This section includes content produced by the Congress. More information about Congress is included in the US Serial Set described on this page.
The Blume Library ceased receiving the Congressional Record (daily) issues in 2007. We ceased receiving the CR (bound) with our last microfiche issue in 2011. Congressional Record and related publications are available in the Library as follows:
1979- present. These records of the proceedings of the House and Senate are the only publications expressly required of them by the Constitution. They are published at the end of each Congressional Session and give daily summaries of motions, action taken, and roll call votes. They are received in the Library in microfiche and classified "XJ," so they are filed immediately following the Congressional Record. Each volume includes a summary legislative history of all bills introduced in the Session, and an index of subjects and names.
Continental Congress and other early records:
Many of these print sources may also be available online via govinfo.gov.
The Serial Set contains reports of Congressional Committees on legislation before them, as well as more ceremonial publications, which are called "documents."
The Serial Set is shelved in the position of classification number Y 1.1/2: in the Documents Collection on the 2nd floor. Volumes received prior to 1997 are tan-colored and hardbound, and shelved by the sequential Serial Set Numbers printed in black on their spines.
For more detailed information on the Blume Library's Serial Set holdings, see the Congress, Legislation, etc. guide.
Presidential documents are classified PR in the documents stacks, with a number following the PR designating the presidency. For example, publications from Jimmy Carter's presidency are classified PR 39....
Some miscellaneous publications, such as speeches and one-time reports, are classified in PREX 1.2: Over the years, there has seemed to be little logic behind the decision to place a commission's report in PR or PREX. For this reason, browsing the stacks alone should not be substituted for a search of the Library Catalog when looking for Presidential publications. Look at govinfo.gov for online versions.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Some important series of Presidential documents are classified oddly, or are in different locations within the Library:
Selected print materials on individual presidents involved in events of major historical interest.
This section includes information about the US Supreme Court as well as other federal courts.
Individual agencies — and even sub-agencies and facilities such as laboratories, bases and research centers — often publish self-histories. Some example agencies include the NASA, the National Park Service, the Federal Reserve system, etc.
Sample Search: Search the Library Catalog using the term "History" AND the agency's name.
Alternatively, agencies often provide historical information on their homepages in sections such as "About Us," "About the Agency," "History," "Archives.
Another important type of agency historical publication are legislative histories of important laws.
Sample Search: Search the Library Catalog using the term "Legislative History" AND the agency's name.