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U.S. Government Documents: House and Senate Journals

Online resources

FDsys

Includes bills (full-text 1993 forward), history of bills, calendars, documents & reports (full-text 1995 forward), Congressional Record and its Index, public laws (full-text 1994 forward), the U.S. Code, Congressional Directory, and a history of line item veto notices.

House of Representatives Website

Includes legislative activity, roll call votes, calendars, schedules, committees, and the U.S. Code.

Proquest Congressional (Princeton faculty, students and staff only)

Includes the Congressional Record, bills and bill tracking (full-text 1989 forward), legislative histories, public laws (full-text 1988 forward), hearings (full-text 1824 forward), documents (full-text 1789 forward), reports (full-text 1789 forward), committee prints (selective full-text 1824 forward), biographical, financial and voting information for members of Congress.

Senate Website

Includes legislative activity, roll call votes, calendars, schedules, committees, the Congressional Record, and status information on treaties.


Journals

The Journal of the Senate and the Journal of the House of Representatives contain a record of the minutes of floor actions in the Senate and House as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. For a record of the actual debates see the Congressional Record. The Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Senate Executive Journal) contains a record of the Senate proceedings relating to its functions of confirming presidential nominees and consenting to the making of treaties.

Full text of the Journals (1789-current) is available in the Digital Serial Set from Proquest Congressional.

Paper holdings

  • Journal of the House and the Senate, 1st-90th Congress (1789-1968): located in Recap, each cataloged separately by Congress and session (request retrieval through the Main Catalog)
  • Journal of the House and the Senate, 91st Congress to date (1969-date ):  shelved at KF46 .A25U536q in Firestone stacks
  • Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate, v. 1 (1828)-date: shelved at  KF45 .A255 in Firestone stacks
  • Journal of the Senate (reprinted in the National State papers of the United States series), including Journal of the Executive Proceedings 1st-14th Congress (1789-1816/1817):  shelved at KF45.G58 in Firestone stacks
  • Journal of the House of Representatives (reprinted in the National State papers of the United States series), 1st-14th Congress (1789-1816/1817):  shelved at KF46 .G58 in Firestone stacks

The Journals are also available in the CIS Serial Set Microfiche Collection located in Recap. Search Proquest Congressional to get the CIS number and request retrieval through the Main Catalog.

A Century of Lawmaking from the Library of Congress provides browseable access to the Journals of the House/Senate and the Senate Executive Journal from the 1st-42nd Congress (1789-1873).

Depository Info

The general public is welcome to use depository materials free of charge. For access information and hours, please consult the the online hours (choose "Firestone Library - Depository Access" from the drop down menu), Access Information Page, and the Firestone Access Office

PLEASE NOTE:  While the general public is welcome to use depository materials free of charge, many of our U.S. Government resources, including many of the resources listed in this research guide, are not depository materials and may only be used by Princeton University students, faculty, and staff.  This includes most of the electronic resources such as Proquest Congressional and Hein Online.

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