Congressional Papers & Publications

The West Campus storage facility holds congressional activity dating from the late 18th and early 19th century. These items, not all complied or printed by the government, illustrate the early days of the republic with accounts of congressional debates, votes, and activities.

This initial listing of the volumes represented in the West Campus collection is intended to answer the question of whether a trip to West Campus for a particular volume might be worthwhile. The West Campus staff welcomes queries by e-mail or telephone (314-935-9889). For assistance in selecting a title, or utilizing the reference sources for U.S. Congressional Serial Set, work with the Help Desk on Level 1 of Olin Library.

“American archives: consisting of a collection of authentick records, state papers, debates, and letters and other notices of publick affairs, the whole forming a documentary history of the origin and progress of the North American colonies; of the causes and accomplishment of the American revolution; and of the Constitution of government for the United States, to the final ratification thereof. In six series …” (from title page)

Compiled by Peter Force, The American Archives was designed to document the early history of the United States from the colonial settlements to the ratification of the Constitution, covering the years 1688-1787. But in the forty years Force was collecting material, only nine volumes were published, and these focused only on the years 1774-1776. Of these nine volumes, the library owns but a few.

These texts are considered rare and are stored in the West Campus vault. Volumes cannot be checked out and must be used in the library reading area. Ask the circulation staff for specific volumes and/or years for review and they will be brought to the reading area. Please note: this set is stored in 176-A-1.

Present Holdings

Fourth Series (1774-1775), volumes 1, 4, & 6: “From the King’s Message of March 7th, 1774, to the Declaration of Independance, by the United States, in 1776.”

Fifth Series (1776), volumes 1, 2, & 3: “From the Declaration of Independance, in 1776, to the Definitive Treaty of Peace with Great Britan, in 1783.”

Foreign Relations
Volume 1 (1789-1797)
Volume 2 (1797-1807)
Volume 3 (1807-1815)
Volume 4 (1815-1822)
Volume 5 (1818-1826)
Volume 6 (1826-1828)

Indian Affairs
Volume 1 (1789-1814) (a.k.a. Volume 7)
Volume 2 (1815-1827) (a.k.a. Volume 8)

Finance
Volume 1 (1789-1802) (a.k.a. Volume 9)
Volume 2 (1802-1815) (a.k.a. Volume 10)
Volume 3 (1815-1822) (a.k.a. Volume 11)
Volume 4 (1822-1824) (a.k.a. Volume 12)
Volume 5 (1824-1828) (a.k.a. Volume 13)

Commerce and Navigation
Volume 1 (1789-1815) (a.k.a. Volume 14)
Volume 2 (1815-1823) (a.k.a. Volume 15)

Military Affairs
Volume 1 (1789-1819) (a.k.a. Volume 16)
Volume 2 (1819-1825) (a.k.a. Volume 17)
Volume 3 (1823-1828) (a.k.a. Volume 18)
Volume 4 (1828-1832) (a.k.a. Volume 19)
Volume 5 (1832-1836) (a.k.a. Volume 20)
Volume 6 (1836-1837) (a.k.a. Volume 21)
Volume 7 (1837-1838) (a.k.a. Volume 22)

Naval Affairs
Volume 1 (1794-1825) (a.k.a. Volume 23)
Volume 2 (1824-1827) (a.k.a. Volume 24)
Volume 3 (1827-1831) (a.k.a. Volume 25)
Volume 4 (1831-1836) (a.k.a. Volume 26)

Post Office
Volume 1 (1790-1833) (a.k.a. Volume 27)

Public Lands
Volume 1 (1789-1809) (a.k.a. Volume 28)
Volume 2 (1809-1815) (a.k.a. Volume 29)
Volume 3 (1815-1824) (a.k.a. Volume 30)
Volume 4 (1823-1827) (a.k.a. Volume 31)
Volume 5 (1827-1829) (a.k.a. Volume 32)
Volume 6 (1829-1834) (a.k.a. Volume 33)
Volume 7 (1834-1835) (a.k.a. Volume 34)

Claims
Volume 1 (1789-1809) (a.k.a. Volume 36)

Miscellaneous
Volume 1 (1789-1809) (a.k.a. Volume 37)
Volume 2 (1809-1823) (a.k.a. Volume 38)

The Annals of Congress, or as the set is more formally known The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States, were compiled between 1834 and 1856 by the publishing company of Gales and Seaton. While the material collected came primarily from newspaper accounts and not primary sources from the congressional sessions, the set is considered more complete than either the House or Senate journals (Library of Congress).

The Annals become Congressional Debates and then The Congressional Globe, here listed separately by title, although there is overlap between each set. Not all volumes published are currently owned by the library and there are some gaps between congressional sessions and congressional years. Fortunately, the Library of Congress through the American Memory Initiative has digitized most of the Annals, Debates, and Globe. Some duplicate volumes are available in Olin

These texts are considered rare and are stored in the West Campus vault. Volumes cannot be checked out and must be used in the library reading area. Ask the circulation staff for specific volumes and/or years for review and they will be brought to the reading area. Please note: this set, along with all documents under the “Congressional Papers and Publications” heading are stored in range 176.

1st Congress, vol. 1 (1789-1791) 11th Congress, 3rd session (1810-1811)
1st Congress, vol. 2 (1789-1791) 12th Congress, 1st session, vol. 1 (1811-1812)
2nd Congress (1791-1793) 12th Congress, 1st session, vol. 2 (1811-1812)
3rd Congress (1793-1795) 12th Congress, 2nd session (1812-1813)
4th Congress, 1st session (1795-1796) 13th Congress, 1st session, vol. 1 (1813-1814)
4th Congress, 2nd session (1796-1797) 13th Congress, 1st session, vol. 2 (1813-1814)
5th Congress, vol.1 (1797-1799) 13th Congress, 3rd session (1814-1815)
5th Congress, vol. 2 (1797-1799) 14th Congress, 1st session (1815-1816)
5th Congress, vol. 3 (1797-1799) 14th Congress, 2nd session (1816-1817)
6th Congress (1799-1801) 15th Congress, 1st session, vol.1 (1817-1818)
7th Congress, 1st session (1801-1803) 15th Congress, 2nd session, vol. 1 (1818-1819)
7th Congress, 2nd session (1802-1803) 15th Congress, 2nd session, vol. 2 (1819)
8th Congress, 1st session (1803-1804) 16th Congress, 1st session, vol. 1 (1819-1820)
8th Congress, 2nd session (1804-1805) 16th Congress, 1st session, vol. 2 (1819-1820)
9th Congress, 1st session (1805-1806) 16th Congress, 2nd session (1820-1821)
9th Congress, 2nd session (1806-1807) 17th Congress, 1st session, vol. 1 (1821-1822)
10th Congress, 1st session, vol. 1 (1807-1808) 17th Congress, 1st session, vol. 2 (1822-1823)
10th Congress, 1st session, vol. 2 (1807-1808) 17th Congress, 2d session, (1823-1824)
10th Congress, 2nd session (1808-1809) 18th Congress, 1st session, vol. 1 (1823-1824)
11th Congress, 1st-2nd sessions, vol. 1 (1809-1810) 18th Congress, 1st session, vol. 2 (1824)
11th Congress, 1st-2nd sessions, vol. 2 (1810) 18th Congress, 2nd session (1824-1825)

The Debates are a continuation of The Annals, concluding in 1837 with the title change to The Congressional Globe. Visit the Library of Congress and the digitized holdings of the Debates at this link.

As with all West Campus holdings of Congressional records, this set is for library use only. Ask the desk librarian for the volumes and years you would like to see.

18th Congress 2nd session (1824-1825) 23rd Congress, 1st session, pt. 2 (1834)
19th Congress, 1st session, pt.1 (1825-1826) 23rd Congress, 1st session, pt. 3 (1834)
19th Congress, 1st session, pt. 2 (1825-1826) 23rd Congress, 1st session, pt. 4 (1834)
19th Congress, 2nd session (1826-1827) 23rd Congress, 2nd session, pt. 1 (1834-1835)
20th Congress, 1st session, pt. 1 (1827-1828) 23rd Congress, 2nd session, pt. 2 (1835)
20th Congress, 1st session, pt. 2 (1828) 24th Congress, 1st session, pt.1 (1835-1836)
20th Congress, 2d session (1828-1829) 24th Congress, 1st session, pt. 2 (1836)
21st Congress, 1st session, pt. 1 (1829-1830) 24th Congress, 1st session, pt.3 (1836)
21st Congress, 1st session, pt. 2 (1830) 24th Congress, 1st session, pt. 4 (1836)
21st Congress, 2nd session (1830-1831) 24th Congress, 2nd session, pt. 1 (1836-1837)
22nd Congress, 1st session, pt. 1 (1831-1832) 24th Congress, 2nd session, pt. 2 (1837)
22nd Congress, 1st session, pt. 2 (1831-1832) 25th Congress, 1st session, pt. 1 (1837)
22nd Congress, 1st session, pt. 3 (1832) 25th Congress, 1st session, pt.2 (1837)
22nd Congress, 2st session, pt. 1 (1832-1833)
23rd Congress, 1st session, pt. 1 (1833-1834)

As with all West Campus holdings of Congressional records, this set is for library use only. Ask the desk librarian for the volumes and years you would like to see.

Listed below are the volumes currently stored at West Campus itemized by congressional year/session and pagination (if applicable). Unfortunately, we do not own every volume printed. Gaps are regrettable, but digital images of the text are available online at the Library of Congress.

23rd Congress, 1st-2nd sessions (1833-1835)–with appendix 39th Congress, 1st session (1865-1866), p.1921-2880
25th Congress, 1st session (1837)–with appendix 39th Congress, 1st session (1865-1866), p.2881-3840
26th Congress, 2nd session (1840-1841)–with appendix 39th Congress, 1st session (1865-1866), p.3841-4310–with appendix
27th Congress, 1st session (1841)–with appendix 39th Congress, 2nd session (1866-1867), p.753-1504
27th Congress, 2nd session (1841-1842)–with appendix 39th Congress, 2nd session (1866-1867), p.1505-2005–with appendix
27th Congress, 3rd session (1842-1843) 40th Congress, 1st session (1867)
28th Congress, 1st session (1843-1844)–with appendix 40th Congress, 2nd session (1867-1868), p.1-1024
28th Congress, 2nd session (1844-1845)–with appendix 40th Congress, 2nd session (1867-1868), p.1025-2048
29th Congress, 1st session (1845-1846) 40th Congress, 2nd session (1867-1868), p.2049-3072
29th Congress, 2nd session (1846) 40th Congress, 2nd session (1867-1868), p.3073-4096
30th Congress, 1st session (1847)–with appendix 40th Congress, 2nd session (1867-1868), p.4097-4523–with appendix
30th Congress, 2nd session (1848-1849)–with appendix 40th Congress, 2nd session, Supplemental–Trial of Andrew Jackson
32nd Congress, 1st session (1851-1852) **duplicate copy
32nd Congress, 1st session (1852) March-July 40th Congress, 3rd session (1868-1869), p.1505-1901–with appendix
32nd Congress, 1st session (1852) July-August 41st Congress, 1st session (1869)
32nd Congress, 2nd session (1852-1853) 41st Congress, 2nd session (1869-1870), p.1-944
33rd Congress, 1st session (1854) June 30th-Aug 7th 41st Congress, 2nd session (1869-1870), p.945-1888
34th Congress, 1st-2nd sessions (1855-1856), p.1217-2241 41st Congress, 2nd session (1869-1870), p.1889-2832
**vol. 25, pt 3. (part of a set, bound differently, included here) 1st-2nd session of 34th Congress, July 11-Aug 30th, contains about 2/3rds of the content found in previous entry 41st Congress, 2nd session (1869-1870), p.2833-3776
**duplicate volume of above, but severely damaged 41st Congress, 2nd session (1869-1870), p.3777-4720
35th Congress, 2nd session (1858-1859), p.1-1040 41st Congress, 2nd session (1869-1870), p.4721-5664
35th Congress, 2nd session (1858-1859), p.1041-1692–with appendix 41st Congress, 2nd session (1869-1870), Appendix
37th Congress, 1st session (1861)–with appendix 41st Congress, 3rd session (1870-1871), p.1-816
37th Congress, 2nd session (1861-1862), p.1-960 41st Congress, 3rd session (1870-1871), p.817-1648
37th Congress, 2nd session (1861-1862), p.961-1920 41st Congress, 3rd session (1870-1871), p.1649-2010–with appendix
37th Congress, 2nd session (1861-1862), p.1921-2880 42nd Congress, 1st session (1871), p.593-931)–with appendix
37th Congress, 2nd session (1861-1862), p.2881-3407–with appendix 42nd Congress, 2nd session (1871-1872), p.1-896
37th Congress, 3rd session (1862-1863), p.1-912 42nd Congress, 2nd session (1871-1872), p.897-1792
37th Congress, 3rd session (1862-1863), p.913-1564–with appendix 42nd Congress, 2nd session (1871-1872), p.1793-2688
38th Congress, 1st session (1863-1864), p.1-976 42nd Congress, 2nd session (1871-1872), p.2689-3584
38th Congress, 1st session (1863-1864), p.977-1952 42nd Congress, 2nd session (1871-1872), p.3585-4504
38th Congress, 1st session (1863-1864), p.1953-2928 42nd Congress, 2nd session (1871-1872), Index
38th Congress, 1st session (1863-1864), p.2929-3547–with appendix 42nd Congress, 2nd session (1871-1872), Appendix
38th Congress, 2nd session (1864-1865), p.1-816 42nd Congress, 3rd session (1872-1873), p.1-672
38th Congress, 2nd session (1864-1865), p.817-1440–with appendix 42nd Congress, 3rd session (1872-1873), p.673-1632
39th Congress, 1st session (1865-1866), p.1-960 42nd Congress, 3rd session (1872-1873), p.1633-2211–with appendix
39th Congress, 1st session (1865-1866), p.961-1920

Present Holdings for Journal of the Senate
1st Congress, 2d session, Jan. 4, 1790
1st Congress, 3d session, 1790-1791
2d Congress, 1st session, 1792
3d Congress, 1st session, 1793
4th Congress, 1st session, 1795-1796
4th Congress, 2d session, 1796
5th Congress, 1st session
5th Congress, 2d session, 1797-1798
6th Congress, 1st session, 1799-1800
6th Congress, 2d session, 1800-1801
7th Congress, 1st session, 1801-1802
8th Congress, 2d session, 1804-1805
9th Congress, 2d session, 1806-1807
11th Congress, 1st session, 1809
11th Congress, 2d session
13th Congress, 2d session, 1813-1814
13th Congress, 2d session, 1813-1814 (executive reports)
13th Congress, 2d session, 1813-1814 (documents)
14th Congress, 1st session, 1815
14th Congress, 2d session, 1816-1817
Continued by the United States Congressional Serial Set

Present Holdings for Journal of the House
1st Congress, 2d session, 1790
1st Congress, 3d session, 1790-1791
2d Congress, 1st session, 1791-1792
2d Congress, 2d session, 1792-1793
3d Congress, 1st session
3d Congress, 2d session
4th Congress, 1st session
4th Congress, 2d session
5th Congress, 2d session,
14th Congress, 1st session, 1815
14th Congress, 1st session, 1815 (Secretary of the Navy)
14th Congress, 2d session, 1816-1817
14th Congress, 2d session, 1816-1817 (Secretary of the Navy)
Continued by the United States Congressional Serial Set