A compilation of public domain online sources for state sessions laws, journals, reports, and statutory compilations, from 1800-1920.
Sessions laws encompass all of the legislation passed in a single session of a state legislature, usually published annually or biennially. Journals and reports record the proceedings and at times the deliberations of the legislative sessions. About every ten years, many states published systematized compilations or revisions of all statutes currently then in force.
Nineteenth century legislation is in the public domain, and thus many volumes have been digitized and posted by Google Books (or the Hathi Trust). Google Books's metadata, however, is notoriously complicated or inaccurate. This Omeka site helps researchers quickly find relevant legislation by jurisdiction and date, while sophisticated programmers may benefit from this large catalog of corrected metadata.
You may browse all items or use the search bar to get started. To pull all available documeents from the same session, use the Relation link on any item from that session (e.g., "1848 New York legislative session").