Your one-stop resource for American public and political documents from 1774 to the present day.
United States Masterfile comprises a patchwork of finding aids developed over two centuries—from the work of Ames, Poore, and Hickcox; to what became the Congressional Record; to the Library of Congress cataloguing of GPO records in 1976. USM is designed to merge and integrate these disparate historical and contemporary bibliographic materials into a single query structure.
The example here is from William Maclay's Journal during the Continental Congress in Philadelphia:
This data set includes both the Journal of William Maclay (edited by Edgar Maclay) and the Sketches of Debate in the first Senate of the United States (edited by George Washington Harris). Both are records of the proceedings, with the Journal containing a personal record of the day-to-day activities, the weather, his illnesses and his comments.
All Paratext data sets are OpenURL compliant. For those librarians whose OpenURL knowledgebase or OPAC includes SUDoc Numbers, the Paratext data can link to these as well.
|245||a||Constitution of the United States - against the granting of titles|
|514||a||Journal of William Maclay, United States senator from Pennsylvania|
|589||a||Journal of William Maclay, United States senator from Pennsylvania, 1789-1791|
|650||a||First Congress, First session, 1789|
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