Guide to the Research Collections
The library has always been a federal depository library; its collection of United States federal documents is, therefore, extremely rich. It is also a depository for New York, California, and Washington state publications; it holds most of the state publications of New Jersey, and also regularly receives the publications of other states.
The library's holdings of serial sets of congressional documents and departmental series are complete, insofar as this material has been distributed. Federal legislative proceedings, laws, treaty series, etc. are generally complete. The library secures and preserves the printed bills of Congress, commencing with the set of the 52nd Congress (1891-92). Related materials include extensive holdings of the printed public documents from England, France, and other countries during their period of territorial interest in North America.
Materials in the Rare Book Division are extensive, including a collection of original documents of the first fourteen Congresses (1789-1817) and a good representation of Confederate documents.