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Serial Set

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The U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-present) is a continuing series of over 14,000 volumes of reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from the 15th Congress forward including administrative reports, annual reports of agencies, internal manuals, special reports, and congressional directories; some of these include maps and illustrations in documents dealing with history of political, military, ethnic and cultural, genealogical, explorations, international relations, and commerce-industrial development. American State Papers are considered part of the Serial Set (although compiled retrospectively).


It is one of the most important sources of primary research material for American history and the social sciences.




Serial Set - Tutt Basement, South (1817–present, incomplete holdings)

  • For volumes in the Docs Enclosed area, ask at the Reference Desk for volume retrieval.
  • volumes 1-268 available on micro-card, ask at the Reference Desk to retrieve then use Tutt North 2nd Floor reader back by Periodicals Office - not in microforms area
  • #5200- are in Docs stacks
  • US Serial Set serial numbers not used


American State Papers - Docs Enclosed (1st-14th Congresses, 1789-1838)

  • ask at the Reference Desk for volume retrieval
  • use Congressional Universe




CIS U.S. Serial Set Index - Docs Index 1st Floor South KF12.C57 1975 (Map room)

  • multi-volume print index may be searched by subject/name or by document number in chronologically arranged volumes.


Congressional Universe - online CC and library use only

  • indexes the American State Papers and the Serial Set by subject and keyword, individual names, and organizations; chronological/numerical lists of reports and documents
  • includes carto-bibliography of all maps in the set: choose 'Advance Search' and select "Serial Set"

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