From the Government Publishing Office:
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), in partnership with the Library of Congress (LC), has made available on govinfo digitized versions of the Congressional Record (Bound Edition) from 1873-1890.
This release covers debates and proceedings of the 43rd through the 51st Congresses and [our emphasis] it completes the objective of digitizing all historic issues of the Congressional Record back to the first appearance of this publication on March 5, 1873.
This era of Congress covers historical topics such as:
- The second term of President U.S. Grant; the disputed election of 1876, resulting in the presidency of Rutherford Hayes; the election and assassination of President James Garfield; the administration of President Chester Arthur; the election and first non-consecutive term of President Grover Cleveland; and the first two years of the administration of President Benjamin Harrison
- The admission of Colorado, Montana, Washington, North and South Dakota, Idaho, and Wyoming as states
- The Panic of 1873
- The Civil Rights Act of 1875
- The Battle of the Little Bighorn (Custer’s Last Stand)
- The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act
- The Sherman Anti-Trust Act
- The Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act
At the end of each session of Congress, all of the daily editions of the Congressional Record are collected, re-paginated, and re-indexed into a permanent, bound edition. This permanent edition, referred to as the Congressional Record (Bound Edition), is made up of one volume per session of Congress, with each volume published in multiple parts, each part containing approximately 10 to 20 days of Congressional proceedings.
The primary ways in which the bound edition differs from the daily edition are continuous pagination; somewhat edited, revised, and rearranged text; and the dropping of the prefixes H, S, and E before page numbers.