The Serial Set includes Congressional committee Reports, Documents, and (after 1980) Senate Executive Documents and Reports. For more information see: U.S. Congressional Serial Set: What It Is and Its History.
Serial Set Online
U.S Congressional Serial Set (Readex)
Database of texts from the bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Texts constitute a rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history. Upon completion, the digital version of the Serial set will consist of over 12 million pages. Database searchable by subject, publication category, standing committee author, and other parameters. Coverage 1817 - 1980.
Serves as both an index and a full text source of US Congressional materials: members and committees, bills, laws, hearing transcripts, committee prints, documents, the Congressional Record, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, US Code. Updated daily. The full text of House and Senate Documents is available from 1995 to the present (with some exceptions). The full text of House and Senate Reports is available from 1990 to the present (with some exceptions).
Provides free access to a wide range of legislative information on the Congress, including the full text of the Congressional Record and bills for the 103rd to the present Congress, a directory of congressional committees and members of Congress, the weekly floor schedule for the House, and a schedule of daily committee hearings. The full text of House and Senate Reports and Documents is available from 1995 to the present.
Serial Set in Print
Printed Serial Set volumes before 1981 are held at the Library Annex and must be requested through the Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections in Kroch Library. The post-1980 segment located on Olin's Lower Level is several years behind. The latest bound volumes are from the 110th Congress, First Session (2007). More current documents may only be available in electronic form .
Each volume in the Serial Set is shelved according to a number (a "serial" number; hence the name) that appears on its spine. Knowing the serial number makes it much easier to find a given volume in our stacks, but most bibliographic records for Reports and Documents do not include it. The following resources can help:
|1789 - 1895||Checklist of United States public documents 1789-1909.Part 1.||Olin Ref Z 1223 A113 1911a pt.1
See pages 3-101.
|1895 (Dec.)- 1933||Index to the Reports and Documents of the ... Congress ... with Numerical Lists and Schedule of Volumes||Olin Ref Z 1223 A14|
|1933 - onward||Numerical Lists and Schedule of Volumes of the Reports and Documents of ... Congress,||Olin Ref Z 1223 A15|
The shelving sequence of the volumes kept on the Lower Level is by document type within a session is as follows: Senate Documents, Senate Reports, House Documents, House Reports. Oversized volumes have been pulled out of sequence and shelved separately at the end of the Serial Set section. As in the general stacks, pink signs at the end of the aisle indicate the oversize area.
Our printed Serial Set holdings are not complete. See United States Serial Set in John M. Olin Library, OLIN REFERENCE Z1223 A16 C74+ (2 vols.) for a shelf inventory list compiled in 1991.
Reports on Private Bills were eliminated from the printed Serial Set by an act of Congress from 1905 to 1938.
Some Executive Branch publications (which were directed by Congress to appear in the Serial Set) between 1907 - 1912 were received as individual volumes not bound with the Serial Set. Some of these may be found in the catalog as separately cataloged volumes.
As noted elsewhere, the Serial Set also contains map material. See CIS US Serial Set Index, Part 14, Vols. 1-10 (OLIN REF Z1223 A16 C74+ pt. 14, v1 -v10) for cartographic materials published in the Serial Set from 1789 through 1925.
Requesting Serial Set Volumes from the Annex
Serial Set volumes before 1981 are available online through the Readex database, but patrons may still ask to see printed volumes. Because Serial Set volumes are designated as non-circulating, delivery requests for print volumes in the Annex Library must be submitted through Kroch Rare and Manuscripts and the delivered volumes used only in the RMC reading room. The Annex Library needs to have the specific barcode number for any given volume in order to process the request. Barcode numbers are assigned to each volume and appear in the holdings record. As of 11/11/09 there are 17 holdings records for this title, so in order to find them one needs to do the following:
United States Congressional Serial Set Holdings Records
Bib. ID: 1629746
|Congress||Date||Volume Range||Holdings Rec. No.|
|15th, 1st Sess. - 33rd, 2nd Sess.||1817 - 1854||1 - 775||6652738|
|33rd, 2nd Sess. - 42nd, 3rd Sess.||1854 - 1872||776 - 1568||6660262|
|42nd, 3rd Sess. - 49th, 1st Sess.||1872 - 1885||1569 - 2375||6683495|
|49th, 1st Sess. - 53rd, 1st Sess.||1885 - 1893||2376 - 3149||6693866|
|53rd, 1st Sess. - 54th, 2nd Sess.||1893 - 1897||3150 - 3552||6785904|
|54th, 2nd Sess. - 56th, 1st Sess.||1896 - 1899||3553 - 3964||6711104|
|56th, 1st Sess. - 57th, 2nd Sess.||1899 - 1902||3965 - 4440||6790046|
|57th, 2nd Sess. - 58th, 3rd Sess.||1902 - 1903||4441 - 4840||6719823|
|58th, 3rd Sess. - 60th, 2nd Sess.||1904 - 1909||4841 - 5559||6742238|
|60th, 2nd Sess. - 65th, 2nd Sess.||1909 - 1917/18||5562 - 7324||1977370|
|65th, 2nd Sess. - 71st, 3rd Sess.||1918 - 1931||7325 - 9341||1977371|
|71st, 3rd Sess. - 78th, 2nd Sess||1931 - 1944||9342 - 10874||1977372|
|78th, 2nd Sess. - 87th, 1st Sess.||1944 - 1960||10875 - 12369||6773409|
|87th, 1st Sess. - 93rd, 2nd Sess.||1960 - 1973||12370 - 13060/2||1977373|
|93rd, 2nd Sess. - 98th, 1st Sess.||1973 - 1983||13060/3 - 13521||6776831|
|98th, 1st Sess. - 104th, 1st Sess.||1983 - 1995||13522 - 14293||6781922|
|104th, 1st. Sess. - 110th, 1st Sess.||1995 - 2007||14294 - 15117||1977374|