Foreign Government & International Organization Documents
Lamont Level D which contains the government documents and microfilm is now closed. Anyone wanting material must fill out a paper form at the Lamont Circulation Desk. Material will be delivered within 2 hours. Faculty and their RAs can be admitted to Level D by a librarian and left there alone. Anyone else who needs physical access can be there in the presence of a librarian by appointment. In any case the request form needs to be filled out for anything leaving Level D. More information.
Do an Author search (adjust from any field to author) on your country in HOLLIS Advanced Search with Search Scope: Documents (Lamont). Example. This should put you in the proper call number range. Most foreign government documents are in a series of Widener call numbers (this material was transferred from Widener). Some recent documents have Library of Congress numbers (Doc-LC) and a few have been sent to storage without call numbers. Note that many records for former colonies bear only the colonial names (Gold Coast instead of Ghana), and can retrieved only with the colonial name as a Keyword search. List of former colonies with the new names.
You can browse the foreign government document Widener call numbers. Example for Russia-
In HOLLIS, use the “Starts with/Browse…” link on the basic search screen and browse Old Widener Call Number: Slav Doc 7.10.
Each country has its sequence of numbers. Russia is Slav Doc 7.10-Slav Doc 2500.85.
You can do a search for everything in a Widener root call number, and then limit by language, format, date. Go to Advanced Search, then Code: Local call number. For example Afrdoc*. You must eliminate spaces and add the *.
There are some government documents in Widener and other libraries. Country names can be searched in HOLLIS and WorldCat as Author keyword, but this usually retrieves numerous publications of NGOs, learned societies and other entities. You can do a keyword search on country plus government department name, by searching likely department name terms and finding the proper name.
Or you can browse the country name as Author in Starts with/Browse... A general and mixed group under just the country name will appear first, then the government departments.
To find foreign government documents beyond Harvard Library:
Go to Online Services, then Browse Collections. A rich source of legislative and judicial documents
WorldCat does not offer an Author browse. The Library of Congress catalog can be browsed (AUTHORs/CREATORS beginning with) to find material not held by Harvard. The Department names can then be searched in WorldCat to obtain the OCLC number for an Interlibrary Loan request.
A British Library research guide offers useful overviews of the government publications of many countries.
Lists of Published/Digitized National Foreign Relations Series
all these words: ‘your country’ Library
this exact word or phrase: Government documents
any of these words: Guide research resources
In another search replace Government documents with Government publications
Research Guide: Great Britain: Guide to the Documents
State Papers Online: The Government of Britain 1509-1782 includes State Papers Domestic and Foreign (-1714) with the Registers of the Privy Council and State Papers in the British Library
UK Government Web Archive (1996- ) offers UK central government information including videos, tweets, images and websites.
Research Guide: League of Nations Documents
Research Guide: UNESCO Documents
Research Guide: United Nations Documents
Research Guide: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Documents