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GPO Issues Digital Release of Historical Congressional Record for 1891-1911

Washington – The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1891-1911 on GPO's govinfo ( This release covers the debates and proceedings of the 52nd through the 61st Congresses.

This era of Congress covers historical topics such as:

  • The final two years of the administration of President Benjamin Harrison; the election of President Cleveland for a nonconsecutive second term; the election, reelection, and assassination of President McKinley; the first term and reelection of President Theodore Roosevelt; and the election and first two years of the administration of President Taft
  • Admission of Utah and Oklahoma as states
  • The Panic of 1893
  • The Spanish-American War
  • The first flight by the Wright Brothers
  • Passage of the Antiquities Act
  • Passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act
  • Construction of the Panama Canal
  • Final years of the Gilded Age and beginning of the Progressive Era

"This latest digital release of the Congressional Record now gives the public easy access to the historic debates of Congress on smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers," said GPO Acting Director Jim Bradley. "With this release of historic issues dating to the 19th century, GPO is on track to complete its objective of digitizing all issues of the Record back to the very first issue of that title in 1873 within the very near future.”

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