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JONSSON LIBRARY OF GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS
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U.S. Federal Documents

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This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)The U.S. depository collection, which began in 1895, has provided the systematic supply of the regular output of the Government Printing Office; over the years, titles extending back to the Continental Congress have been added to form a substantial documentary resource of the early government of America.
In addition, several agencies have become the focus of the Collection:

• Agriculture Department
• Commerce Department
• Congress
• Interior Department
• Office of the President
• State Department
• War Department

Many smaller agencies with a limited output of publications are also very significant because of their historical context: for example, Panama Canal, Censorship Office, and the Children's Bureau. Their publications are also systematically collected.
Active book selection for the United States Federal collection has brought in government agency publications which are not issued by the Government Printing Office. Still more importantly for the researcher are the special resources of unpublished archives, usually in microformat.
Other special resources include the microfiche series of declassified documents, titles in the American Statistics Index, technical reports of the Atomic Energy Commission, and a typescript copy of the hearings of the National Recovery Administration (1933-1935).
Finally, a note on the physical size of the United States collection underscores its significance: there are in excess of 130,000 volume equivalents of publications, 160,000 technical reports, thousands of reels of microfilm of archives, and more than 300,000 microfiche.

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