Historical Volumes Of The United States Code – Federal Legislative History Internet Source

Historical United States Code volumes available online

The Library of Congress is making available online the collection of historical volumes of the United States Code, both main volumes and supplements.  The earliest volume was published in 1926 and covers the laws which were in force as of December 7, 1925.  The collection continues through the supplements to the 1988 edition.

The United States Code is a compilation of the general and permanent laws of the United States, arranged by subject.  Prior to the first edition’s publication, the only codification of laws was in the Revised Statutes of the United States.  The second edition was published 1934 and thereafter main editions have been published every six years with annual cumulative supplements in between.

The collection is both searchable and browseable.  To browse the collection, begin at //www.loc.gov/law/help/us-code.php and click on the year for the edition of the code.  From there, select the title, and then sort the results set or narrow the search by using the facets on the left-hand side.  Full-text searching of the collection is also available via the search platform, and the results can then be narrowed by facets as well.

This version of the United States Code does not include the annotations that are provided by commercial publishers in their respective series –  Thompson Reuters’ United State Code Annotated or Lexis’ United States Code Service.

More information about this new resource is available on the Library of Congress’ In Custodia Legis page.

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