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Policy Studies: Primary Sources

What is a Primary Source?

Presidential Documents, Texts of Speeches & Remarks

Public Papers of the Presidents

(each volume indexed)

Hoover through Carter, 1929-1981, except Franklin Roosevelt
Fed Docs   GS 4.113:    -   3rd floor

Reagan through Obama, 1981 -  present
Fed Docs   AE 2.114:   -   3rd floor

Public Papers & Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt 
E806 .R78  -   1st floor

Compilation of the Messages & Papers of the Presidents

Washington through Wilson; 1789-1921; 20+ vols.
J81 .U58   -   1st floor

Online Congressional Sources

Congressional Documents in Printed Volumes

For an overview of Congressional actions & documents year-by-year

Congressional Quarterly Almanac
[1945 – present]
JK1 .C749  -   4th floor

Verbatim record of debates & actions in Congress

Congressional Record
[Grant forward, 1873      ]
Fed Docs  X 1.1: congress   -   3rd floor 

Text of laws as passed by Congress and signed by the presidents

United States Statutes at Large
KF50 .U5   -   1st floor

Map of 3rd Floor

Map of 3rd floor showing Federal Documents area