National History Day© (NHD) is a non-profit education organization established in 1974, that provides educational programs helping students and teachers influence the future through discovery of the past. The National History Day© Contest is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for 6th to12th-grade students. The experience ends with a series of contests at the local and affiliate levels and an annual national competition in the nation's capital in June. The 2021-2022 historical theme is “Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.” Students select topics related to the annual theme, examine the historical importance, and create a presentation. (Source: National History Day© )
GPO's govinfo provides access to a wealth of official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government to assist students and educators with their project research. In addition to viewing the resources linked on this page, be sure to:
- Check out What’s Available to see publications by collection and examples of content, and
- Head to the Tutorials and Handouts page for information that will help guide students through the search process.
Samples of Content on govinfo Related to This Year's Theme
United States Congressional Serial Set - The United States Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, is a compilation of all numbered House and Senate reports and documents, including executive reports and treaty documents, issued for each session of Congress. Documenting events of the U.S. Congress over the years, the Serial Set is one of the Nation’s most treasured publications. The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), in collaboration with the Law Library of Congress, has started a large multi-year effort to digitize and make accessible volumes of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set back to the first volume, which was published in 1817. Below are some of the Serial Set topic browses on govinfo related to this year’s theme.
- Topic: Treaties
- Topic: Treaties – Ratification
- Topic: Debates and Debating
- Topic: Diplomacy
- Topic: Diplomatic and Consular Service
- Topic: Diplomatic Documents
- Topic: Diplomatic Etiquette
- Topic: Diplomatic Gifts
- Topic: Diplomatic Protests
- Topic: Diplomatic Relations
- Topic: Diplomats
Senate Executive Documents/Senate Treaty Documents - Senate Executive Documents are reports made to the Senate by the executive branch and in 1981 they became known as Senate Treaty Documents. These documents contain the full text of treaties.
Kappler’s Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties - Compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, this historically significant, seven volume compilation contains U.S. treaties, laws and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes.
Congressional Record (Daily) - The official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session.
Congressional Record (Bound) - At the end of each session of Congress, all of the daily Congressional Record editions are collected, re-paginated, and re-indexed into a permanent, bound edition.
Journal of the House of Representatives - The official record of proceedings of each legislative day in the House of Representatives.
Journal of the Senate of the United States - The official record of proceedings of the Senate of the United States, and is published pursuant to the Constitution of the United States (Art. I, Sec. 5) under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate.
Public Papers of the President - Each Public Papers volume contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States that were issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period.
Compilation of Presidential Documents - This collection is composed of the daily compilation of Presidential documents. It includes such material as proclamations, speeches, and press conferences to name a few.