The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) originated with the U.S. Commission on Fish and Fisheries, established in 1871, and the Bureau of Biological Survey, part of the Department of Agriculture. The Bureau of Fisheries was later established under the Department of Commerce. The bureaus of Fisheries and Biological Survey were later moved to the Department of the Interior and were merged to form FWS in 1940. Some of the areas under FWS were transferred to the National Marine Fisheries Service upon its establishment in 1970.
Government Documents holds an extensive collection of Bureau of Biological Survey, Bureau of Fisheries, and FWS publications, including the following series:
Circulars (I 49.3:)
Special scientific reports: wildlife (I 49.15/3:)
Fisheries Service bulletins (I 49.22:)
Research report (I 49.26:)
Fishery leaflet (I 49.28:)
Statistical digest (I 49.32:)
Fisheries review (I 49.40/2:)
Resource publication (I 49.66:)
Wildlife leaflets (I 49.13:)
Most pre-1900 publications of the FWS's predecessors, including their Annual reports, are available in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (UHM login required).
Additional documents covering 1910-1932 are available in the Executive Branch Documents microfiche set. Please contact a government documents librarian if you have questions about our holdings.
Use ProQuest Congressional (UHM login required) to search for Congressional hearings and reports about the agency and its activities. We also have a variety of general publications, pamphlets, statistical publications, CD-ROMs, and other FWS materials.
Many of the publications that were formerly issued by the FWS are now handled by the National Marine Fisheries Service, which is part of the Department of Commerce.