Congressional 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.

The Serial Set 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 Congressional Serial Set

U.S. Congressional Serial Set What It Is and Its History by Virginia Saunders, Congressional Documents Specialist, U.S. Government Printing Office Washington, DC

Serial Set Indexing

CIS U.S. Serial Set Index (LC Call Number Z1223.Z9 C65)

The College of Wooster U.S. Congressional Serial Set Finding List cross-references Serial Set volumes with Government Documents found in the SuDoc classification scheme

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).

Saint Louis Public Library SLP
Saint Louis University School of Law SLUL
Saint Louis University, Pius XII (Mediums available: Print and online) SLU
Washington University School of Law (Mediums available: Microfiche, print, and online) WUL
Washington University, West Campus (Mediums available: Print and online) WU
University of Missouri, St. Louis (Mediums available: Print and online) UMSL
Southern Illinois University Ebwardsville (Mediums available: Print and online) SIUE

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
LLMC Open SLU, SLUL
Readex/Newsbank Restricted Access 1817-1869 (15th-41st Congresses)
Westlaw Restricted Access SLUL, WUL

Online Resources

U.S. Government Printing Office 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 85th Congress-Present (1957-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.

The University of Maryland is in the process of digitizing Serial Set maps.