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The Cold War

Library and internet resources for research on the Cold War.

Government Documents

Government Documents are one of the many primary sources avaialble to you. Falling into the broad category of anything published or created by a government entity, these cover almost every subject and date from the origins of our country to the present day.

Public Papers of the Presidents

The Public Papers of the Presidents have been published for every president since Herbert Hoover in 1929. The volumes contain a compilation of speeches, press conferences, public messages, etc. Executive orders and proclamations were not regularly included until 1977 (beginning with the Jimmy Carter administration), the sources below include an archive of these documents.

Searching the Web

Federal government agencies currently most more information and publications on their websites than they publish in print. Use Search instead of Google to cut down on non-government results. This search engine includes .gov, .mil, .us and other official government domains for federal, state and local government in the United States.

Congressional Witness Testimony

Use the ProQuest Congressional Database to find transcripts of witness testimony before Congress and to download the full-text of Congressional Hearings. 

Select Advanced Search from the search options:


From the drop down menu, select "Witness Affiliation" (to search for someone testifying from a particular organization) or "Witness" (to search for a particular person).

Declassified Documents

Other Historical Documents

Many Government Documents from the last 20 years and frequently used historical documents can be found in the Libraries Catalog just like other books. We have lots more documents than you'll find in the catalog, dating back to the 1860s. They are located at the off campus Locust Street Library Facility and can be viewed by appointment, or sent by request to Pius Library. Contact Rebecca Hyde for more details. The print resources below can help you identify documents we may have.