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Early Government Documents

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


"Older Series of Note"

    Established as a Federal Depository Library and participating in that program since 1880, Colorado College has a substantial historical collection of government publications dating back to 1774.

Annual Reports: Most department have call number “1.1“
A 1.1:, I 1.1:, SI 1.1:, etc.,

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:


  • Annual Report of the Commissioner of Patents, I 23.1and C 21.1:
  • Search for Patents online, USPTO

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:

Early Congress

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.
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional documents and debates 1774-1873 (online)
Annals of Congress (online) and other titles (Congressional Record) – a record of the debates and proceedings in the Congress, 1789-date.