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Congressional and Legislative Tracking: US Congressional Serial Set

What is the Serial Set?

It is one of the most important sources of primary research material for American history and the social sciences.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set
- a continuing series of over 14,000 volumes of reports, documents, and journals
- from the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from the 15th Congress forward
- including administrative reports, annual reports of agencies, internal manuals, special reports, and congressional directories
- maps and illustrationsdocuments dealing with history of political, military, ethnic and cultural, genealogical, explorations, international relations, and commerce-industrial development.

American State Papers
- are considered part of the Serial Set (although compiled retrospectively).

Serial Set Holdings

Serial Set

Tutt Basement, main stacks and Encloded area
1817–present, incomplete holdings

  • Ask at the Reference Desk for volumes in the Docs Enclosed area.
  • volumes 1-268 available on micro-card
    • ask at the Reference Desk to retrieve from Docs Enclosed
    • use Tutt North 2nd Floor reader back by Periodicals Office – not in microforms area
  • #5200- are in Docs stacks, SuDoc X

(US Serial Set serial numbers not used)

American State Papers

Docs Enclosed
1st-14th Congresses, 1789-1838

Indexes to the Serial Set

These on the on east wall in the Map room in Docs Index 1st Floor South

CIS U.S. Serial Set Index, KF12.C57 1975
  • multi-volume print index may be searched by subject/name or by document number in chronologically arranged volumes.

Congressional Universe, (online CC and library use only)

  • indexes the American State Papers and the Serial Set by subject and keyword, individual names, and organizations; chronological/numerical lists of reports and documents
  • includes carto-bibliography of all maps in the set: choose ‘Advance Search’ and select “Serial Set”

Numerical lists and schedule of volumes of the reports and documents of the … Congress, … session, KF12.N8 1933-42

  • Annual starting with: 73rd Congress, 1933/34
  • used to obtain serial numbers for the Congressional reports and documents

Specific Indexes

Finding Official records volumes in the U.S. serial set, KF12 .F3

  • Summary Tool for finding Civil War sets in the U.S. Serial Set:
    1) the War of the Rebellion : a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies
    2) Official records of the Union and Confederate navies in the War of the Rebellion

Guide to American Indian documents in the Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1899 : a project of the Institute for the Development of Indian Law, D 340.52 J637g

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