MARC Records for the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers

Readex offers MARC records for the documents and reports of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994 based on the high level of indexing found in the full citations of the Readex digital edition. MARC records are also available for every publication in Readex's American State Papers, 1789-1838. To convert its indexing to MARC records, the Readex government publications cataloguing team worked with an expert advisory board that included Terry Reese, Gray Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University Library; Becky Culbertson, Shared Cataloging Program Manager, California Digital Library; and Leona Faust, Senate Librarian, United States Senate Library. Three sample records are available here.

Sample MARC Records

Readex’s cataloging includes: 

  1. Description, which may include the title, statement of responsibility, edition, material specific details, publication information, series, notes, and standard bibliographic numerical data specific to the Reports, and Documents of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set as well as to the publications of American State Papers.
  2. Main entry (either the "United States Congress. Senate" or "United States Congress. House of Representatives") and added entries (full official committee name).
  3. Subject headings, based on the following authorities:
    1. Legislative Indexing Vocabulary of the Congressional
    2. Research Service of the Library of Congress
    3. Library of Congress Subject Headings
    4. United States Congressional Biographical Directory for names of Senators and Representatives
    5. Getty Thesaurus of Geographical Names.

For the duration of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994 project, new catalog records are added quarterly to our MARC Records portal. MARC records currently available include: American State Papers: covering the 1st through 25th Congresses (1789-1838): 6,278 records U.S. Congressional Serial Set: covering the 15th through 98th Congresses (1817-1984): 353,240 records.


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