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Documentation & data for the Library of Congress American Memory Century of Lawmaking collection.

This repository is a community hub for working with the digitized early United States documents in the Library of Congress's American Memory: Century of Lawmaking collection ( The documents relate primarily to the United States Congress, but there are other contemporanous documents here.

From the collection:

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.

A select number of documents and reports from the monumental U.S. Congressional Serial Set are available as well.

Scans of the original documents (TIF/GIF/JPG), metadata (.TXT), and in some cases transcribed text (SGM) are available within each collection at A mirror of those files except for the images is currently also at (187M). (Josh has also mirrored the images in an AWS snapshot.)

Collections We've Looked At

  • llsl: Statutes at Large (1789-1875)
  • llhb: Bills in the House of Representatives (6th Congress-42nd Congress, 1799-1873, excluding the 12th Congress)
  • llsb: Bills in the Senate (16th Congress-42nd Congress, 1819-1873)
  • llsr: Senate Resolutions/Joint Resolutions (18th Congress-42nd Congress, 1823-1873, excluding the 20th and 24th Congresses)

See the subdirectories inside this repository for more information.

Other Collections

The collections are:

  • llac: Annals of Congress (1789-1824)
  • llcc: Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America (1861-1865)
  • llcg: Congressional Globe (1833-73)
  • llcr: Congressional Record (1873-75)
  • lldc: United States Congressional Serial Set (50th Congress 1st Session)
  • lldg: Letters of Delegates to Congress (1774-89)
  • llec: Proceedings of the Electoral Commission (1877)
  • lled: Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution (1787-88), or Elliot's Debates
  • llej: Senate Executive Journal (1789-1875)
  • llfr: Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, or Farrand's Records
  • llhj: Journals of the House of Representatives (1789-1875)
  • lljc: Journals of the Continental Congress (1774-89)
  • llmisc/awh: (unknown, but related to women's history)
  • llmisc/ody: Laws in Relation to Freedmen, U.S. Senate, 39th Congress, 2nd Session
  • llmj: Journal of William Maclay (1789-91), senator from Pennsylvania in the 1st Congress
  • llnc: Native American Constitutions, Charters, and Bylaws
  • llnt: Native American Tribal Laws, Codes, and Statutes
  • llrd: Register of Debates (1824-37)
  • llsc: The Slavery Code of the District of Columbia (1860)
  • llsj: Journals of the Senate (1789-1875)
  • llsp: American State Papers (1789-1838)
  • llss: United States Serial Set
  • llst: Slavery in the Courtroom, 1722-1862
  • lltr: United States Treaties and Other International Agreements, 1950-
  • llts: The Senate, 1789-1989
  • lltw: Treaty Termination, Hearings Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (1979)


Documentation & data for the Library of Congress American Memory Century of Lawmaking collection.



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