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Early Government Documents: Docs Enclosed: Early U.S. Documents

Publications from the Tutt Collection along with links to core documents.

Doc Enclosed Location

Early United States Government Documents

Documents Enclosed Area

- contains early publications of the US federal government, up to 1915
- north-west end of the stacks in Tutt South basement
- the section is locked; please ask at the reference desk for help in retrieving the documents you want.

Search the TIGER catalog for more detailed information on holdings and for call numbers.

Note that the more recent publications, especially those in series, are located in the general government stack locations.


Hayden and Powell Surveys of the West 

  • Hayden, F.V. at I 18.1:
  • Powell, John Wesley at I 17.6:
  • Exploration of the Colorado River of the West at SI 1.2:C 71

Wheeler and King Surveys of the West

  • King, Clarence at W 7.10
  • Wheeler, George M. at W 8.5

Pacific Railroad Survey 

  • Serial Set nos. 760-768 (Senate copy)
  • Serial Set nos. 791-800 (House copy)
  • W 7.14: nos. (War Department copy)
  • Maps from map volume are separate in deeper shelves at the beginning of the enclosed area.

 U.S. Geological Survey

  • Annual Reports, 1880 – 1949, at I 19.1:
  • Bulletins, 1883 – 1950, at I 19.3:nos. 1-967
  • Monographs, 1890 – 1929, at I 19.9:nos.
  • Professional Papers, 1902 – 1958,
    at I 19.16: v. 1-299


Indian Affairs

  • Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1873–1920,  I 1.1
  • Report on Indian Affairs, 1875–1908, I 20.1:

Labor Department

  • Bulletins, 1895 1917, L 2.3: v.1 – 199
  • Children’s Bureau, L 5.20
  • Immigration Bureau, L 3.7:

Smithsonian Institution

  • several series,
  • 1800’s to early 1900’s, SI

State Department

  • Messages and Diplomatic Correspondences, S 1.1:
  • Foreign Relations of the United States, 1862–1899,  S 1.1:

War/ War Department

  • Official Army Registers, 1815-1893,  W 3.11 and W 3.12
  • Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence, 1775-1785,  Z 2.4
  • Japanese Relocation Monographs, WWII, I 52.2:


American Archives, 1774-76 – colonial papers and documents on colonial affairs and the American Revolution.

Secret Journals of the Acts and Proceedings of Congress from the first meeting thereof to the dissolution of the confederation, 1775-1788

Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789

American State Papers, 1789-1823 – executive and legislative documents of first 14 congresses grouped by subject categories. Index in each volume.

U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873

Annals of Congress and various other titles (Congressional Record) – a record of the debates and proceedings in the Congress, 1789-date.

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