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US Government Information in the Study of History

describes historically significant documents in the Library's collection, and important web sources for history

Online: Major Sites for Social/Labor History

Civil Rights/Human Rights:

NOTE: Census Bureau websites contain a great deal of statistical and other material useful in the study of history. For information on these sites, see our guides to Census Bureau Information.

Criminal Justice and Law:





In the Library: Major Reference Sources

NOTE that the Library ceased receiving new tangible government documents in Spring, 2016, and withdrew large numbers of tangible documents during the previous year.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Bulletins. L 2.3:  . Statistical and other information on the labor force, prices, working conditions, etc. The Library has a few older numbers from the 1920's and 1930's but the bulk of the collection begins in the 1960's. They are no longer being received in printed form, but they are available online from the BLS. FRASER also has a collection of historical bulletins.

Crime in the United States. J 1.14/7: . 1960- . Statistics on crimes and law enforcement based on arrest records. Available online from the FBI for 1995 to the present.

Employment, Hours and Earnings. L 2.3:2454. Detailed statistics by industry back to 1909. Other volumes in the BLS bulletins series (L 2.3: ) deal with different time periods.

Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor. L 29.18:  . Information on labor conditions and legal systems in various countries.

Handbook of Labor Statistics (volumes for 1929, 1931: L 2.3:491, 541; 1967-1985: L 2.3/5: ). The old volumes in this standard statistical compendium contain contain analysis and reports in addition to tables of data. The newer editions provide statistics only.

Historical Statistics of the U.S.: Colonial Times to 1970. C 3.134/2:H 62/ . Time series, mostly annual, providing a statistical history of U.S. social, economic, political and geographic development. Data is given by nation, states and selected cities. The edition to 1970 is for reference use in the Library only, but there are earlier editions (to 1945 and 1957) which circulate, and an online version is available from the Internet Archive.

Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965. D 114.2:IN 8. 1981. The Army's Center of Military History provides this history of the integration of a major institution during and after World War II.

Job Patterns for Minorities and Women in Private Industry. Y 3. EQ 2/12-7:  . Statistics on race, ethnic group, salaries and types of employment. The Library no longer holds tangible copies of these reports, but volumes back to 1998 are available online from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Labor Force Statistics Derived from the Current Population Survey, 1948-87. L 2.3:2307. Compilation of monthly, quarterly and yearly statistics from various labor force series of the CPS. There are numerous cross-tabulations by age, educational level, sex, marital status, etc.

Papers on U.S. Immigration History. Y 3.Im 6/2:2 Im 6/app. 1981. Published with reports of the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy. Volumes of background studies cover refugees, legal and illegal immigration, temporary workers, etc.

Working Women; a Chartbook. L 2.3:2385. Charts, tables and some narrative covering the period 1960-90.