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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Agricultural Productivity Growth in the United States: Measurements, Trends, and Drivers

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,History,Labor/Employment,Statistics

U.S. agricultural output more than doubled between 1948 and 2011, with growth averaging 1.49% per year.  This report looks at the factors behind that growth and whether such growth is expected to continue.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume E-11, Part 1: Documents on Mexico; Central America; and the Caribbean, 1973-1976

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History,Latin America

Covers U.S. diplomatic policy toward this region during the Nixon/Ford administrations.  Part 2 will cover the nations of South America.  From the State Department


Quarterly Release of Newly Digitized Foreign Relations Volumes

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History

Latest release of volumes in the Foreign Relations diplomatic series, formerly available in print, now also available online as part of a public/private partnership.  The latest digitized volumes cover events in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  From the State Department


Community Water Fluoridation: One of CDC’s “10 Great Public Health Achievements of the 20th Century”

Categories: Health/Medical,History,Laws/Regulations

Celebrates the benefits of fluoridation of community water systems in reducing the incidence of tooth decay on the 70th anniversary of the first implementation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Also explains the reasons behind the first revision in fluoride recommendations since 1962.  From the Surgeon General in Public Health Reports


Papers Relating to Foreign Affairs, Accompanying the Annual Message of the President to the Second Session Thirty-Eighth Congress

Categories: Births/Deaths,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History,Presidency

Also known as Assassination of Abraham Lincoln … Appendix to Diplomatic Correspondence of 1865.  Features documents of condolence and sympathy from various countries on the occasion of the death of the president.  A unique volume in the Foreign Relations series.  From the State Department


Governor McAuliffe Announces Preservation of 65 Acres of Civil War Battlefield

Categories: History,Virginia Issues

Announces the action by Civil War Trust and Anheuser-Busch to preserve site of 1862 Battle of Williamsburg where some 70,000 Union and Confederate troops fought in the beginning of the Peninsula Campaign.  From the Office of the Governor


The CIA and Signals Intelligence

Categories: Communism,History,Russia,Spying/Intelligence

A collection of 43 documents which cover efforts of the Central Intelligence Agency to engage in signals intelligence operations, sometimes in competition with other U.S. intelligence agencies such as the National Security Agency, during the Cold War period of history.  From the National Security Archive


Federal Grants to State and Local Governments: A Historical Perspective on Contemporary Issues

Categories: Congress,Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,History

Federal grants account for about one-third of total state funding and more than half of state funding for health care and public assistance.  This report provides a historical synopsis of the evolving nature of the federal grants-in-aid system with a focus on the role that Congress has played in the system’s scope and nature.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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