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Legal Research: Statutes at Large


United States Statutes at Large (Historical)

Statutes at Large (1789-1875)

The United States Statutes at Large, commonly referred to as the Statutes at Large, is the official source for the laws and resolutions passed by Congress. Publication began in 1845 by the private firm of Little, Brown and Company under authority granted by a joint resolution of Congress. In 1874, Congress transferred the authority to publish the Statutes at Large to the Government Printing Office, which has been responsible for producing the set since that time.

Every law, public and private, ever enacted by the Congress is published in the Statutes at Large in order of the date of its passage. Until 1948, all treaties and international agreements approved by the Senate were also published in the set. In addition, the Statutes at Large includes the text of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Constitution, amendments to the Constitution, treaties with Indians and foreign nations, and presidential proclamations.

Note: The eighteen volumes presented in this online collection cover the laws of the first forty-three Congresses, 1789-1875

U.S. Statutes at Large

United States Statutes at Large (1951-Present)

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The United States Statutes at Large, typically referred to as the Statutes at Large, is the permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress. The Statutes at Large is prepared and published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Under the provisions of 1 U.S.C. 112, the printed edition of the Statutes at Large is legal evidence of the laws, concurrent resolutions, proclamations by the President, and proposed and ratified amendments to the Constitution. About United States Statutes at Large.

The Statutes at Large collection on FDsys includes volumes from 1951 forward.

Statutes at Large (1789-2007)

Statutes at Large (1789-2007)

Thes are the published enactments of the U.S. Congress through 2007 provided by the Constitution Society, a private non-profit organization.

They are PDF documents and may take some time to download.  You can use <CTRL>F to search individual downloaded documents.