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Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives

The Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives collection contains three series of volumes: Hinds’ Precedents, Cannon’s Precedents and Deschlers’s Precedents.

  • Hinds’ Precedents consists of eight volumes and 148 chapters. The first chapter is preceded by an introduction to Hinds' Precedents, as well as, a table of contents. The series was published in 1907.
  • Cannon's Precedents consists of 130 chapters and six volumes (6-11). Three of those volumes are indices (9-11). The series was published in 1936.
  • Deschler’s Precedents consists of 18 volumes and 41 chapters, which, the preface explains, "have been arranged in the approximate sequential order in which the subjects covered occur or arise in the House." Each chapter is subdivided into sections and the first chapter is preceded by introductory materials, such as the authorizing legislation for the compilation, the preface, acknowledgements, tributes, and a table of abbreviations and terms; these materials are also divided into sections and presented as individual documents. Deschler’s Precedents also contains the mastheads of Deschler-Brown Precedents, Deschler-Brown-Johnson Precedents, and Deschler-Brown-Johnson-Sullivan Precedents. The first volume of precedents was published in 1973 and the eighteenth volume was published in 2013.

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