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Historical Documents

American State Papers & the Serial Set

The American State Papers and the U.S. Serial Set contain congressional reports and documents, and selected material from the executive branch and nongovernmental organizations.

The American State Papers and selected reports and documents from the early U.S. Serial Set are available through the Library of Congress' A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation collection:

      •  American State Papers 1789 - 1838
         in the library: Special Collections/Colver  f J33  38 volumes

      •  U.S. Serial Set 1833-1917. Selected documents & reports from the 23rd - 63rd Congresses.

      •  U.S. Serial Set via GPO Access 1995-96 (104th Congress)-

Congressional Record & Its Predecessors

The Congressional Record and its predecessors are the official record of the proceedings and debates of Congress.

The full-text of the predecessors to the Congressional Record is also available through the Library of Congress' A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation collection. Some of the Congressional Record is also available online:

      •  Annals of Congress, 1774-1824

      •  Register of Debates, 1824-1837

      •  Congressional Globe, 1833-1873

      •  Congressional Record: 1873-1875;   1989-  

Foreign Relations of the United States

Foreign Relations of the United States U.S. Department of State
This series "presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity."
      •  Complete List of Volumes, 1861 to Date 

In the library, most are shelved in  JX 233 .A3
Some have microfiche supplements: check the library catalog for details

Some volumes have other call numbers:
      •  Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1914-1918: Supplement. The world war.  D 753 .U58
      •  Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States. The Paris Peace Conference.   D 642 .U6
      •  Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States. The Lansing papers, 1914-1920.  E 766 .U43
      •  Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1918-1919. Russia.  JX 233 .R8
      •  Foreign Relations of the United States, Japan, 1931-1941.   E 183.8.J3 U6
      •  Foreign Relations of the United States, Diplomatic Papers, China 1942-1943.  JX 1428.C6 A54
      •  The Conferences at Washington and Quebec, 1943.  D 734.A1 U57
      •  Foreign Relations of the United States; the Conference at Quebec, 1944.  D 734 .Q4 1944z

FRUS Online:     
      •  Volumes Available Online  Selected text from 1945 on via the U.S. Department of State
      •  1861-1958/1960 (incomplete) University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

Presidential Documents

Presidential Documents
A guide to resources for presidential documents such as Weekly Compilation of Presidential Papers, Public Papers of the President, and Proclamations and Executive Orders. 

Official Records of the War of the Rebellion

Official Records of the War of the Rebellion

     •  Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies Cornell University Library
         Paper volumes in the library: E 464 U6
         On cdrom in the library:  CircDesk E 464 .C585 1997

     •  Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion Cornell University Library 
         Paper volumes in the library E591 .U58
         On cdrom in the library:  CircDesk E591 .C585 1999

   •  Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies
         In the library:  Maps Atlas Case 2   E 464 .U61
         Scanned page images online via the University of Alabama

Journals of the Continental Congress

Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1789. via Library of Congress' American Memory collection.
In paper in the library: Government Information Reference J 10 A5