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Outstanding new collection acquired by Library is a U.S. ‘national treasure’

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The United States Capitol, the home of Congress, in the 1840s.

The Library is delighted to announce the acquisition of two prestigious primary sources from Readex which combined provide comprehensive, digitised access to documents on people, issues and events in American history, politics, law and culture since 1817.

Often described as a “national treasure” the United States Congressional Serial Set (1817-1994) provides 11 million pages of reports, documents, maps, illustrations, statistical tables and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives from the 15th to the 103rd Congress.  American State Papers (1789-1838) covers the legislative and executive documents of the first 14 Congresses during the period 1789 to 1838, filling the critical historical gap from 1789 to the printing of the first volume of the Serial Set in 1817.

Dr. Taylor Spence, Lecturer in American History at Monash University, said “The United States Serial Set is the complete archive of every word written or uttered in the U.S. Congress and is a treasure trove of data for all aspects of American history.”

A powerful search engine enables researchers to explore in minute detail every document in the collection, whilst also searching related collections such as America’s Historical Newspapers.

Interested staff and students are invited to register for an information session at the Matheson Library on Tuesday February 17th. This session will highlight examples of the rich content and provide tips for easy searching.

For further information please contact:

Jenny Casey
Subject librarian, history
jenny.casey@monash.edu

Sue Little
Subject librarian, government publications
sue.little@monash.edu

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