May 22, 2022

GPO Announces Digital Release of Historical Congressional Record for the 1950s

GPO continues to release digitized versions of the bound Congressional Record via a partnership with the Library of Congress. When the project concludes digitized versions of the Congressional Record back to the first one published by GPO on March 5, 1873 will be available online.

Now, to today’s news.

From the Government Publications Office:

2017-06-28_09-35-43The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1951-1960 on GPO’s govinfo. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 82nd thru the 86th Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as:

  • The final two years of President Harry Truman’s Administration
  • President Dwight Eisenhower’s Administration
  • The Korean War
  • The Cold War
  • The creation of NASA
  • Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956

Direct to govinfo

Direct to Congressional Record Section (Browse)

Direct to govinfo Advanced Search Interface (Options to Limit By Collections, Title, etc.)

Previous Releases of the Bound Congressional Record

See Also: Now Available Online From GPO: Historical Congressional Record For 1971-1980 (March 7, 2017)

See Also: Digitized Editions of Historical Congressional Record for the 1980s on GPO’s GovInfo (November 29, 2016

See Also: GPO and Library of Congress Release Digital Bound Version of Congressional Record (1991-1998) (September 20, 2016)


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