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Serial Set Documents Online
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Includes Serial Set documents.
Catalog of Government Publications
"A finding tool for electronic and print publications from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the U.S. government."
U.S. Congressional Serial Set Inventory
A complete inventory of serial set holdings in U.S. libraries, from volume 1 through volume 13219-3. Researchers can search and browse the inventories by serial set volume, by library, or by session of Congress.
What is the Serial Set?
The United States Congressional Serial Set consists of Congressional publications along with a variety of other documents. Annual reports from government agencies, accounts of explorations (Lewis and Clark), beautiful maps and pictures, statistics, and an incredible mix of other publications all make an appearance in the Serial Set. A good rule of thumb is that when you have exhausted all other resources, check the Serial Set!
The Serial Set began in 1817 and is made up primarily of the following types of documents:
- Senate and House Documents
- Senate and House Reports
- Senate and House Journals
- Senate Executive Reports
- Senate Treaty Documents
The predecessor to the Serial Set is the American State Papers (1789-1838) which is divided into the following topics:
- Foreign Relations
- Indian Affairs
- Commerce and Navigation
- Military Affairs
- Naval Affairs
- Post-office Department
- Public Lands
The Libraries have paper copies of the Serial Set from 1789-1997. To use these, please ask at the Reference Desk.