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It Keeps Getting Better: Access to Historic Congressional Information

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The Government Printing Office (GPO) in partnership with the Library of Congress just announce the release of the digital (online) availability of the Bound Congressional Record, 1961 – 1970 on govinfo.gov.  This means you can now search the Bound Congressional Record from 1961 to the present!

If you remember that era there is probably some iconic event that stays fresh in your mind such as the invasion of the Beatles and other British rock groups, the Assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy. Did you watch the 1969 U.S. landing on the moon on television? What about these (thanks to GPO for the list)?


  • The Administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and the first two years of the Administration of President Richard M. Nixon
  • The Civil Rights Era
  • The Vietnam War
  • Legislation of the Great Society and the War on Poverty, including:
    • Civil Rights Act of 1964
    • Voting Rights Act of 1965
    • Fair Housing Act of 1968
    • Medicare and Medicaid
    • Economic Opportunity Act of 1964
    • Immigration Act of 1965
    • Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965
    • Endangered Species Act of 1966
    • Public Broadcasting Act of 1967
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Courtesy of the Government Publish Office


“This latest digital release of the Congressional Record now gives the public easy access to the historic debates of Congress from the 1960s via smartphones, tablets, laptops, and personal computers.” (GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks.)

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2 Responses to “It Keeps Getting Better: Access to Historic Congressional Information”

  1. I am looking to read a copy of Chief Joseph’s original speech that he read when he appeared before Congress on January 24, 1897. On January 24, 1897 Chief Hinmuuttu Yalatlat (his Inuit birth name) (Christian name Chief Joseph) appeared before Congress to attest to the atrocities that the Nez Perce suffered at the hands of the United States military and government in a passionate speech that lasted for more than 30 minutes, in which Chief Joseph attested to the fact that his once prosperous people suffered poverty and lacked basic needs and provisions, including medicine. I searched the North American Review’s archives and I did not see the speech published, which I read was an edited version. I would like to read the full uncensored, unadulterated speech the Chief Joseph gave on January 24, 1897 when he appeared before Congressional leaders and so-called dignitaries in Washington. Please contact me, and let me know if you have a copy of the original speech that Chief Joseph read before the United States Congress. My email and GoDaddy website, http://www.ryaneastwoodphotography.com were breached. You may call me at 860-749-2669 or mail a copy of the speech to Ryan Eastwood, 18 South Meadow Lane, Enfield, CT 06082.

    Thank you.

    Ryan Eastwood

  2. Hi Ryan, I’ve forward this on to our reference librarians and one of them will be responding to you.