The Library of Congress | American Memory
»Lawmaking Home » House Journal - About

Journals of Congress: House Journal | Senate Journal | Senate Executive Journal | Maclay's Journal

bookshelf image

Browse House Journal
Search this Title through the Collections Search Page

Note: This collection offers the Journal from 1789-1875.

House Journal

From its inaugural session, the United States House of Representatives has kept a journal of its proceedings in accordance with Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution, which provides that:

Each House shall keep a journal of its proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such parts as may in their judgment require secrecy; and the yeas and nays of the members of either House, on any question, shall, at the desire of one-fifth of those present, be entered on the journal.

The printed version published by order of the House of Representatives is presented here in electronic form.

The Journal should be seen as the minutes of floor action. It notes the matters considered by the House and the votes and other actions taken. It does not record the actual debates, which can be consulted through the "Link to date-related documents" in the full text transcription of the Journal.

LC Standadrd Disclaimer for Pages of External Internet Links Related Information

Working with this Title

Bibliographic Record

Citation Guide

Historical Background

Browse Collection Resources

About the Collection

Using the Collection

Related Resources

Selected Bibliography


»Lawmaking Home » House Journal - About
The Library of Congress | American Memory