"Beginning with the Continental Congress in 1774, America's national legislative bodies have kept records of their proceedings. These documents record American history in the words of those who built our government. A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation* brings together in an online format, the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention through the 43rd Congress, including the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, 1873-75."
*from the Library of Congress' "American Memory " **See next page for subsequent years of the Congressional Record
Since 1934, the first session of a Congress convenes on January 3 of odd-numbered years and adjourns on January 3 the following odd-numbered year.