell.

  • Lists of congressional and departmental publications dating from 1789 thtough 1909; arranged by agency and classification number where applicable, 1707 pages

Location Floor 4 Documents Stacks DOC. GP 3.2:789-909 (2 copies)

1789-1970
Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789-1970: Indexes, compiled by Daniel W. Lester and Marilyn A. Lester.

Five volume work

  • v. 1. Superintendent of Documents classification author-organizations. Table of contents of microfilm reels.
  • v. 2. U.S. Government author-organization index.
  • v. 3. Departmental keyword indexes to U.S. Government author-organizations.
  • v. 4. U.S. Government serial titles, 1789-1970.
  • v. 5. Master keyword index to the publication-issuing offices of the U.S. Government, 1789-1970.


    Location Floor 4 Documents Stacks Z 1223 .Z7 .L45

1789-1975
Cumulative Title Index to U.S. Government Publication, 1789-1975, compiled by Daniel Lester, Sandra Faull, Lorraine Lester

  • Sixteen volumes contains alphabetical  listing of documents titles.

    Location Floor 4 Documents Stacks Z 1223 .Z7 .L47
  • 1790-1945
    A Guide to Census Publications, 1790-1945

    • Single comprehensive listing of all materials issued by the Bureau of the Census and its predecessor organizations.census publications from 1790 to 1945 arranged by the Superintendent of Documents Classification system; includes detailed index.
      Location Floor 2 Desk Documents Reference (2 copies)      
      DOC. C 3.2:P 96/8/790-945 
      DOC. C 3.2:P 96/8/790-945/1968

    1881-1893
    Comprehensive Index to the Publications of the United States Government, 1881-1893, by John G. Ames.

    • Comprehensive index of government publications from 1889 to 1893 that continues Poore's Descriptive Catalogue. Arranged alphabetically by subject area with a personal name index in volume 2.
    Location Floor 4 Documents Stacks Z 1223 .A1905

    1893-1940
    Document Catalog, 1893-1940

    • Entries are under both personal and governmental authors, subject, and title. Includes a complete list of executive order covered in the period covered.
    Location Floor 4 Documents Stacks Z 1223 .A1905

    1895-1995
    Monthly Catalog of the United States Government Publications, 1895-1995

  • Entries for author, title, subject and series/reports in annual publications.

    Location Floor 4 Documents Stacks GP 3.2:years

  • 1900-1971
    Cumulative Subject Index to the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1900-1971

  • Fifteen volumes provide subject access to the Monthly Catalog.

    Location Floor 4 Documents Stacks Z 1223 .A183