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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

United States Government Documents at WPL

The Worcester Public Library has been a select U.S. Government Documents Depository since the inception of the program in 1859. As one of the oldest such libraries in the country, Worcester has some unique holdings of federal government publications.
Some of these irreplaceable materials include: War Department publications from the Civil War, the Panama Canal construction, and World Wars I and II. The very early works include Journals of Congress from 1790, American State Papers from Colonial times, the United States Serial Set from the early 19th century (1833), State Papers and Publick Documents of the United States from the accession of George Washington to the presidency, exhibiting a complete view of foreign relations since that time. 1789-96, and The Papers of James Madison purchased by order of the Congress.
Now, 148 years later, we still receive around 5,000 documents each year from all the various government agencies. Only now they come in paper, microfiche, mixed kits, VHS, DVD, CD-ROM, and online through the library's OPAC

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