Center for Archival Resources On Legislatures (CAROL)
State partners stress the importance of not only knowing how to preserve legislative materials, but making the public aware of how to find and use available legislative materials. The goal of this white paper is to provide background information and guidance to those who are looking for more information about legislative documents and resources available when compiling a legislative history.
The following paper explains the types of records available to the public, format (paper , analog, or digital), and where and how to access each type of record in the state of Minnesota.
This paper can be used as a guide, as similar records and policies are available to constituents of other states.
- White Paper January 2009 (pdf)
Resources for Other States
The following links are selected resources on how to do a legislative history. These resources were created by various entities for states other than Minnesota and can be used as a guide for research.
Compilation of Resources for All States
The Maurer School of Law at Indiana University has compiled a resource of online state legislative history resources. Resources for each state are listed.
Selected Partner State Resources
A Guide for Accessioning California Legislative Information on the Internet; The Legislative Council State of California, January 2009 http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/guide.html
Researching Legislative History; Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau, October 2008 http://www.ilga.gov/commission/lrb/lrbres.htm
How to Research an Illinois Legislative History; Illinois Courts http://www.state.il.us/COURT/SupremeCourt/library/Library_Research.asp
Kansas Legislative History Research Guide; Washburn University School of Law http://washburnlaw.edu/library/services/researchguides/ksleghistory.php
Resource Center Navigation
Links to the main sections of CAROL are provided below.
February 14, 2012; links verified February 24, 2012.