Friday, July 9, 2010

US Fish & Fisheries Commission Annual Reports

Question: I am interested in researching the annual reports from the Commission of Fish and Fisheries from 1880 through the 1890's. According to the records of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, NARA has them in microfiche. How can I get the information for my research?

Answer: In this case, you will not need the microfiche because the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has posted the annual reports of the United States Fish and Fisheries Commission (AKA United States Fish Commission) online at http://docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/cof/data_rescue_fish_commission_annual_reports.html. These reports cover the date range of 1871 - 1979 with some gaps in between. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the PDF files.

2 comments:

rabbit said...

The complete records of the Commission are also preserved in the National Archives here in the DC area. We have discovered wonderful collections of photographs and records of fisheries during that period. I'm trying to determine how to scan and make them more available - jim.mccallum@noaa.gov

Sheri Somerville said...

The patron only needed the years posted online, but I am so glad to hear about the full collection at NARA and your efforts to digitize the materials.