Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Established by Congress in the mid 1800s and managed by the Government Publishing Office since 1895, the Federal Depository Library Program has collected, organized, and preserved information produced by all parts of the Federal government, distributed this information to designated libraries across the country, and assisted people in locating and using it.
The mission of Federal depository libraries is to provide local, free access to information from the Federal government in an impartial environment. Federal depository libraries select materials from lists of subjects provided by the Government Publishing Office. The depository library must then provide the public with free and uninhibited access to these selected materials.
Federal depository collections are available for use by everyone. Documents in print and electronic formats are available on a wide range of topics relevant to the general public and to professionals, researchers, and students in a variety of fields. Selections for inclusion into the collections of individual depository libraries are made according to the needs of each library’s users.
The U.S. Department of the Interior Library collects transcripts of House and Senate hearings, committee prints, and other Congressional materials. The library also collects titles produced by executive agencies on science and technology, nature and wildlife, geology, energy, the environment, Native Americans, and much more.
Currently, the U.S. Department of the Interior Library selects over 600 separate item types (or item numbers) from the Federal Depository Library Program for inclusion in the Library's collections.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) is the finding tool for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government. These publications make up the National Bibliography of U.S. Government Publications. The CGP contains descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online.
More than 500,000 records generated since July 1976 are contained in the CGP and it is updated daily. The catalog will grow to include records for publications dating back to the late 1800s, making the CGP the central point for locating new and historical Government publications.
The CGP was originally the online counterpart of the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications, which had been printed since the passage of the Printing Act of 1895. The print version of the Monthly Catalog was discontinued with the December 2004 issue.
For publications issued prior to 1976, the printed Monthly Catalog should be consulted. Print editions of the Monthly Catalog and many of the publications indexed in it may be available at the larger depository libraries.
Direct links to online versions of publications from the cataloging record
"Locate a Library" feature within each record to find a nearby Federal depository where a particular publication or expert assistance can be found
Robust search engine
Basic, Advanced, and Expert search options
Searches can be narrowed to specific collections or formats, such as maps, Congressional, or Internet publications
Search results or selected records can be e-mailed
Locating Other Federal Depository Libraries
Everyone is welcome to visit Federal depository libraries and use their collections. Federal depository libraries are located in nearly every U.S. Congressional district. Altogether, there are almost 1,350 sites across the United States and its territories.
The Government Publishing Office has designated some Federal publications as belonging to the Federal Depository Library Program's Basic Collection. Publications included in the Basic Collection are vital sources of information that support the public's right to know about the workings and essential activities of their Federal Government. All titles in the Basic Collection are available online, and some are available in print in the Interior Library.
Congressional Research Service Reports (University of North Texas Libraries) - The Congressional Research Service is the public policy research arm of Congress. Reports were downloaded from a variety of web sites that host CRS reports, either currently or in the past. Many CRS reports are updated on a regular basis, and this site includes all versions of the reports that could be located.
Documents Data Miner 2 - Use this search engine to find out which depository libraries have selected publications of interest to you. It combines files from the latest version of the List of Classes of United States Government Publications available for Selection by Depository Libraries, the Item Lister’s Current Item Number Selection Profiles for Depository Libraries, and the Federal Depositories Library Directory. Available information on inactive and discontinued items has been added to the database.
Historical Census Browser - Developed and maintained by the University of Virginia Geospatial and Statistical Data Center. On this site you can examine state and county topics for individual census years (1790-1960), examine state and county topics over time, and produce tables, sort data, create ratios, and generate maps.