Congressional Serial Set (from ProQuest)
Don’t be misled by the title: as the official historical record of the U.S. government, these resources are essential for any historical, political, or cultural research of the United States. The US Congressional Serial Set
(incorporating American State Papers,1789-1838, and maps,1789-1969) includes documents on virtually every topic the US Congress has taken an interest in – which can be just about anything anywhere in the world -- since 1789 both for law-making and for oversight of executive-branch agencies: congressional reports
on public and private legislation considered during each Congress (example
); reports of investigations
commissioned or conducted by Congress or its parts (example
); reports from federal executive agencies
(including land surveys, research and statistical publications, and reports of scientific investigations and explorations) submitted to Congress (example
); budgets of the United States
(since 1923) (example
presented to the Senate (since 1979) (example
); and reports and other documents of select nongovernmental organizations
), from the Red Cross to the Smithsonian and the American Legion to the American Historical Association. Comprising only documents Congress has declared to be particularly important, the Serial Set does not
(usually) include text of bills and resolutions, hearings, nor committee prints.
See ProQuest's Serial Set guide
- Alternative access to the Serials Set: HeinOnline. Our existing Hein databases have always contained substantial portions of the Serial Set, including the American State Papers, comprehensive coverage of Foreign Relations of the United States, and thousands of House and Senate reports and documents inside compiled federal legislative histories.