1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 3, 2020 10:01 AM by Legislative Archives

    Want to access Congressional debates from the 1880s online


      For a historical book, I am trying to retrieve a transcript of a Congressional debate that took place around August-September 1886. Is there a way to see transcripts of House deliberations online? Thank you

        • Re: Want to access Congressional debates from the 1880s online
          Legislative Archives Scout

          Hi Julian,


          You can access the Congressional Record, the official record of the proceedings on the floor of the full House and Senate (1873 - Present), online here: Congressional Record (Bound Edition). The PDFs are arranged by date range. If you're searching by subject or legislation, I suggest selecting a date range toward the end of the volume and locate the PDF that contains the index.


          The Congressional Record is also digitized and searchable through a subscription database called HEIN Online, available at most law and academic libraries. For more recent proceedings, you can access the Congressional Record through Congress.gov.


          I hope this information is helpful!



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