U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873

Congressional Record Congressional Globe Register of Debates Annals of Congress Maclay's Journal Senate Executive Journal Senate Journal House Journal U.S. Serial Set American State Papers Statutes at Large Bill and Resolutions Farrand's Records Elliot's Debates Journals of the Continental Congress Search All Titles

A Century of Lawmaking for a New NationThe Library of Congress


Search: All Titles |
Browse Titles by Category: Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention |
Journals of Congress |
Debates of Congress |
Statutes and Documents


Beginning with the Continental Congress in 1774, America’s national
legislative bodies have kept records of their proceedings. The records
of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the
United States Congress make up a rich documentary history of the
construction of the nation and the development of the federal government
and its role in the national life. These documents record American
history in the words of those who built our government.

Books on the law formed a major part of the holdings of the Library
of Congress from its beginning. In 1832, Congress established the Law Library of Congress as a
separate department of the Library. It houses one of the most complete
collections of U.S. Congressional documents in their original format. In
order to make these records more easily accessible to students,
scholars, and interested citizens, A Century of Lawmaking for a New
Nation
brings together online the records and acts of Congress
from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention through the 43rd Congress, including the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, 1873-75.


The mission of the Library of Congress is to make its
resources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain
and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future
generations. The goal of the Library’s National Digital Library Program is to
offer broad public access to a wide range of historical and cultural documents as
a contribution to education and lifelong learning.

The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record of
the past. These primary historical documents reflect the
attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress
does not endorse the views expressed in these collections, which
may contain materials offensive to some readers.


Special Presentations:

The Making of the U.S. Constitution

Timeline: American History as Seen in Congressional Documents, 1774-1873

The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States

Indian Land Cessions in the United States, 1784 to 1894Includes Maps

The Louisiana Purchase: Legislative Timeline
– 1802 to 1807


Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865

The Impeachment Trial of President Andrew Johnson, 1868

Presidential Elections and the Electoral College, 1877



American Memory |
Search All Collections |
Collection Finder |
Learning Page


Source Article