The U.S. Congressional Serial Set is America's oldest continuously-published series. Beginning in 1817 with the 15th Congress, the Serial Set is a sequentially-numbered compilation of bound House and Senate Reports and Documents. These publications are first issued individually throughout each Congress and are later permanently bound into the numbered volumes of the Serial Set.
Congressional publications from the first fourteen congresses (and some from later congresses) are in the American State Papers, a 38 volume set. Binghamton University Libraries has all but volume 23. (Bartle Main Oversize J33 v.1-22, v.24-38). They are also available online through the American Memory Project at the American State Papers site.
The Serial Set and American State Papers are available from the beginning through 2003 via Proquest Congressional
For reference, Reports and Documents are assigned the following SuDoc classification numbers.
Y 1.1/3: (Senate Documents)
Y 1.1/4: (Senate Treaty Documents)
Y 1.1/5: (Senate Reports)
Y 1.1/6: (Senate Executive Reports)
Y 1.1/7: (House Documents)
Y 1.1/8: (House Reports)
Indexing and full-text searching of the Serial Set are available in Proquest Congressional
The following print indexes may also be of use
For 1789 to 1969:
Subject and Keyword Index
Numerical List of Reports and Documents: sequential list of all the reports and documents in each session of Congress
Schedule of Serial Volumes: numerical list of serial set volumes and all the documents included in each volume.
Index by Reported Bill Number
Index and Carto-Bibliography of Maps
If you know the report or document number, and need to determine the Serial Set volume, use: