Congressional Document Set

Congressional documents are known in the National Library as CDS or the Congressional Document Set. In the United States they are more commonly referred to as the Congressional Serial Set, which is the official bound compilation of Congressional documents.

Congressional documents include:

  • primary historical material about the United States
  • US relations with other countries
  • US presence in the Pacific, e.g. the Philippines
  • information about many contemporary questions.

Many documents which are part of this set do not have their origin in Congress, but having been presented to Congress are then ordered to be printed.

The Congressional Document Set also includes many historic census reports.

The Set contains:

  • House and Senate reports which consist of the reports of congressional committees on proposed legislation and other matters under investigation (see Congressional Committee Reports).
  • House and Senate documents which include all the other papers ordered to be printed by either House of Congress (i.e. the House of Representatives and the Senate) and include many reports of executive departments and like establishments.

Library holdings and online access

Time Period

Format and Links

1789 - 1838
(known as American State Papers)

1817 - 2001 (imperfect)
United States congressional serial set

Online from the Library of Congress

Portions of the set also available online

House and Senate Reports and Documents

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SUDOC Microfiche

House Reports

House Documents

Senate Reports

Senate Documents

Senate Executive Reports

Senate Executive Documents

(104th Congress+)
Committee Reports only

Online from