Government Information: International and Foreign
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 10:56.
How can I find reports and documents made by and for the British Parliament in the 19th Century? I've only seen 20th Century Parliamentary Papers shelved in British Documents in Green Library.
You can find the 19th and 20th Century British Parliamentary Papers by linking from the the databases page to the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers. Soon, we should have access to the 18th C PP as well.
Stanford also has micofiche for the British Parliament or "Sessional" Papers, housed in the Jonsson Library of Government Documents (MFICHE 446). The CDROM index to the microfiche is in the Information Center (CD-ROM Station No. 2 behind the Information Center desk), and the print version, Parliamentary Papers Guide to the Microfiche Edition (Z2019.C62), is housed in Social Science Resource Center (SSRC) in Green Library's Bing Wing. Also, Subject Catalogue to the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, 1801-1900 (Z2019.C63 Vol. 1-5) is available in the Social Sciences Resource Center.
If you need to pin down an obscure citation, check the following indexes (housed in SSRC):
Language like "Report to Parliament," or "Command," "Sessional," or "Parliamentary" Papers means that the source is probably available in one of our Parliamentary or Sessional Papers collections.
For most purposes, "Sessional," "Command," and "Parliamentary" all mean the same thing when applied to British governmental reports and documents used by Parliament. Here is an official set of definitions:
In Stanford's collection, "Parliamentary Papers" includes Sessional and Command Papers. The "Debates" are a separate set of volumes, shelved in British Documents after the PP.