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Congressional Serial Set in Print: St. Louis Metro Area Inventory. (This Guide also Provides Information to Online Resources)

By Tove Klovning & Barbara Rehkop

About the 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. It 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).

For additional information see hyperlinks below:

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

U.S. Congressional Serial Set Assigned Serial Numbers Not Used Compiled by Virginia Saunders, Congressional Documents Specialist, U.S. Government Printing Office Washington, DC August Imholtz, Executive Editor, Congressional Information Service, Inc. Bethesda, MD

Serial Set Indexing in LC call numbers: Z1223.Z9 C65