Digitized Federal Register Volumes, 1990-1994

News January 11, 2017 - GPO and NARA provide first time public access to electronic versions of digitized historical content

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), in partnership with the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR), have released digitized versions of historic issues of the Federal Register for 1990-1994, adding to the born-digital Federal Register documents from Volumes 59 (1994) to the present already available on govinfo.

Following this release, GPO and NARA will be making available digitized versions of 14,587 individual issues, dating back to the first issue published in 1936.

The 1990s era of Federal Registers cover the Administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and include such highlights as:

  • Nutrition Labeling Regulations
  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife/Plants Regulations
  • FEMA notices on changes to Hotel/Motel Fire Safety Act
  • 1991 Federal employee reported gifts from foreign Governments

Published by NARA's Office of the Federal Register, the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. GPO continues to publish the daily Federal Register in print and digitally on govinfo.

Searching the Digitized Federal Register

The historic, digitized issues (Volume 59 and earlier) are being added to the current Federal Register collection. However, there are several differences between how you can access the digitized issues and how you can access the more recent issues:

  • Digitized Federal Register issues are available for full-text searching. Some metadata fields can be used to craft specific searches using the basic or advanced search. Searchable metadata fields for the digitized issues (Volume 59 and earlier) are: Full-Text, Branch, Category, Dates, Government Author, Issue, SuDoc Class Number, Title, and Volume. Additional fields are available for searching the more recent volumes.
  • Digitized Federal Register issues (Volume 59 and earlier) are available to browse and download at the issue level while the more recent issues are available at the article level.
  • Digitized Federal Register issues (Volume 59 and earlier) are searchable using the citation search feature.

Learn more about the Federal Register and how to find information in the Federal Register on govinfo.