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  • U.S. Congressional documents and debates from 1774 to 1875.
  • Full-text documents in the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government. The site has a search feature and is organized by century and then alphabetically by the name of the document.
  • A collection of hypertexted primary documents relevant to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government.
  • Legal documents dating from pre-18th Century to the present.
  • Yale University's Project Avalon makes available in digital format full text documents in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. This phenomenal resource includes documents as varied as the ancient Code of Hammurabi, the Communist Manifesto, and the Treaty of Versailles.
  • This site provides access to the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress.
  • Full-text, historical documents dating back to pre-colonial times.
  • A database of House and Senate Documents, Senate Executive Documents, and Senate Treaty Documents beginning with the 104th Congress (1995-1996).
  • Links to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated. They shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries (and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social and cultural history). The order of documents is chronological wherever possible.
  • A portal to federal documents, organized by agency and subject.
  • A compilation of online primaryresources regarding Iraq which concentrates on government documents and information. The bulk of the resources are from the United States, but there are international entries as well.
  • This site from George Washington University includes declassified U.S. documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
  • The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) offers links to two staffmonographs that provide much more detailed treatment of two important subjects covered by the Commissions statutory mandate: terrorist financing and immigration, border security, and terrorist travel.
  • The Commissions Final Report provides a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks.
  • Millions of documentary treasures spanning a century of life in America.