ASU Libraries Hidden Treasures: Government Documents


[MUSIC PLAYING] Did you know that
you can find some of the most
interesting and unusual federal, state, and
local materials right here in the Government
Document Service? The federal government has
made more than 200 years worth of documents available to
the public through the Federal Depository Library Program,
which ASU Libraries has been a part of since 1944. Yet much of our collection
goes much further back and has remained an
uncatalogued, hidden treasure, until now. [MUSIC PLAYING] Welcome to ASU Libraries
Hidden Treasuries. I’m Lindsay O’Neill,
government document specialist here at Hayden Library. Here with me is government
information librarian Dan Stanton. Hello. He’s going to tell us
a little bit about some of the more historic
hidden treasures that we have here
in front of us. Sure. There’s a lot of history
in Government Documents, and one of the more
interesting ones is a series called the
“War of the Rebellion.” It’s actually the official
records of the Confederate and Union Armies, and
it’s a 128-volume set that was published
between 1881 and 1901. It’s just a great history
of reports and remembrances of the war. And some additional
volumes of that include some atlases
of the battlefields, going out and showing
positions of both armies. And then there’s also an
interesting 5-volume set about medicine and surgery
during the Civil War. There’s some drawings
in there that are definitely not
for the squeamish. In the early days
of the Republic, we had explorations going
out to different areas west of the Mississippi. And so those were all
military expeditions, but they took
specialists with them that would sketch
things and do surveys. And so we have a number
of exploratory expeditions from John Wesley
Powell’s first trip down through the Grand Canyon,
Commodore Perry’s first visit to the nation of Japan,
when he opened up– Is he the same one that
went to the North Pole? That’s a different Perry. Darn. Yeah. But we do have expedition
to the North Pole as well. Speaking of historic
materials, we also have a comprehensive Arizona
State and Local Collection. Right here in front
of us, we’ve got a volume of the Arizona
Highways Magazine plus a couple of
publications here. Can you tell us about
this set right there? Sure. One of the more interesting
Arizona State publications is, of course, Arizona Highways. And it was begun in the 1920s
as a newsletter for the State Highway Department,
and they also included a little bit of
kind of travelogue stories. Our Arizona State
and Local Collection contains a lot of similar
information relating to Arizona Highways about
historic and cultural things, like how the urban explosion
of growth since the 1960s was balanced with preservation
of historic and cultural resources, like, say,
Pueblo Grande that’s located by the Sky
Harbor Airport. A lot of this is really
useful information for maybe urban
planning students or maybe for Native
American researchers because we have a lot of that
primary resource-type material that’s useful to learn how
these decisions were made. But something that a lot
of people don’t know about is that government-funded
research is actually made available for
free to people. So whatever the
government pays for, it’s generally made available to
anyone for general consumption. Is that right? That’s right. And because that is funded
through tax dollars, that information
is made available so that the trajectory of
research can move forward. We have a number of
technical reports. NASA, obviously, does a lot
of research and development in aerospace area
and things like that. These are actually only a tiny
part of what we have to offer, right? That’s right. We have a number of resources. We have resources in print. We have microforms. And currently we get a lot
of electronic resources, a lot of information. And so that’s why we
recommend that folks come up and visit
us or contact us. The collection is open any
time the Hayden Library building is open. You can come Monday through
Friday, 9:00 to 5:00 for expert assistance in
helping you find government information that you may need. And we also provide reference
assistance by email, by phone, and now we’ve also got a
Twitter account as well. We’re at @ASUGovDocs. So you can not only
follow us on Twitter and see what neat
things we have, but you can also contact us, and
we’ll do our best to help you. Thank you for joining us for
another exciting episode of ASU Libraries Hidden Treasures. And we hope to see you in
Government Documents soon. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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