Leviathan: Background Resources

The 2014 CRL Global Resources Collections Forum was planned as an extended discussion of the challenges and opportunities arising from the changes the digital revolution has wrought in how government information is produced, distributed, and preserved.  The reports and documents cited here are recommended as background reading for attendees at the Forum.

Background papers

Governments and the Digital Record: the Historian's Perspective. Report on a Panel Discussion on Government Information and Societal Memory Convened by the American Historical Association, January 2014. Center for Research Libraries, March 27, 2014.

James A. Jacobs, Born-Digital U.S. Federal Government Information: Preservation and Access, March 2014. Prepared for Leviathan, the Center for Research Libraries Global Resources Collections Forum.

Additional reading


David J. Craig, "The Ghost Files," Columbia Magazine, Winter 2013-14. Profiles Leviathan speaker Matthew Connelly’s research on U.S. government declassification policies

Wendy Ginsberg, Retaining and Preserving Federal Records in a Digital Environment: Background and Issues for Congress, CRS Report R43165. (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, Research Service, July 26, 2012), accessed December 9, 2013, https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43165.pdf

R. Eric Petersen, Jennifer E. Manning and Christina M. Bailey, Federal Depository Library Program: Issues for Congress, CRS Report R42457 (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, Research Service, March 29, 2012), accessed December 9, 2013, http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42457.pdf.

“The Evolving Supply Chain for Government-Produced Information” FOCUS  on Global Resources  Fall 2013 (volume 33, number 4). Summary of  a recent CRL webinar and Charleston session; also suggestions for a new cooperative strategy.

CRL topic guides






The Impact of CRL

Stories illustrating CRL’s impact on research, teaching, collection building and preservation.

Documenting the Legal Record of Precarious Regimes

CRL’s Official Gazettes and Civil Society Documentation website offers published versions of new laws, legislative debates, and court decisions from at-risk regimes.

Excavating Attitudes on Opium Prohibition from Colonial Records

British Colonial Office records held by CRL reveal the dynamics of a robust opium trade in Southeast Asia in the late 19th and early 20th century.