Finding Historical Government Documents
Historical research based on government documents is often useful and not too difficult, because the documents are not under copyright. However, the materials are not organized and sometimes hard to find. This document lists some of the sources that I use and the best archives for finding them.
United States Reports: On Hathitrust here. Note that some early editions were republished with star pagination, so try multiple copies of the same volume.
Statutes of the Realm: A good scan is on Hathitrust here.