Government Information: Spotlight on Past Displays


Humboldt State University became a congressionally designated selective federal depository in 1963, but the collection can date back to the 1860s. On behalf of our 50th year anniversary as a federal depository, the Government Documents department would like to take the opportunity to share with you some of the interesting and useful documents that we hold.


In honor of the upcoming International Women's Day the Government Documents Department would like to acknowledge the numerous women that play significant roles within today's politics and government. At both a national and international level, they are all inspirational figures who exemplify how far women have come; from the beginning of the American Women's Rights Movement in 1848 when the first women's right convention was held at Seneca Falls in New York, to the 19th amendment in 1920 granting women the right to vote, to present day iconological female leaders.


Earth Day, observed for the first time in 1970, in San Francisco, is now celebrated in more than 175 countries each year. April 22nd is the "official" Earth Day, but why not observe Earth Day, every day? With these U.S. Documents you can learn more about how to save energy, how to plant a tree, and eco-friendly careers.


The California State Documents collection contains maps, brochures, and other information to help you enjoy your state!


Furloughs were expected to save $1.66 billion in general funds, but in many cases, the savings are temporary at best and will actually increase expenses in the future.


California State Parks contains the largest and most diverse natural and cultural heritage holding of any state agency in the nation. They encompass, 278 parks and 1.4 million acres, 280 miles of coastline and 625 miles of river and lake frontage, 3,000 miles of biking hiking and equestrian trails and 15,000 campsites (1). They are a low-cost recreation option for millions of visitors each year and provide an important historical and natural resource for parents and teachers to engage children with the natural environment and immerse them in California’s rich history. California parks also play a vital role in the protection of natural resources. Sadly, the services provided by California’s State Parks are under threat by a proposal that would shut most of them down.


Volunteering is a positive way to make a difference in the World. By donating your time to help others you will make new friends, gain self confidence, increase social awareness, build a sense of independence, learn through service and enjoy better health.

To comprehend the vast plethora of art in this diverse country, and to fully grasp the collective creative temperament of the times, it is helpful to understand how the very infrastructure of this nation regards, reacts to, and supports its artists and their work. Take a browse through the stacks to see art, as it is defined, appreciated and used by the United States Government.


Most Americans know that July 4th is our nation's birthday. Far fewer Americans know that September 17th is the birthday of our government, the date in 1787 on which delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution.

According to the National Academy of Sciences, the Earth's surface temperature has risen by about 1 degree Fahrenheit in the past century, with accelerated warming during the past two decades. There is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities.


The United States Capitol is recognized around the world both as a symbol of our country and for the momentous events that have taken place there. However, the building's interior is far less well known. Visitors are often surprised by the Capitol's stunning architectural details and the impressive art complementing the interior spaces as they discover the building not only a home of the Congress but also a museum and gallery of fine art.


The many agencies in the State of California continually put out a wealth of information on a wide variety of topics, such as education, history, energy, agriculture and ecology. This display is here to introduce everyone to what California has to offer and as a Federal Depository Library, we are recieving these valuable and resourceful documents for your interest.


Our lives have all changed in some way as a result of the tragedy of the attack of September 11, 2001. We have seen the courage of America, the bravery of the victims, the heroism of the first responders and the compassion of people. We have seen this compassion in the form of generous donations and service, we have seen how a community and a nation can come together, we should be proud and remember.


You may have suspected that the United States Department of Education publishes many documents on the state of education in the US, but did you know that they also publish materials to help teachers plan curriculum and items for teachers to use in the classroom?


The Government Documents department of many libraries contains a wealth of information on almost every topic. Of course you can find Census material, laws, environmental reports, and presidential papers, but the government also publishes information on arts, literature and culture.