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Brown Bag Seminars: Researching Historical Congressional Material

Researching Historical Congressional Material

On October 10, 2018, Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD of MBK Consulting, presented a Brown Bag Seminar at the Franklin County Law Library on finding historical, legal, political, economic and genealogical gems using the US Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, which began publication in 1817. Documents before 1817 may be found in the American State Papers.

The Serial Set contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports. The reports are usually from Congressional committees dealing with proposed legislation and issues under investigation. Attorneys use these documents to compile federal legislative histories of statutes.



Sources for Locating the US Congressional Serial Set

The complete US Serial Set is available in the Franklin County Law Library, through Lexis Advance, on the Library public computers. It is listed under the source title Congressional Documents 1777-present (U.S. Serial Set).