The American State Papers contain the legislative and executive documents of Congress during the period 1789 to 1838. Documents in this collection cover topics such as commerce, public lands, finance, military and foreign affairs. The collection includes documents that cover the critical historical gap from 1789 to the printing of the first volume of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817. Please refer to the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994
database for post 1816 documents.