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Federal Legislative History

Find an already-compiled legislative history, or collect the documents to compile your own history.

Overview — Has Someone Already Done the Work?

For major legislation, someone may have already compiled the documents, or at least created a list of citations to them.

Checking the sources on this page first may save you lots of time.

Digital Sources for Already-Compiled Legislative Histories

Print Sources for Already-Compiled Legislative Histories

  • Federal Legislative Histories: An Annotated Bibliography and Index to Officially Published Sources, by Bernard Reams, call number: KF 42.2 1994 Law Reference.

  • Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories: A Bibliography of Government Documents, Periodical Articles, and Books, compiled by Nancy P. Johnson, call number: KF 42.2 1979 Law Reference Desk. Also available to the USF community as part of the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library on HeinOnline. (For details, see Digital Sources, above).

  • The Zief Law Library also has compiled legislative histories on microfiche through Congressional Information Service's CIS Index to Publications of the United States Congress, call number: KF 49 .C62 Law Microforms).

  • Selected compiled legislative histories in print at the Zief Library. Try a "Doncore" search in Ignacio, and include the phrase "legislative history" in your search. (You can use the Doncore Search box on this page to run your search.)

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