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Government Information Connection: History Portal

Resources in the Government Documents Department for History students. Includes resources in all formats.

Government documents in U.S. History

cartoon benjamin franklinGovernment Documents tell the story of the United States, its people, laws, and regulations.

To browse UNT Libraries' government documents collection visit the Sycamore Library at Sycamore Hall. If you have questions about the physical collections or need assistance location government information or data, please contact the Government Information Librarian or the Government Information Connection.

A Few Historical U.S. Government Documents

Historical Census and other Statistics

Article I of the U.S. Constitution requires an enumeration of the U.S. population, or census, every 10 years for the purpose of determining the number of congressional delegates per state. Over the years, the U.S. census has expanded to inform more than just congressional delegation. The U.S. government offers 6 statistical agencies in addition to the Census Bureau, all of which inform policy, regulation and a broad understanding of the United States. 

The United States Census

The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.

  • The Historical Census books located in the Government Documents reference collection include: Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. This includes general historical statistics of the United States. Call number C3.134/2:H62/789-970/pt.1-22. . 

Other historical government data

Here is a selection of resources to explore historical government data.

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