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Congressional and Legislative Tracking: American Revolution and Consititution 1763-1789

Critical Documents

American Archives, 9 volumes, Docs

  • Documentary history from the beginning through the ratification of the Constitution.
    Incomplete as Congress failed to appropriate adequate funds.
  • Period covered is March 7, 1774 to December 31, 1776.
  • 9 volumes each has its own index

Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the US, 1777-1784. 6 volumes, Docs 

  • The index at the end of volume 6 gives access by subject and personal name.
  • Introductory information in volume 1 is also helpful

Secret Journals of the Acts and Procedures of Congress from the first meeting thereof to the dissolution of the confederation, 4 volumes, Docs 

  • No index – use Poore Docs Index, KF 12.P66 1885
Volume 1 Domestic Affairs 1775-1788
Volume 2 Foreign Affairs 1775-1781
Volume 3 Foreign Affairs 1781-1786
Volume 4 Foreign Affairs 1775-1788


Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1779, 34 volumes, Docs 

  • Index volume is shelved at the end of the series.

Papers of the Continental Congress 1774-1779, Docs Microfiche

  • Shelved at the end of the government microfiche.


Poore, Ben P. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Government Publications of the United States, Sept. 5, 1774 – March 4, 1881. Docs Index, KF 12.P66 1885

  • Subject – use the index in the back of the book.
  • Chronological access is the way the entries are arranged.
  • Most useful as and index to the Secret Journals of the Acts …

Select Documents

Constitution of the United States and Jefferson’s Manual. Docs Serial Set 13213-8, Congressional Universe

Constitution of the United States Annotated. Docs Serial Set 12980-7, Congressional Universe

Treaties, Conventions, International Acts, Protocols, and Agreements Between the United States of America and Other Powers, 1776-1949. 12 volumes, Docs S 9.12/2: 

Documents Illustrative of the Formation of the Union of the American States. Docs Serial Set 8573, Congressional Universe

Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971. Docs Serial Set 12938, Congressional Universe

Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1994-1789. Docs LC 1.34:vol #

Letters From a Distinguished American. Docs LC 1.2:Ad 1

  • Letter of John Adams discovered by the Library of Congress in foreign newspapers published during the time of the Revolution.

English Defenders of American Freedom, 1774-1778. Docs LC 1.2:En 3/774-78

  • Six pamphlets attacking British policy.

A Decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind. Docs LS 1.2:Op 3

  • State papers which the Congress issues before July 4, 1776 to explain the controversy between the American colonies adn Great Britain

Naval Documents of the American Revolution. Docs D 207.12:vol

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970.
REf HA 202.H57; Docs C 3.134/2:H62/970 and online Historical Statistics Of The United States