Selections from the
Annals of Congress and the Statutes at Large
A verbatim journal of the proceedings in the U.S. Congress was not kept
for the first 18 Congresses, 1789-1824, but in the period from 1834 to 1856
scholars compiled a record from newspaper and other records, formally titled
The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States, and
informally the Annals of Congress, as part of the History of
Congress, 42 vols. Washington, D.C.: Gales & Seaton. They are available
online as image files at the
Library of Congress.
We may eventually put the entire collection online as HTML and text files, if
time and funds are available, but for now, we are putting up a few selections
that enlighten original understanding of the Constitution.
See also the Journal of William
Maclay. Maclay served as senator from Pennslyvania from 1789 to 1791
and kept a private journal of his experiences that is highly revealing.
See our complete collection of the Statutes at Large, 1789-2007, with selections for tax statutes of 1917-1939, in searchable image-over-text PDF files, one per volume.