Readex, a publisher of online historical collections, announced that it has published digital editions of the original printings of early U.S. Congressional Journals from the late-18th century and into the 19th century. Complementing Readex digital editions of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and American State Papers, these Web-based editions—House and Senate Journals, Series I, 1789-1817 and Senate Executive Journals, Series I, 1789-1866—enable students and scholars to study political actions and proceedings in the first 75 years of U.S. history.
Historically significant topics covered in the House and Senate Journals, Series I, 1789-1817 include the Constitutional Convention, the Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments, Alexander Hamilton, and the Fugitive Slave Act. Senate Executive Journals, Series 1, 1789-1866 records executive proceedings in which early American senators deliberated on Indian treaties, Spanish-American relations, the Monroe Doctrine, the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark's expedition, the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation and more.
Through its partnerships with academic institutions and other leading organizations, Readex continues to create authoritative digital editions of many of the U.S. Congress's wide-ranging publications from 1789 through the late 20th century. Extensive indexing by Readex editors facilitates searches of this archive of primary materials on the people, issues, and events of American history and government.