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U.S. Congressional Serial Set: American State Papers

A guide to using the U.S. Serial Set collections in the University Libraries.

American State Papers

The American State Papers, comprising a total of thirty-eight physical volumes, contain the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838. The collection includes documents that cover the critical historical gap from 1789 to the printing of the first volume of the U.S. Serial Set in 1817.

The American State Papers are arranged in Series:
Foreign Relations - v.1-6
Indian Affairs - v.7-8
Finance - v.9-13
Commerce and Navigation - v.14-15
Military Affairs - v.16-22
Naval Affairs - v.23-26
Post Office - v.27
Public Lands - v.28-35
Claims - v.36
Miscellaneous - v.37-38

University Libraries has the American State Papers in a Remote Storage Facility. To access these documents you will need to request materials from Remote Storage by  emailing your request to both Archives and Special Collections ( and Circulation ( Materials can take 2-5 business days for retrieval. All materials must be used in the reading room of Archives and Special Collections. All usage is governed by Archives and Special Collections policies as found here.


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