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Congressional Serial Set:
St. Louis Metro Area Inventory




About the Serial Set

The U.S. Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, contains House and Senate Documents and House and Senate Reports bound by session of Congress. It began publication with the 15th Congress, 1st Session (1817). It includes, among other things, committee reports related to bills and other matters, presidential communications to Congress, treaty materials, certain executive department publications, and certain non-governmental publications.

Documents before 1817 may be found in the American State Papers and The Annals of Congress (1789-1824). The West Campus Library also has a number of Journals from the Senate and House from 1790-1817. Additional sources of Congressional documents include The Congressional Globe (1833-1873) and The Register of Debates (also known as The Congressional Debates) (1824-1837).


About the Inventory

Washington University, Saint Louis University, the Saint Louis City Public Library, and the University of Missouri, Saint Louis are pleased to announce that they have joined together to create a complete inventory of the United States Congressional Serial Set holdings in the Saint Louis Metro Area.  

Please note that Washington University School of Law holds a nearly complete set of Serial Set microfiche ranging from the 15th Congress (1817) to the 91st Congress (1971). They also possess a complete set of microfiche documenting Congressional records prior to the publication of the Serial Set that ranges from the 1st Congress (1789) to the 14th Congress (1817).

The holdings of these four institutions are inventoried on the following pages, which will continue to be updated into the near future.  Should you have questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to email the contact person(s) for each institution.

Click Image for Location Institution Abbreviation Contact Person
  Saint Louis Public Library SLP Bill Olbrich
Saint Louis University School of Law SLUL Kathleen Casey
Saint Louis University, Pius XII

(Mediums available: Print and online)

SLU Kristen Vogel
Washington University School of Law

(Mediums available: Microfiche, print, and online)

WUL Judy Stark
Washington University, West Campus

(Mediums available: Print and online)

WU Barbara Rehkop
University of Missouri, St. Louis

(Mediums available: Print and online)

UMSL Lindsay Schmitz


Additional Congressional Serial Set Online Resources at St. Louis Area Libraries: 

Database/Website Access Coverage Available At
Lexis Nexis Access to Institutional Users Only 1970-Present (91st Congress, 2d Session-Present) WU, , UMSL
Lexis Nexis Law Restricted Access   WUL, SLUL
Readex/Newsbank Restricted Access 1817-1869 (15th-41st Congresses)
Westlaw Restricted Access   SLUL, WUL


Additional Congressional Serial Set or Congressional Documents Resources on the Web:

  • U.S. Government Printing Office Browse Documents Page allows users to browse the catalog of House, Senate, and Treaty documents, by Congress, beginning with the 104th Congress (1995-1996).
  • Library of Congress Memory Project has begun digitizing documents from the 23d to the 64th Congress (1833-1917).  The entire set has not been completed.
  • U.S. Senate Congressional Record contains information concerning the activities of the House and Senate.  This website is searchable from the 107th Congress-Present (2001-Present).
  • Office of the Clerk, House of Representatives contains information about House activities ranging from partial coverage from the 1st Congress forward to complete coverage of more recent Congressional Sessions.
  • THOMAS is the Library of Congress' website making legislative materials available on the internet.  For information on coverage click here.
  • The University of Maryland is in the process of digitizing Serial Set maps.  For more information click here.

General Information About the Congressional Serial Set: 


Serial Set Indexing