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Government Information at Vassar

U.S. Federal Documents

Vassar College has been part of the Federal Depository Library Program since 1943. We receive 30% of publications from various agencies distributed through the program. Our collection strengths are women, labor, international relations, U.S. demographics, legislation, foreign relations, education, and public policy. Materials come in a variety of formats including print volumes; microfilm and microfiche; CD/DVD/Videocassette; and online.

The majority of our government documents collection is located in the basement of the Thompson Memorial Library in Stack 1, with a significant number of materials found in other locations throughout the stacks. A number of older government publications are stored in the ANNEX and can be requested for use.

You can search for government documents by SuDoc Number, keyword, subject, author, publishing agency or department in Vassar Library Search

Related research guide

U.S. Federal Government Publications Research Guide

State and local documents

Vassar College maintains limited holdings of New York State and Dutchess County government documents.

New York State

  • Search by document title, department or agency in Vassar Library Search to find print holdings in the collection, databases, and links to documents online connect to print holdings and links to NYS The easiest way to locate New York State documents is to search the phrase in Vassar Library Search.
  • The New York State Library (NYSL) provides NY state government information, including a selection of digitized New York State Government Documents, finding aids, a list of New York State agencies, and information on how to search NYS documents available through the NYSL website and NYSL online catalog
  • Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 has digitized a selection of historical New York State Documents.
  • HathiTrust is also a source for pre-1930s New York State Documents.

Dutchess County

The Vassar College library collection includes a small number of historical Dutchess County documents in Special Collections and in the general collection. The easiest way to search for Dutchess County documents is by agency or department name.