To Access Senate Treaty Documents

Additional Information and Research Strategies


Senate treaty documents are issued by the Senate when the President asks them to ratify a treaty. They generally contain the text of the Presidential communication supporting ratification of the treaty and the text of the treaty agreement itself.

Until 1991, treaty document content was issued in executive documents lettered sequentially within each session of Congress (e.g., Exec. Doc. A, 91-1). Executive documents with a lettered identification system were not included in the Serial Set until 1979 (96th Congress). Beginning in 1981, the executive document type of publication for treaty materials was replaced by the Senate treaty document publication type and included in the Serial Set. Senate treaty documents are numbered consecutively within each Congress (e.g., Treaty Doc. 99-1).

Once the President submits a treaty to the Senate for ratification, the treaty stays alive and carries the same publication number, regardless of the Congress, until it is ratified, defeated, or withdrawn.

To Access Senate Treaty Documents

Use these search forms:

Use these search criteria:

  • Keyword

  • Title

  • Subject

  • Geographical index term

  • Committee name

  • Bill number

  • Congressional number

  • LexisNexis accession number

  • SuDoc number

Highlights of what's covered as part of the basic subscription:

  • Abstracts and indexing for all treaty documents published from 1970 to present

Additional Information and Research Strategies

LexisNexis® Congressional provides access to Senate treaty documents through the Basic, Advanced, and Search by Number forms. All treaty document metadata records can be searched by keyword, title, subject or geographical index term, committee name, bill number, congressional number, LexisNexis accession number, and SuDoc number.

Tip: On the Advanced Search form, treaty documents can be accessed under the "document" publication type.

LexisNexis Congressional also makes available annotated indexing for Senate executive documents (treaty documents) issued from 1825-1969 through the optional historical indexes module.