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Content in Executive Branch Documents 1789-1932 targets the entire range of executive branch publications listed in the authoritative 1909 Checklist, created in 1911 by the U.S. Superintendent of Documents. The 1909 Checklist is the only systematic effort to provide a complete listing of all documents published by the U.S. government in its first 120 years. Executive Branch Documents 1789-1932 includes nearly all of the 200,000+ executive branch titles listed in the 1909 Checklist that were not included in the U.S. Serial Set, as well as an additional well-chosen 200,000 titles from 1910-1932. The entire collection consists of approximately 7.5 million pages.

Topics span business and industry, foreign trade, navigation, immigration and population, health, causes of death, religious affiliations, military operations, weather conditions, and more.

The wide range of content in Executive Branch Documents makes it suitable for serious researchers in all academic disciplines, including history and political science, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and business. It is of value to genealogists, as it includes many lists of names.

  • Content Type: Government & Official Publications
  • MARC Records: Yes
  • COUNTER Compliant: Yes
  • OpenURL Enabled: Yes

Unique insight into American history and society

Delve into the expanding function of the executive branch over time, federal revenues and spending, and socio-economic changes in an expanding population.

Invaluable historical context

In addition to offering a record of federal department and agency activities, this collection provides insight into virtually all facets of American society.

Robust collection

The wide range of content makes it suitable for serious researchers in all academic disciplines including history, political science, social sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and business.

Explore a wide array of topics

Discover medical treatments from the Civil War, weather conditions throughout the world, construction and civil engineering feats, exploration and topographical surveys of the West, and much more.

Broad spectrum of content

You’ll find information on Native Americans, early U.S. censuses, homesteading, pensions, irrigation, railroads, agricultural experimentation, and education. You can also access documentation of the unparalleled contributions of the U.S. Navy.

Trace more than a century of change

Explore changes in the functioning of the U.S. federal agencies from our nation’s founding through the Indian wars, the Civil War, Reconstruction, industrialization, the First World War, and into the Great Depression.

Perfect companion for congressional publications

The complementary nature of Executive Branch Documents and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set offers the perfect opportunity to provide cross-searchable congressional and executive branch publications on the congressional platform. Executive branch reports were often published and then discontinued as part of the Serial Set, and Executive Branch Documents offers complementary content without overlap. The ability to search executive branch data with the complete congressional data, including hearings and committee prints, allows users to easily make connections between the legislative actions that led to the enactment of laws and the federal agency actions regarding implementation of those laws.

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Even with librarian assistance, finding this content in print or fiche format takes time. Now, a searcher just needs to type in a word and hit “search!” The content contained within ProQuest Executive Branch Documents is massive. A typical library would need over 800 double-faced shelves to house it properly. It contains more than 377,000 documents composed of 7,500,000 pages – and the digital version by ProQuest takes up not one linear foot of shelf space!

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