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The United States Congressional Serial Set is a bound compilation of House and Senate Documents and House and Senate Reports. Publication began with the 15th Congress/1st session (1817). Documents of the first fourteen Congresses (1789-1816) were published in the American State Papers. The serial number is a unique number applied to each book in the series running consecutively from the 15th Congress. Information on the publication and history of the Serial Set is available from the Government Printing Office.
Beginning with the 96th Congress (1981) Serial Set volumes for each Congress contain Reports and Documents bound in numerical sequence, so if you have the Congress and Report or Document number you can just go in the stacks to find the appropriate volume.
Before the 96th Congress (1981), Reports and Documents were not bound in a numerical sequence in the Serial Set volumes. To determine which Serial Set volume contains a specific Report or Document consult one of these finding aids:
1817-1919 (15th-65th Congress) U.S. Congressional Serial Set, a digital edition produced by the Readex Division of Newsbank, is available through the public Internet terminals at the Connecticut State Library. Click here for more information. This database is being continuously updated and will eventually go up through 1980.
1817-1873 (15th through 42nd Congress) American Memory.
Prepared by the Government Information and Reference Services Unit, page revised 11/2007.