Publications printed by or with the authority of governmental agencies or departments. They may be books, pamphlets, periodicals, posters, maps, or electronic products. Many have general appeal, such as consumer issues, education, statistics, geology, health, and history. Others are technical research reports and legal documents such as laws, hearings and regulations. Vanderbilt University Libraries is a Federal Depository.
These databases contain records from the legislative branches of goverment.
Due to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation has released files that have historical value. The electronic reading room is called The Vault.
Below is a sampling of some files that were kept during the 1960s on well-known and lesser known historical figures and groups:
Malcolm (Little) X. Online FBI File. Malcom X was the Minister of the Nation of Islam up to March 1964.
Clarence 13X Smith. Online FBI File. Smith was the leader of the "Five Percenters," a notorious Harlem street gang. He was shot to death in 1969.
Below are some examples of Congressional Hearings:
United States. Cong. House. U.S. Committee on Crime. American Prisons in Turmoil (Part 1). Hearing. 92nd Cong., 1st session. Washington: Government Printing Office. Lexis-Nexis Congressional Hearings. Online.
United States. Cong. House. U.S. Committee on Education and Labor. Adhoc Subcommitte on De Facto School Segregation. Books for Schools and the Treatment of Minorities. Hearing. 89th Cong., 2nd session. Washington: Government Printing Office. Lexis-Nexis Congressional Hearings. Online.