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Documents in the Spotlight

October 2017

The Proceedings and Debates of the United States Congress

The Government Publishing Office and Library of Congress embarked on a major effort to digitize older editions of the Congressional Record. While this project is ongoing, a significant amount of work has been completed making this collection worthy of mention for those who need, or prefer, to search for and read these documents in an online format.

Congressional Record

The Congressional Record began in 1873 and contains the daily proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. This resource provides insight into how Congress addressed significant topics on our nation’s history.

Currently available for online searching are Volume 061 (1921) through Volume 154 (2008). Bound copies may be found in the Government Documents Collection located in the basement of the Porter Henderson Library.

Congressional Record Index

The index to the Congressional Record lists individuals, organizations, and topics mentioned the Congressional Record and provides the date and page number for locating pertinent information. Information for the years 1983 through 2017 is available online. Bound copies may be found in the Government Documents Collection located in the basement of the Porter Henderson Library.

Archive of entries in “Documents in the Spotlight”


Government Documents and Maps are part of the Reference Department of the Porter Henderson Library. The Collections are housed in a newly-remodeled corner of the Basement. The Library has been a selective depository for the Federal Depository Library Program since 1964 and a member of the Texas State Publications Depository Program since 1963. Budget cuts to the Texas State Library & Archives during the 2011 Legislative session, however, effectively ended the state publication program in July, 2011.

If you have questions regarding government publications or other government information, please contact Kim Wirth, Coordinator of Information Literacy/Research Librarian, at 325-486-6527, or Kimberly.Wirth@angelo.edu