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U.S. Congressional Materials at UC Berkeley: Congressional Record (Debates + Speeches)

This guide provides information on locating U.S. Congressional Materials within the UC Berkeley Library.

Debates and Speeches

Today, everything said on the floor of Congress is transcribed and published, but this was not always the case.  Prior to 1873, there were summaries, brief accounts, and some transcribing done.  Below is where you can find all the proceedings from the floor of Congress [Numbers in brackets denote Congressional session]. 

Print versions of Congressional proceedings can be found in the MAIN Library at the following call numbers:

  • Annals of Congress: Mar 3, 1789 - May 27, 1824: J11.A5
  • Register of Debates: Dec 6, 1824 - Oct 16, 1837: J11.D5
  • Congressional Globe: Dec 2, 1833 - Mar 3, 1873: J11.G5
  • Congressional Record: Mar 4, 1873 - present: J11.R5

Free online versions can be found here:

For Text Mining Resources of the Congressional Record, see our Text Mining and Computational Text Analysis Guide.

Congressional Members--News and Social Media

Not all policy debates happen on the floor of Congress.  Congressional members release statements, give interviews, and employ several social media strategies to get their points across.  The following are some sources you can use to track what congressional members say outside of Congress.