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Noted Content and Changes in Publishing the Volumes of the Statutes At Large Over Time
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  • Volume 1 (1st - 5th Cong., 1789-1799) - Public Acts of Congress in the first five congresses.
  • Volume 2 (6th - 12th Cong., 1799-1813) - Public Acts of Congress in six congresses.
  • Volume 3 (13th - 17th Cong., 1813-1823) - Public Acts of Congress in five congresses.
  • Volume 4 (18th - 23rd Cong. 1823-1835) - Public Acts of Congress in six congresses.
  • Volume 5 (24th - 28th; 1835-1845) - Public Acts of Congress in five congresses.
  • Volume 6 (1st - 28th; 1789-1845) - Private Acts of Congress in the first 28 congresses.
  • Volume 7 - United States Treaties with Indian Tribes (246 documents; 1778-1842)
  • Volume 8 - United States Treaties with Foreign Nations (90 documents; 1778-1845; includes general index to the first eight volumes).
  • Volume 9 (29th - 31st; 1845-1851) - Public and Private Acts of Congress in three congresses. The volume also contained foreign and Indian treaties, presidential proclamations and an index as did subsequent volumes until volume 65 (82nd Congress, 1951) when treaties no longer included.
  • Volume 10 (32nd - 33rd Cong., 1851-1855) - Public and Private Acts of two congresses. Volumes 11, and 12 also covered two congresses each (34th - 37th ; 1855-1863).
  • Volume 13 - Public and Privates Acts of the 38th Congress; 1863-1865. Thereafter subsequent volumes of the Statute At Large covered one congress until first session of 75th Congress (1937). At end of the appendix of presidential proclamations are five executive orders (only occurrence).
  • Volume 18 (43rd Cong.; 1873-1875) - U.S. Government Printing Office began publication of the Statutes At Large under State Department auspices continuing the volume numbers of Little, Brown & Co. and the volumes also became taller (about 11.5 inches instead of 10 inches). Part I of volume 18 is the Revised Statutes of the United States, which is an entire revision, reorganization and consolidation of all permanent and general U.S. laws with the repeal of all prior law dealt therein as of December 1, 1873. It is also legal evidence of the law and treaties contained therein. See Act of June 20, 1874, 18 Stat. 113, pt. 3, ch. 333. Part II contains the Revised Statutes relating to the District of Columbia, the Revised Statutes relating to Post Roads, and Public Treaties of the United States organized by country and year. Part III contains the public and private acts of the 43rd Congress with treaties and proclamations.
  • A replacement volume contains the Revised Statutes of 1878, which added corrections and updated the Revised Statutes of 1873. It is legal (and apparently prima facie) evidence of the law. See Act of Mar. 2, 1877, ch. 82, 19 Stat. 268 as amended by Act of Mar. 9, 1878, ch. 26, 20 Stat. 27.
  • Volume 28 (53rd Cong., 1893-1895) - Statutes At Large began including concurrent resolutions.
  • Volume 32 (57th Cong., 1901-1903) - Statutes At Large began assigning public law numbers in the margins to acts for each congressional session. Private law numbers were also assigned to private laws which generally included in Part II with concurrent resolutions, treaties and proclamations.
  • Volume 33 (58th Cong., 1903-1905) - Statutes At Large began showing in the margin the bill number or joint resolution that was enacted into law (per Act of Apr. 12, 1904, No. 20, 33 Stat. 589; 44 USC 729). Before that time refer to Legislative Reference Checklist: the Key to Legislative Histories from 1789-1903 by Eugene Nabors, Rothman & Co., 1982.
  • Volume 35 (60th Cong., 1907-1909) - Statutes At Large began assigning each public and private act a unique public or private law number within a congress rather then a congressional session. This number was placed in the margin. Slip laws also had this number (Public, No. ##).
  • Volume 47 (72nd Cong., 1931-1933) - Statutes At Large began publishing international agreements. The use of subsections gradually became more common in the 1930's.
  • Volume 50 (75th Cong., 1st Sess., 1937) - Statutes At Large began the practice of issuing a new volume every congressional session instead of every congress (sometimes with multiple parts).
  • Volume 52 (75th Cong., 3rd Sess., 1938) - Statutes At Large began showing the public law number (termed "Act") in the table of contents, but no popular name index until volume 105 (1991).
  • Volume 55 (77th Cong., 1st Sess., 1941) - Statutes At Large began using the title "Public Law" in the margin instead of "Public, No." Also in 1941 West begins its publication, U.S. Code Congressional Service, which contains most of the U.S. Statutes and selected related legislative history documents. It is succeeded in 1951 by U.S. Code Congressional and Administrative News.
  • Volume 63 (81st Cong., 1st Sess., 1949) - Statutes At Large began being published under the direction of the Federal Register Division, National Archives and Record Service instead of under the Secretary of State (Act of Sep. 23, 1950, ch. 1001, §1, 64 Stat. 979, 1 U.S.C. 112).
  • Volume 65 (82nd Cong., 1st Sess., 1951) - Statutes At Large no longer publishing treaties and int'l agreements but began publishing an individual index & PL numbers placed above statute.
  • Volume 71 (85th Cong., 1st Sess., 1957) - Statutes At Large no longer using chapter numbers. Public and private laws are now officially cited using their uniquely assigned public and private law numbers. The Statutes also began publishing, until 1970, tables on amendments and repeals of previous laws. At this time Statute volumes resumed a height of 10 inches instead of 11.5 inches.
  • Volume 89 (94th Cong., 1st Sess., 1975) - Statutes At Large began publishing each public law on a new page thus allowing Statute page references to be included in the initial publication of individual slip laws. Brief legislative history references also began to be published at the end of each law, which had been the practice on slip laws since the first session of 88th Congress (1963).
George Orwell III (talk) 03:57, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

Issues[edit]

Volume 22[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: Yes check.svg Done Tarmstro99 12:19, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
* [ERRATA] - I mentioned awhile back that I noticed the end of volume 22 seemed to be corrupted with duplicate pages. Well I finally got around to taking a closer look over the weekend and boy was it screwed up -- over 100 pages had double scans. I trimmed them out of your original, re-OCR'd it and uploaded a fresh copy. The total number of pages went from 1289 to 1175 so I had to re-align the pages on it's Index and I will figure out how best to delete the redundant portions in a day or two. I hope you have no objections to deleting the existing pages, which is now isolated to the back-matter volume index, and recreating them (new OCR seems cleaner btw) without regard to preseving the current edit history.
Still Pending a Solution - not sure how best to rectify BOT created pages now holding the wrong content thanks to new offset page alignment.
George Orwell III (talk) 23:48, 14 July 2011 (UTC)
it's not hard; I just need to know the "from" and "to" page ranges for the bot to move. e.g., "move scan pages 301-325 to 250-275." Do you know where the misalignments occur? Tarmstro99 23:39, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
Dude you had ~100 sequential duplicate pages at the end - not 1 contiguous chunk - making the offset grow exponetially (i.e. not by a simple + or - of some constant number). Everything is correct up until the first Index page at the end. After that and thanks to the exponential mis-alignment, plus in light of the fact an OCR re-fresh of the now trimmed original was done, I don't think it makes sense to move dot & dash riddled Index pages... except maybe to save the editing history/creation dates. - George Orwell III (talk)
I guess it would make the most sense just to delete the now-incorrect pages and replace with text extracted from the new djvu, then. I'll see about doing that. Tarmstro99 11:24, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Tarmstro99 12:19, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Volume 45 Part 1[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: Yes check.svg Done Tarmstro99 11:22, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
* [OMITTED] - Scan page #1676 is missing from the original scan.

This missing page should appear between DJVU 1726 and DJVU 1727.

Update: Missing page found, converted and uploaded as stand-alone - see File:USSaL-v45-p1676.djvu - Needs insertion.
George Orwell III (talk) 07:06, 14 July 2011 (UTC)
Yes check.svg DoneGeorge Orwell III (talk) 17:21, 15 July 2011 (UTC)  See below

  • [ERRATA] - BOT moves went past above newly inserted DJVU PAGE 1727 (which is SCAN PAGE no. 1676) all the way down to DJVU PAGE 1679 by mistake. — George Orwell III (talk) 20:17, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done , should be fixed now. Sorry about that. Tarmstro99 11:22, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Volume 116 Part 1[edit]

The following discussion is closed and will soon be archived: Yes check.svg Done Tarmstro99 01:10, 20 September 2011 (UTC)
* [ERRATUM] - A printing error occurred, in sec. 1(b) of Public Law 107-204 (116 STAT. 746) where "Sec. 1107. Retaliation against informants." was omitted from the original table of contents for that Act as first published.

Our Indexed djvu file needs the corrected page reflecting the actual table of contents (found here) trimmed of black-space, resized to match the indirect djvu dimensions currently in place and then swapped-in for the current scan page #746 (DJVU 772) to fix this. — George Orwell III (talk) 01:30, 14 July 2011 (UTC)

Problematic+[edit]

A running list of indiviual Indexed pages that should be replaced, etc., because they suffer from one sort of defect or another.

These are Not pages normally marked Problematic because the corresponding scan is one that contains a graphic, picture, illustration that must be manipulated as a separate or stand-alone file for eventual transclusion. — George Orwell III (talk) 15:29, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Volume Djvu page no. Scan page no. Description Status
68A 609 569 Bad Scan - paper fold of lower left caused some of the page content to get clipped during scan. Yes check.svg Fixed. Tarmstro99 20:15, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

Volume 33, Part 2[edit]

The original source scans from the Library of Congress for the above-mentioned volume contain many errors, so much so that it seemed appropriate to give them their own section in this discussion.

Original identification of errors[edit]

Rather than clutter up the table with even more non-urgent, non-material points, may I point out that Vol XXXIII Pt. 2 pages 810-825 (djvu numbering) also have clipped sidenotes (a non-exhaustive comment!!!) . CharlesSpencer (talk) 09:45, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for adding those. It might take quite some time to replace though - Part 2 of any volume is not typically available online but I'll keep my eye out now that I know Vol 33 has problems. -- George Orwell III (talk) 02:29, 17 September 2011 (UTC)
I can confirm that, unfortunately, the sidenote errors in Volume 33, Part 2 appear in the original TIFF scans supplied by the Library of Congress (a pity; their scanning work usually was quite good). I believe we have this volume in microform. Tarmstro99 10:23, 20 September 2011 (UTC)

Running table of pages requiring rescanning[edit]

Volume Djvu page no. Scan page no. Description Status
33.2 796 2091 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 797 2092 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 799 2094 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 801 2096 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 803 2098 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 805 2100 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 810 2105 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 811 2106 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 812 2107 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 813 2108 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 814 2109 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 815 2110 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 816 2111 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 817 2112 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 818 2113 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 819 2114 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 820 2115 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 821 2116 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 822 2117 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 823 2118 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 824 2119 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 825 2120 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 827 2122 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 828 2123 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 829 2124 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending
33.2 830 2125 Sidenotes clipped re-scan pending

constitution.org scans[edit]

Is it ok to use these? 70.36.142.114 04:34, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Note: the Internet Archive seems to be mirroring these scans and possibly re-OCR'ing them.[1] 70.36.142.114 14:23, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

LegisWorks.org TOCs and files[edit]

We're at the point at LegisWorks.org with the Congressional Data Coalition where we have tables of contents for volumes 29 through 64 using OCR text from the constitution.org files. These TOCs could be used to populate the tables of contents pages for those volumes here at Wikisource. What's the best way to go about doing this? unsigned comment by Joecarmel (talk) 21:29, 24 April 2014 (UTC)‎.