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More Historical Statutes at Large Available Online

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The individual statutes for congresses 68 through 81 are now available on the Law Library of Congress website. This addition closes the gap for the years for which the Statutes at Large were not available on the Internet. As with the volumes for previous congresses, each of these statutes is tagged with tailored, descriptive metadata to help users search and browse by facets.

Statutes at Large, screenshot of display
Statutes at Large–screenshot of display

The material covers volumes 43 through 64 or years 1923-1950 and more than 11,000 individual statutes. This period of history was especially interesting. It dealt with the aftermath of World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II and its repercussions.

These statutes include common subjects of legislation such as building bridges, supervising the Panama Canal Zone, appropriating funds, regulating banks and financial institutions, preserving water resources, assigning Native American land, creating laws for Washington, D.C., and revising the Internal Revenue Code. In addition, I found this selection of statutes interesting:

The completion of these statutes was made possible through collaboration with the Open Law Library and several interns including Su M., Sara Hoover, Brittany M., and Chris S. We are grateful for their contributions which helped the Law Library further its goal of offering free, public access to historic U.S. legal materials.

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