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Congress: Historical Materials

Federal Legislative Branch

Other Historical Resources

U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers

Dirksen Center Projects - "The Dirksen Congressional Center is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization in Pekin, Illinois, that seeks to improve civic engagement by promoting a better understanding of Congress and its leaders through archival, research, and educational programs."

  • The Civil Rights Documentation Project
  • Editorial Cartoon Collection
  • "Facing the Post-War World: Everett M. Dirksen Abroad, 1945"
  • The 1960s: A Multi-Media View from Capitol Hill
  • Understanding Congressional Decisions Through Vectors
  • 14 Units to Learn How a Bill Becomes a Law

Congressional Gold Medal Recipients (1776 to Present)

Congressional Committees

U.S. Congressional Bibliographies

Papers of the members of Congress

U.S. Congressional Documents & Debates (Library of Congress)

  • Continental Congress & the Constitutional Convention
    • Journals of the Continental Congress (1774-1789)
    • Letters of Delegates to Congress (1774-1789)
    • Elliot's Debates (1787-1789)
    • Farrand's Records (1787)
  • Statutes & Documents
    • Bills & Resolutions - selected sessions:
      • House, 1799-1873
      • Senate, 1819-1873
      • Senate Joint Resolutions, 1824-1873
    • Statutes at Large (1789-1875)
    • American State Papers (1789-1838)
    • U.S. Serial Set (selected Documents,Reports & Maps, 1833-1917)
  • Journals of Congress
    • House Journal (1789-1875)
    • Senate Journal (1789-1875)
    • Senate Executive Journal (1789-1875)
    • Maclay's Journal (1789-1791)
  • Debates of Congress
    • Annals of Congress (1789-1824)
    • Register of Debates (1824-1837)
    • Congressional Globe (1833-1873)
    • Congressional Record (first three volumes, 1873-1875)

Congressional Bills