Government Documents


Monday, January 21st, is Martin Luther King, Jr Day.  By an act of Congress, it is celebrated on the third Monday of January each year, near the time of Dr. King's birthday on January 15th. It commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a reverend and civil rights activist who lead the African-American civil rights movement in the United States. He is best known for his inspirational "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered at the March on Washington in 1963. His birthday was established as a national holiday in 1986, but was not celebrated in all 50 states until 2000.  For resources on this event available through government information see our LibGuide:

Gov Docs: Martin Luther King, Jr


An new year is upon us.  A time to take stock of our lives, look at where we want to go, and who we want to be.  One way society has used to take note of this is by making New Year's Resolutions.  The top 5 traditional resolutions are:  a) Lose weight, b) Exercise more, c) Save money, d) Quit smoking, and e) Drink less.  For government information to help you reach your goals, check out the display on 2nd Floor South of Marx Library.


 On Dec. 31, 2018 President Donald Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  Various different agencies within the federal government are actively engage in the prevention of this international problem.   One campaign in particular is the Blue Campaign promoted by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.  This agency has declared that January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  In recognition of this important day, the Blue Campaign is promoting #WearBlueDay to raise awareness of human trafficking.  To participate, take photos of yourself, friends, family and colleagues wearing blue clothing and share them on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - along with the #WearBlueDay hashtag.   For more information about the prevention of human trafficking see the display in the Government Documents Department.


 Historic preservation is a way of viewing our past with a look to our future, by preserving America's significant cultural heritage for future generations.  Several federal agencies, such as the National Park Service, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, have been instrumental in designating significant historical sites and creating helpful resources on how to preserve the physical buildings.  Several of these resources are on display in the department.  Learn what historic preservation is, find out how to take action, and find educational resources by examining the several federal web sites and resources in the companion bibliography Historic Preservation: Preserving America One Building at a Time.