State and Local Documents
- City and State Documents in HOLLIS+ and WorldCat
- Indexes and Bibliographies
- Digitized Collections
- Local Research Guides
- Public documents of Massachusetts
- Documents of the City of Boston
State and city names can be searched as Author keyword, but this usually retrieves too many publications of NGOs, learned societies and other entities. You can do a keyword search on state or city plus department name, by searching likely department name terms and finding the proper name.
Or you can browse the state or city name as Author in Starts with/Browse. A general and mixed group under just the state or city name will appear first, then the government departments. For city names add the proper state abbreviation (Chicago, Ill). Use Standard not Postal
For material not available at Harvard, search in: WorldCat (the OCLC Union Catalog) which includes catalog records from over 45,000 libraries worldwide but largely U.S. Includes books, periodicals, archives and manuscripts, maps, videotapes, computer readable files, etc. Includes Boston-area libraries. For InterLibrary Loan, put the Accession no. (at the bottom of the record) in the Interlibrary Loan Request form.
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. Hit the FindIt@Harvard button for an Interlibrary Loan request. Many state library and city library catalogs offer Author browses and often collections of digitized documents
HathiTrust Digital Library. Each full text item is linked to a standard library catalog record, thus providing good metadata and subject terms. The catalog can be searched separately. Although most post-1923 items are not full text viewable, many government documents are full text viewable. Search the city or state name as Author. For city names add the proper state abbreviation (Chicago, Ill).
Go to Online Services, then Browse Collections. A rich source of legislative and judicial documents
State List: The Electronic Source of State Publications. Coverage varies by state, generally 1990s- .
Monthly checklist of state publications (Title varies), 1910-1994). Library of Congress.
Documents (Lamont) | Harvard Depository | US Doc 5002.20
Searchable in HathiTrust Advanced Full Text search. Put Monthly checklist of state publications as Exact phrase in Title field and your keywords in Full Text field, adjust date limits. This works best when you have a particular proper name to search, as you cannot limit by state.
Index of economic material in documents of the states of the United States. [various dates, 1787-1904], by Adelaide R. Hasse. Washington: Carnegie institution of Washington, 1907 (Carnegie Institution of Washington publication 85).
Find paper copies in HOLLIS by searching: "Index of economic material in documents" (in "")
HathiTrust online version. Search the phrase (in “”) “Index of economic material in documents of the states of the United States” in Catalog search.
--California - Delaware - Illinois - Kentucky - Maine - Massachusetts - New Hampshire - New Jersey - New York - Ohio - Pennsylvania - Rhode Island - Vermont.
--This valuable source covers many topics.
Analysis and index of all reports issued by bureaus of labor statistics in the United States prior to November 1, 1892, prepared under the direction of Carroll D. Wright, commissioner of labor, for the use of the U.S. Department of Labor. Special report of the Commissioner of Labor ; 3rd, 1893, 376 pp.
Index of all reports issued by Bureaus of Labor Statistics in the United States, prior to March 1, 1902 / prepared under the direction of Carroll D. Wright ; for the use of the United States Department of Labor. Washington : G.P.O., 1902, 287 p.
Look for specialized subject bibliographies in the HOLLIS Catalog: Search, for example, <"government publications" Chicago bibliography> as a Subject Keyword search.. The term Bibliography MUST be searched as a Subject keyword: Change Limit to: anywhere to Limit to: subject.
Books describing state documents can be useful. Search in HOLLIS/WorldCat: State government publications -- United States -- Bibliography.
Index to Current Urban Documents, 1972-1992
Tufts has the online version.
The overlapping lists in these four websites provide access to local digital collections:
- State Digital Resources: Memory Projects, Online Encyclopedias, Historical & Cultural Materials Collections
- Digital Libraries by State or Region
- 250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives
In Hathitrust catalog search you can search keywords: police report, and Limit To: Full view only. On the left side of the Results page, you can limit to Place of Publication: United States. Be careful with date limitations. If you want a report for 1950, the report series may have started in, say, 1923, and 1923 will be the date on the HathiTrust record.
City documents not at Harvard can be requested via Interlibrary Loan. Often the best source is the local state or city library catalog. Finding city documents not at Harvard can be complicated, so ask me if this comes up.
Public documents of Massachusetts
State Library of Massachusetts has a vast collection of digitized documents in its DSpace collection.
Documents are arranged by number (examples):
- Board of Charity 17
- District Police reports: 32
- Board of police for Fall River (1895- ) 58
- Board of police for Boston 49
- Annual reports concerning prison labor 41
- Commissioners of Prisons 13
Others are listed in:
Catalogue of annual reports contained in the Massachusetts public documents; also of special reports and papers for 1898-1899. Prepared by the Massachusetts Library Club and issued by the Massachusetts State Library. Boston, A.L.A. Publishing Board, 1901.
Google Books version
Documents submitted to the General Court. Boston : s.n., -1857 (Boston : William White, Printer to the State) (We have 1846-1856)
(General Court is the legislature)
Index and guide to Massachusetts State legislative documents, 1802-1882. Compiled by Francis X. Blouin, Jr. Boston, Massachusetts State Library, 1972, 186 l.
Index to Massachusetts legislative documents, 1883-1899, by Leonard Adams. Amherst, Mass. : University Library, University of Massachusetts, 1994, 214 p.
Oscar Handlin offers a valuable overview of Boston documents on pp. p. 297-362 in:
Boston’s immigrants, 1790-1880 : a study in acculturation. Rev. and enl. ed., 50th anniversary ed. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1991, xvii, 382 p.
HOLLIS Record 1991 ed.
HOLLIS Record 1979 rev. ed.
HOLLIS Record 1959 rev. ed.
And also use the index
Boston City documents – Index 1834-1886
A HOLLIS+ search on "Documents of the City of Boston" yields much additional material, as does a HathiTrust catalog search on Author: Boston and Keyword: Documents.