U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980

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The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980, 1817-1980 is a full-text database of key publications of the United States Congress. It documents the official activities of the committees of the House and the Senate, including the journals, reports, and documents. In addition, through the nineteenth century the Serial Set also included publications of the executive departments relating to important public issues. It contains, for example, reports on education, public health, and agriculture, as well as maps and color plates.

The Serial Set is a critical resource for the study of all aspects of American history including international relations; explorations; commerce and industrial development; genealogy; and political, social, cultural, military, and ethnic history.

A large collection of full color maps that were published as part of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set is included within the database. Use the advanced search option to limit your search to maps, or select the Home link in the upper left corner to find the database selection menu where you can select Serial Set Maps as a separate database.

A companion database, the American State Papers, covers the first 14 Congresses (1789-1817) and chronologically overlaps the Serial Set by including additional publications from 1817-1838. The American State Papers is an essential complement to the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980.

The ProQuest Congressional Publications database also chronologically overlaps the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980. It contains much of the same material, but includes coverage from 1981 to present. ProQuest Congressional Publications also includes congressional hearings back to 1824, and the US Congressional Serial Set does not.


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Dates covered

15th Congress through the 96th Congress, 2nd session (1817-1980).

Updating frequency

Database is complete.


Journals, reports and documents of the United States House and Senate; publications of executive agencies; messages of the Presidents.

Type of coverage

Indexing with full-text in PDF and TIFF format

Print counterpart or
related resources

The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980 in paper and microform; the American State Papers database, also paper; ProQuest Congressional Publications.

Producer/content provider

The United States Congress; The Government Printing Office

Vendor/electronic presentation provider


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