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Historical Government Documents

Reports and Documents of Congress

American State Papers (1789-1838) & US Serial Set (1817 – current) – A collection of reports and documents used in the formation of policy by Congress.   Reports from the executive agencies also have appeared in the publication at varying degrees of over time. 

Debates of Congress

The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824) - Mostly paraphrased information gathered from newspapers and other publications

Register of Debates (1824-1837) – Published contemporaneously to provide a “summary of leading debates and incidents”

Congressional Globe (1833 – 1873) – Provided a condensed report of the debates until 1851, then became a more verbatim account

Congressional Record (1873 – current) – Verbatim account of debates, though members of congress often amend and append there remarks between speaking and publication

  • Collins Library Holdings (1878-1993) - second floor outside of room 218


Statutes at Large – session laws and treaties for each congress

  • Collins Library (AE 2.111:)


 Letters of the Delegates to Congress (1774-1789)

  • Collins Library (LC 1.34)