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Congressional Globe

The Congressional Globe contains the congressional debates of the 23rd through 42nd Congresses (1833-73). It is the third of the four series of publications containing the debates of Congress. It was preceded by the Annals of Congress and the Register of Debates and succeeded by the Congressional Record. The Globe, as it is commonly referred to as, is located on Floor 4 in the Documents Stacks under the call number X. They are arranged chronologically by congress and then by session. Indexes are found at the beginning of each volume. Volumes are available online through HeinOnline.

U.S. Serial Set

The Serial Set contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports. The reports are usually from congressional committees dealing with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. The documents include all other papers ordered printed by the House or Senate. Documents cover a wide variety of topics and may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, executive-branch materials were also published in the Serial Set. Most volumes in the Serial Set are not cataloged. Use the database Congressional Publications to search for items on the Civil War in this set.

U.S. Statutes at Large

The U.S. Statutes at Large from HeinOnline contains the digitized volumes of the permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress.

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