Web Resources

Local, State, and Federal Government Portals:

Town of Maynard - Official Website 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Official Website

State Links:

The mission of the state archives is to preserve and make accessible the important records of government.  The collection contains items dating from the modern era back to the 1500's.

Look up a legislator, read state laws and bills, review current and proposed state budgets, find the state constitution, and more.

Federal Links:

An archive containing more than 100,000 documents pertaining to the study of the US presidency.  Curated by University of California, Santa Barbara.

Look up brief biographical information on US Congressmen and women.

Browse for historical documents relevant to the US.  Documents are organized by date, starting with the Magna Carta up to the current president's State of the Union addresses.  Curated by the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Find official, electronic copies of documents produced by the US federal government.

Find electronic copies of "core" US documents such as the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation, and more.
Online collection of the papers and speeches of the American presidents issued by the Office of the Press Secretary.  Compiled by the University of Michigan.

This Library of Congress website features a wealth of historical documents and information.  A "Special Presentations" section include topics such as the making of the U.S. Constitution, and the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. 

Library Resources

Reference Collection

Almanac of American Politics (Ref 328 Almanac)
The almanac contains a wealth of information on US politics, including profiles and photos of governors and US congressmen and women, and narrative descriptions of the states and congressional districts.  Use this resource to look up campaign expenditures, voting records, census data, district maps, and more.  

Massachusetts Political Almanac (353.9 Massachusetts)
A directory of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the MA state government.  You can use this resource to obtain a brief profile of members of the state government, look up committee assignments, the outcome of key roll call votes, and more.

Provides comprehensive information on the agencies making up the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.  Entries typically include an agency's principals, official purpose, and role in the federal government. 

Circulating Collection

How to find out anything (001.42 MacLeod)
Helpful tips for finding out what you want to know in the Google era.  For writers, researchers and the just plain curious.  Includes information on finding government documents.