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Government Documents

Chester Fritz Library resources for government research


The Library of Congress provides a rich collection of resources, both online and in print. Print items are located on the 1st floor of the library in the government documents section under SuDoc classification LC. Here are a few highlights:

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Government documents provide a wealth of primary and secondary historical material. They offer insights into the government, the population, and the culture.  Here are a few highlights:

Smithsonian Museum


Government agencies publish materials in a wide variety of languages and on learning other languages:

Japanese Calligraphy

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  • Foreign Language-Learning Materials: SI 1.114/2. – SI 114/3:J 27
    • Adapting and writing language lessons
    • Basic Courses for languages such as Cambodian, Cantonese, Dari, French, and many more
    • Modern Writing in Arabic and other languages
  • Braille-Related Materials, LC 17.9:C 44+
  • Publications in other Languages: Search keyword “government documents” or “federal documents” and pick a language


The National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities has a long tradition of supporting performing arts. Additionally, the Library of Congress offers access to a vast collection related to the performing arts. For example:

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Additional materials are available in print in the government documents section on the first floor under NF (National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities) and LC (Library of Congress).

Government documents in this area address everything from religious freedom and separation of church and state to statistical and cultural examinations of religion and philosophy in America.

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For additional resources, search for "religion" (or philosophy) and "government documents."  Subject headings include "Religion and Psychology," "Freedom of Religion" and "Religion and State."

The Smithsonian Institution and Library of Congress offer a wealth of material for the visual arts, including:

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You can find more materials on the 1st floor of the library in the government documents section under LC (Library of Congress) and SI (Smithsonian Institution) and on their websites.