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Government Documents - Department of Commerce: Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce

Guide to Department of Commerce and its subsidiary agencies. Our holdings cover a wide range of topics including trade, demographics, climate, fisheries, marine science, and many others.

The Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce was created in 1912. Its purpose was to promote U.S. trade and industry by publishing statistical and other information on foreign and domestic markets and manufacturing. Some of its functions were previously handled by the Bureau of Manufacturers, which merged with the Bureau of Statistics to form the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce. It was abolished in 1953 and its functions were transferred to various other Commerce agencies, including the Bureau of Foreign Commerce and the Bureau of Domestic Commerce.

Government Documents holds many Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce publications, including the following series:

Special consular reports (C 18.9:) Reports on industries and other aspects of foreign countries, such as transportation networks.

Consular reports (C 18.5:) Reports on trade opportunities, industries, and markets for many products and countries. Sample titles: "American pianos wanted in Brazil"; "Waste sugar cane (Hawaii)"

Trade information bulletins (C 18.25:) These reports discuss trade conditions and industries in various countries.

Industrial reference service (C 34.10:)

Foreign commerce weekly (C 42.8:)

Most publications are kept in closed shelves due to their fragile condition, so please ask for assistance.

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.

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