Archival Content: Links not maintained American Historical Sources Now Available
This online version of the American State Papers is the place to search for digital images of original patent applications, treaties with foreign nations, or proclamations on trade in the first years of the U.S. Documents are presented as very high quality digital replicas of the primary source material.
These documents were originally produced by Congress between 1789 and 1838. The print issue that has become the American State Papers is the re-publication that Congress contracted for in the mid-19th century. The online version contains all of the material in the print set, but is much easier to use. Full-text searching and browse by topic or Congressional session provide multiple paths to each individual document.
Cornette Library's Government Documents department provides a detailed description of the kinds of documents that are included in the American State Papers.
This online version of the Serial Set provides an easy to use interface to all of the publications of the U.S. Congress. You may perform a keyword search for your area of interest, or browse through the original documents by year, by Congressional session, or by the Congressional committee which produced the item.
Results are presented as a digital image of the original publication. As such, this is a rich source of primary source material on the early years of the U.S.A.
Currently, documents are available only for the 15th Congress of 1817 through the end of the 41st Congress in 1871. However, scanning and digitization of the originals is ongoing, and the collection is projected to ultimately extend though 1980.
Cornette Library's Government Documents department provides a detailed description of the kinds of documents included in the serial set. They also inventory the items available in print and in microform for years not yet covered in the online version.
These premier research tools are available to all of the WTAMU community thanks to the Texas A&M University System libraries.
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