Library Makes Available the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and the American State Papers

    The University of Delaware Library announces the availability of two new electronic resources, the U. S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers.

    The U.S. Congressional Serial Set contains the full text of U.S. House and Senate Documents and House and Senate Reports by session of Congress. The U.S. Congressional Serial Set began to be published with the 15th Congress, 1st Session (1817).  

    American State Papers,a separate new database, contains documents before 1817.  Together U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers constitute the archival record of the United States Congress from 1789 to 1994.

    U.S. House and Senate Reports usually document Congressional committees dealing with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. U.S. House and Senate Documents include all other papers ordered printed by the House or Senate. Documents cover a wide variety of topics and may include departments of the U.S. branch of government; 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 U.S. Congressional Serial Set.

    The two large databases contain over 415,000 documents from both the U. S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers, cover a wealth of topics and include some of the key documents in American history.

    "Congressional documents and reports on the building of the Panama Canal, the formation of the United Nations, nuclear weapons testing, international terrorism, and on many other topics, provide historians researching the rise of the United States as a global power in the 20th century a rich set of primary source documents,” commented David Langenberg, Associate Librarian in the Collection Development Department, University of Delaware Library.

    Both the U. S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers are available online campus-wide to all University of Delaware faculty, students, and staff as licensed resources. They are available from the Library Databases link on the Library Web page at [] or directly at:




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