HIST 5023: Historical Methods

This guide assists with identifying and researching topics for historical study including how to find and use primary and secondary resources.

About United States Government Documents

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The University Libraries have been a selective depository for United States documents since 1907, and we hold United States federal documents dating back to the 18th century. Documents are housed  in Mullins Library, in Young Law Library, and in offsite storage and can be found in print, microform, and onlne

From 1976 - present most United States documents can be found in OneSearch.

Earlier documents may also be found in OneSearch or by using print or online indexes such as ProQuest Congressional. However, many pre-1976 documents can only be located by asking us.

Documents in the USDOC collection are arranged according to the Superintendent of Documents classification numbering system (SuDoc). More about the Superintendent of Documents System.

Selected Federal Documents Sources

National Archives

The National Archives and its regional depositories hold paper and microfilm manuscript records produced by various government agencies.

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Search the National Archives' Archival Research Catalog for print, microfilm, and online collections:

Selected Arkansas Documents

Unpublished (Manuscript) Census Schedules

Published census materials included the Decennial Census of Population, as well as periodic censuses of agriculture and manufacturing 

Unpublished, or "manuscript" census schedules are the record of individuals and households recorded by the census taker. They are released 70 years after the census date. These schedules are familiar to genealogical researchers trying to track families by place and time. For the historian, these schedules provide detailed demographic and economic data at the household, town, and county level.

The University Libraries have the census schedules for the state of Arkansas for 1830 - 1880 and 1900-1930, on microfilm in Multimedia Services on level two under the following call numbers:

for 1830-1910, 1930: Multimedia Microfilm F410 .C458 1830 -- F 410 .C458 1910 and Multimedia Microfilm F 410 .C458 1930
for 1920: Multimedia Microfilm F410 .C45 1920a

See more about the manuscript census on this handout.

Selected Documents of Foreign Governments