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United States State Documents


The backbone of the collection is the California State depository program which began in 1967. Prior to that time many California titles were purchased or acquired through gift arrangements, so that there is a distinct historical context to the material.

The depository program includes all publications issued by the State Printer. These cover a wide range of matters:

• Legislative hearings when transcribed;
• Bulletins on water resources;
• Commission reports;
• Bills, journals and laws of the Legislature; and Statistics.

Especially important are the Governor's press releases, one of the very few sets in the state.
Of more recent note are the depository collections of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) [San Francisco region] and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) [Los Angeles Region]. These provide support to programs in public policy and regional planning and government. Publications of planning departments or commissions are actively acquired to augment ABAG and SCAG materials. For example, the San Francisco Planning Commission has designated the Jonsson Library a depository for its publications, plans and environmental impact reports. Publications of other California regional organizations such as Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) are also systematically collected.
Documents from other states are not aggressively selected, with some exceptions:

• Statistical publications since 1986 are acquired in microfiche as listed in the Statistical Reference Index; the set continues paper equivalents of statistics collected for earlier years;
• Topical subjects, such as AIDS, are systematically collected from cities, counties and states, both for historical documentation of a social crisis and to serve as a `model' of public policy.
The historical collections of early state records are well represented with two microfilm sets:
• The Library of Congress' Microfilm Collection of Early State Records which extends from the early 1600's to the late 1800's; this set of 1600 reels reproduces legislative proceedings of colonies, territories and states, as well as laws, and constitutional and administrative records;
• The State Censuses Microfiche Collection which contains demographic censuses conducted by the various states between 1790 and 1945.

For the nineteenth century there are also large collections of records for New York, Massachusetts, and several of the eastern states.


References: U.S. State and Local

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State and Local Documents



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