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Government Publications: History and Archives

Historical and Archival Resources

The Library of Congress is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

The Library provides Congress, the federal government and the American people with a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage them and support their intellectual and creative endeavors.

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only a small number are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by NARA forever. Those valuable records are preserved and made available to the public.

Search the NARA Catalog.

Search the NARA Guide to Federal Records.