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History Research

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Political & Legal

Scholarly resources in all areas of historical research at Boston College

Core Political & Legal Databases

Additional U.S. Political & Legal Databases

International Political & Legal Databases

Personal Papers

Legislative History

A legislative history is a collection of the documents created by Congress or a state legislature during the process of enacting or rejecting a proposed law. They provide evidence that members of the legislative body were aware of particular facts and include comments and recommendations of committees and members of the legislative body.

For help locating them, see the BC Law Library guide on Federal Legislative Histories.

More Political & Legal Resources

  • The databases listed here are only a portion of our political and legal collections. See the Government Docs Portal for a more complete list.