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New! The American State Papers - US Historical Documents

If you are a researcher or student scholar who knows that Lewis and Clark's Expedition is not the title of the latest Superman TV series but the name of an influential 19th century mission to chart a large part of our continent, you're going to find a lot to love in the Libraries' new resource.

The American State Papers is a rich source of primary material on many aspects of American history. The resource includes over 6,000 publications including every legislative and executive document of the first fourteen U.S. Congresses, plus additional materials such as speeches and messages of Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. Historical events such as Lewis and Clark's Expedition, Burr's conspiracy and arrest, and the Treaty of the Creek Indians are also covered.

The American State Papers is a critical resource for the study of all aspects of American history including foreign relations; Indian affairs; finance; commerce and navigation; military and naval affairs; genealogy; and political, social, cultural, and ethnic history.

Unlike the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980, the publications in the American State Papers are not divided into reports and documents and do not include House and Senate journals. Approximately two-thirds of the publications cover the first 14 Congresses (1789-1817), whereas the remaining third chronologically overlap with the Serial Set from 1817-1838. The American State Papers is an essential complement to the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980.

Users can access the American State Papers from the frontpage of the Libraries' website, either through IRIS or by following the path: Find Articles > Indexes and Databases > General > Government Publications > American State Papers.

Posted August 24, 2005