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Government Information

Types of Governments

Each of the following types of government has its own set of information resources.

Access to Government Information

The Federal Depository Library Program originated in the early 1800s to distribute information collected and published by the U.S. government. Colgate University has been a depository of U.S. documents since February 7, 1902.  We have a particularly strong collection of documents from the United States Congress, the Bureau of the Census, and from the Interior (including the National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey) and State Departments. Our collection contains documents in paper, on microfiche, CD, DVD, and online. Documents of interest in our collection include the decennial censuses (dating from 1790), hearings and reports from congressional committees, the Congressional Record, the Serial Set, laws, and the opinions of the Supreme Court.

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