The Department of Commerce promotes the Nation's domestic and international trade, economic growth, and technological advancement by fostering a globally competitive free enterprise system, supporting fair trade practices, compiling social and economic statistics, protecting Earth's physical and oceanic resources, granting patents and registering trademarks, and providing assistance to small and minority-owned businesses.
The Department was designated as such by act of March 4, 1913 (15 U.S.C. 1501), which reorganized the Department of Commerce and Labor, created by act of February 14, 1903 (15 U.S.C. 1501), by transferring all labor activities into a new, separate Department of Labor.
Government Documents provides access to an extensive collection of Commerce and subagency publications beginning with an 'C' Call Number. Highlights include:
C 3: Bureau of the Census
C 13: National Institute of Standards and Technology
C 21: Patent and Trademark Office
C 46: Economic Development Administration
C 55: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Includes National Weather Service, National Climatic Data Center,
National Marine Fisheries Service, National Ocean Service
C 59: Bureau of Economic Analysis
C 61: International Trade Administration