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Government Documents - Department of the Interior: Territories/Insular Affairs

Describes the various agencies under Interior and our holdings of their publications. Topics include public lands, geology, dams, fish and wildlife, national parks and monuments, mining, American Indians, offshore drilling, and related areas.

About the agency

The Office of Territories was established in 1950 to administer the U.S. territories outside of the contiguous U.S. It ceased to exist in 1971 and its functions were transferred to the Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs.

Prior to the establishment of the Office of Territories, insular affairs were handled by the War Department's Bureau of Insular Affairs and the Division of Territories and Island Possessions in the Department of the Interior.

Our holdings

Government Documents holds a partial collection of Office of Territories publications, including the following series:

Annual reports of the Governor of Hawai`i, the Governor of Guam, the Governor of Puerto Rico, and the Governor of American Samoa

Reports to the United Nations about Hawai`i, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Alaska, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa.

We also have a few publications about the Canton Islands and Dominican Customs Receivership.

Publications relating to Hawai`i, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and American Samoa are also available in the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections. Prior to 1950, publications about the territories were issued by the War Department's Bureau of Insular Affairs and the Division of Territories and Possessions in the Department of the Interior.

Subject Guide

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