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Residence Act: Primary Documents in American History

Digital Collections

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of primary source materials associated with Residence Act and the early history of Washington, D.C., including government documents, manuscripts, maps, and broadsides. Provided below is a link to the home page for each relevant digital collection along with selected highlights.

Congressional Publications

Residence Act Debate References:

Selected references to debate on the Residence Act (Seat of Government) can be found in the Annals of Congress, 1st Congress, 2nd Session, on the following dates:

Maclay's Journal

Maclay's Journal is one of the few accounts of Senate floor activity in the early Congresses. Senate sessions were closed to the public until 1795. Senator William Maclay from Pennsylvania kept a diary of his experiences in the First Congress. Search Maclay's Journal using the word "residence" to find information on the Residence Act.

George Washington Papers

A selection of highlights includes:

Historic Newspapers

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Thomas Jefferson Papers

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Words and Deeds in American History