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  • Great Britain
  • United States

Great Britain

Confidential Print: North America, 1824-1961 

  • Produced by the British Government's Foreign and Colonial Offices since c.1820
  • Note that materials vary in size: some are one-page letters or telegrams, others are large volumes or texts of treaties
  • All items marked Confidential Print were printed and circulated immediately to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet, and to Heads of British missions abroad

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (British) 

  • Among the richest and most detailed primary sources for the history of the 19th century; vital to the historical record of 19th century Britain, its colonies, and the wider world
  • HCPP combines searchable full-text for the 19th century’s 79,527 parliamentary papers with the most comprehensive and detailed access tool available for this material: Chadwyck-Healey's Subject Catalogue of the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, 1801-1900, by Peter Cockton

United States

American State Papers 1789 - 1838 

  • The American State Papers, comprising a total of 38 physical volumes, contain the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838
  • The collection includes documents that cover the critical historical gap from 1789 to the printing of the first volume of the U.S. Serial Set in 1817


British historical statistics 

  • HA1134 .M58 1988
  • A standard reference book that gives the major economic and social statistical series for the British Isles from the earliest available, in the twelfth century, to 1980-81

Historical Statistics of Canada 

  • This volume contains about 1,088 statistical tables on the social, economic and institutional conditions of Canada from the start of the Confederation in 1867 to the mid-1970s

Historical Statistics of the United States 

  • The standard source for the quantitative facts of American history