Historical Documents of the Legislative Branch

The North Carolina General Assembly, also known as the Legislative Branch of the state government, created many documents that were intended to serve as a historical record for their actions. Some items were created to document specific actions of each portion of the legislature, such as the Journals of the Senate and the Journals of the House of Representatives. Other items were created to document collaborative efforts such as the Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly. Compilations have also been authorized to summarize or to collect specific items into meaningful books for other purposes, such as the Public Documents of the General Assembly for a given session, or the Collections of Acts for a combination of years.

The reader will find that many of the same types of documents were named differently as time passed. For example, the General Assembly began to issue "The Laws of the State of North Carolina" in 1817 for each year. In 1823, these were renamed to "Acts Passed by the General Assembly" on a yearly basis. In 1836, the name reverted back to the "Laws of the State of North Carolina," but instead of being issued yearly, they were issued bi-annually. In 1854, the General Assembly issued separate compilations of "Public Laws" vs. "Private Laws" bi-annually. In 1873, these were renamed to "Public Laws and Resolutions" vs. "Private Laws." In 1883, all were combined into a single document titled "Laws and Resolutions." In 1893, "Public" vs. "Private" laws were again separated. From 1911 to 1919, "Public-Local Laws" were separated from "Private Laws." The "Private Laws" were subsequently issued sporadically through 1941. From 1943 onward, all were published under the title of "Session Laws" and issued mostly bi-annually, with a few exceptions when new laws were passed during "Special Sessions" or "Extra Sessions" of the General Assembly.

From 1777 to 1820, the General Assembly retained their Journals and Legislative Acts, also known as Session Laws. In 1820, the General Assembly began to compile all of their Legislative Acts into "General Statutes," and these were updated approximately every twenty years or so.

FYI, the documents below had their own purpose and intended audience. Some were not prepared for every year or session. All items identified with a "Year or Name" have been found and are included herein to be viewed or downloaded. Items identified as " - " have not been found by this Author as yet or may not exist for whatever reason. As you will find, no documents have been found online for the years of 1791 through 1816. You will also find that some of the originals that were scanned were in terrible shape, so be aware that there are plenty of issues with some of these documents. If better versions can be found, the poor quality items will be replaced.

This Author has made an extensive search to find all possible versions of these historical documents in electronic format - specifically in Adobe PDF - and to post as many of these eBooks as possible in this one location to help researchers find specifics that have been scattered all across the 'Net. Not all versions have been located, and the Author sincerely wishes that others might dig out the missing items and transmit them to me such that they can be added here. If I come across missing items, they will be added here when possible.

Gen.
Ass'y
No.

Year(s)

Document Type

Journals of
the Senate

Journals of
the House

Acts / Laws

Executive & Legislative
Documents

1st

1777

1777

1777

1777

-

2nd

1778-1779

1778-1779

1778-1779

1778-1779

-

3rd

1779

1779

1779

1779

-

4th

1780-1781

1780-1781 Part 3

1780-1781 Part 3

1780-1781

-

5th

1781

1781

1781

1781

-

6th

1782

1782

1782

1782

-

7th

1783

1783

1783

1783

-

8th

1784 Apr.-Jun.

Not Found

1784 April-June

1784 April-June

-

9th

1784 Oct.-Nov.

1784 Oct.-Nov.

1784 Oct.-Nov.

1784 Oct.-Nov.

-

10th

1785

1785

1785

1785

-

11th

1786-1787

1786-1787

1786-1787

1786-1787

-

12th

1787

1787

1787

1787

-

13th

1788

1788

1788

1788

-

14th

1789

1789

1789

1789

-

15th

1790

1790

1790

1790

-

16th

1791-1792

-

-

-

-

17th

1792-1793

-

-

-

-

18th

1793-1794

-

-

-

-

19th

1794-1795

-

-

-

-

20th

1795

-

-

-

-

21st

1796

-

-

-

-

22nd

1797

-

-

-

-

23rd

1798

-

-

-

-

24th

1799

-

-

-

-

25th

1800

-

-

-

-

26th

1801

-

-

-

-

27th

1802

-

-

-

-

28th

1803

-

-

-

-

29th

1804

-

-

-

-

30th

1805

-

-

-

-

31st

1806

-

-

-

-

32nd

1807

-

-

-

-

33rd

1808

-

-

-

-

34th

1809

-

-

-

-

35th

1810

-

-

-

-

36th

1811

-

-

-

-

37th

1812

-

-

-

-

38th

1813

-

-

-

-

39th

1814

-

-

-

-

40th

1815

-

-

-

-

41st

1816

-

-

-

-

42nd

1817

-

-

1817

-

43rd

1818

-

-

1818

-

44th

1819

-

-

1819

-

45th

1820

-

-

1820

-

46th

1821

-

-

1821

-

47th

1822

1822

1822

1822

-

48th

1823-1824

1823

1823

1823 / 1824

-

49th

1824-1825

-

-

-

-

50th

1825-1826

1825

1825

1825

-

51st

1826-1827

1826-1827

1826-1827

1826 / 1827

-

52nd

1827-1828

1827-1828

1827-1828

1827-1828

-

53rd

1828-1829

1828-1829

1828-1829

1828-1829

-

54th

1829-1830

1829-1830

1829-1830

1829-1830

-

55th

1830-1831

1830-1831

1830-1831

1830-1831

-

56th

1831-1832

1831-1832

1831-1832

1831-1832

1831-1835

57th

1832-1833

1832-1833

1832-1833

1832-1833

58th

1833-1834

1833-1834

1833-1834

1833-1834

59th

1834-1835

1834-1835

1834-1835

1834-1835

60th

1835

1835

1835

1835

1835

61st

1836-1837

1836-1837

1836-1837

1836-1837

1836 / 1837
1836-1837 Misc. Vol. I
1836-1837 Misc. Vol. II

62nd

1838-1839

1838-1839

1838-1839

1838-1839

1838

63rd

1840-1841

1840-1841

1840-1841

1840-1841

1840-1841

64th

1842-1843

1842-1843

1842-1843

1842-1843

1842-1843

65th

1844-1845

1844-1845

1844-1845

1844-1845

1844-1845

66th

1846-1847

1846-1847

1846-1847

1846-1847

1846-1847

67th

1848-1849

1848-1849

1848-1849

1848-1849

1848-1849

68th

1850-1851

1850-1851

1850-1851

1850-1851

1850-1851 Vol. I
1850-1851 Vol. II

69th

1852

1852

1852

1852

1852
1852 House & Senate Misc.

70th

1854-1855

1854-1855

1854-1855

Private Laws 1854-1855
Public Laws 1854-1855

1854-1855 Vol. I
1854-1855 Vol. II

71st

1856-1857

1856-1857

1856-1857

Private Laws 1856-1857
Public Laws 1856-1857

1856-1857

72nd

1858-1859

1858-1859

1858-1859

Private Laws 1858-1859
Public Laws 1858-1859

1858-1859

73rd

1860-1861

1860-1861

1860-1861

Private Laws 1860-1861
Public Laws 1860-1861
Public and Private Laws 1861 Extra Session #2

1860-1861

74th

1862-1864

1862-1863
1863 Extra Session

1863-1864

1862-1863
1863-1864

Private Laws 1862-1863
Public Laws 1862-1863
Public/Private Laws 1863
Public/Private Laws 1864

1862-1863
1863-1864

75th

1864-1865

1864-1865

1864-1865

Private Laws 1864-1865
Public Laws 1864-1865

1864-1866

76th

1865-1866

1865-1866

1865-1866

Private Laws 1865-1866
Public Laws 1865-1866

77th

1866-1867

1866-1867

1866-1867

Private Laws 1866-1867
Public Laws 1866-1867

1866-1867

78th

1868-1869

1868
1868-1869

1868
1868-1869

1868
Private Laws 1868-1869
Public Laws 1868-1869

1868-1869

79th

1870-1872

1869-1870
1870-1871
1871-1872

1869-1870
1870-1871
1871-1872

Private Laws 1869-1870
Public Laws 1869-1870
Private Laws 1870-1871
Public Laws 1870-1871
Private Laws 1871-1872
Public Laws 1871-1872

1869-1870
1870-1871
1871-1872

80th

1872-1874

1872-1873
1873-1874

1872-1873
1873-1874

Private Laws 1872-1873
Public Laws 1872-1873
1873-1874

1872-1873
1873-1874

81st

1874-1875

1874-1875

1874-1875

1874-1875

1874-1875

82nd

1876-1877

1876-1877

1876-1877

1876-1877

1876-1877

83rd

1879-1880

1879
1880 Special Session

1879
1880 Special Session

1879
1880

1879
1880 Special Session

84th

1881

1881

1881

1881

1881

85th

1883

1883

1883

1883

1883

86th

1885

1885

1885

1885

1885

87th

1887

1887

1887

1887

1887

88th

1889

1889

1889

1889

1889

89th

1891

1891

1891

1891

1891

90th

1893

1893

1893

Private Laws 1893
Public Laws 1893

1893

91st

1895

1895

1895

Private Laws 1895
Public Laws 1895

1895

92nd

1897

1897

1897

Private Laws 1897
Public Laws 1897

1897

93rd

1899-1900

1899
1900

1899
1900

Private Laws 1899
Public Laws 1899

1899

94th

1901

1901

1901

Private Laws 1901
Public Laws 1901

1901 Vol. I, Part 1
1901 Vol. II

95th

1903

1903

1903

Private Laws 1903
Public Laws 1903

1903 Vol. I, Part 1
1903 Vol. I, Part 2
1903 Vol. II

96th

1905

1905

1905

Private Laws 1905
Public Laws 1905

1905 Vol. I
1905 Vol. II

97th

1907-1908

1907
1908 Extra Session

1907

Private Laws 1907
Public Laws 1907
Public Laws 1908 Extra
Private Laws 1908 Extra

1907 Vol. I
1907 Vol. II

98th

1909

1909

1909

Private Laws 1909
Public Laws 1909

1909 Vol. I (Not Found)
1909 Vol. II
1909 Vol. III

99th

1911

1911

1911

Private Laws 1911
Public Laws 1911
Public Local Laws 1911

1911 Vol. I
1911 Vol. II

100th

1913

1913

1913

Private Laws 1913
Public Laws 1913
Public Local Laws 1913

1913

101st

1915

1915

1915

Private Laws 1915
Public Laws 1915
Public Local Laws 1915

-

102nd

1917

1917

1917

Public Laws 1917
Public Local Laws 1917
Private Laws 1917

1917

103rd

1919-1920

1919

1919 / 1920

Public Laws 1919
Public Local Laws 1919
Private Laws 1919
Public Laws 1920 Extra

1919

104th

1921

1921

1921

Public Laws 1921
Public Local Laws 1921
Private Laws 1921 Extra

-

105th

1923-1924

1923
1924 Extra Session

1923
1924 Extra Session

Public Laws 1923
Public Local Laws 1923
Private Laws 1923
Public Laws 1924 Extra
Public Local Laws 1924
Private Laws 1924 Extra

-

106th

1925

1925

1925

Public Laws 1925
Public Local Laws 1925
Private Laws 1925

-

107th

1927

1927

1927

Public Laws 1927

-

108th

1929

1929

1929

Public Laws 1929
Public Local Laws 1929
Private Laws 1929

-

109th

1931

1931

1931

Public Laws 1931
Public Local Laws 1931
Private Laws 1931

-

110th

1933

1933

1933

Public Laws 1933
Public Local Laws 1933
Private Laws 1933

-

111th

1935-1936

1935
1936 Extra and 1937

1935 / 1936

Public Laws 1935
Public Local Laws 1935
Private Laws 1935
Public Laws 1936-1937

-

112th

1937-1938

1938 Extra and 1939

1938

Public Laws 1938-1939
Public Local Laws '38-'39
Private Laws 1939

-

113th

1939

1939

-

114th

1941

1941

1941

Public Laws 1941
Public Local Laws 1941
Private Laws 1941

-

115th

1943

1943

1943

Session Laws 1943

-

116th

1945

1945

1945

Session Laws 1945

-

117th

1947

1947

1947

Session Laws 1947

-

118th

1949

1949

1949

Session Laws 1949

-

119th

1951

1951

1951

Session Laws 1951

-

120th

1953

1953

1953

Session Laws 1953

-

121st

1955-1956

1955

1955

Session Laws 1955

-

122nd

1957

1956-1957

1956-1957

Session Laws 1956-1957

-

123rd

1959

1959

1959

Session Laws 1959

-

124th

1961

1961

1961

Session Laws 1961

-

125th

1963

1963

1963

Session Laws 1963
Session Laws 1963-1965

-

126th

1965-1966

1965-1966

1965-1966

Session Laws 1965-1967

-

127th

1967

1967

1967

-

128th

1969

1969

1969

Session Laws 1969

-

129th

1971

1971

1971

Session Laws 1971

-

130th

1973-1974

1973 / 1974

1973 / 1974

Session Laws 1973
Session Laws 1974

-

131st

1975-1976

1975 / 1976

1975 / 1976

Session Laws 1975
Session Laws 1976

-

132nd

1977-1978

1977 / 1978

1977 / 1978

Session Laws 1977
Session Laws 1978

-

133rd

1979-1980

1979 / 1980

1979 / 1980

Session Laws 1979
Session Laws 1980

-

134th

1981-1982

1981 / 1982

1981 / 1982

Session Laws 1981
Session Laws 1982

-

135th

1983-1984

1983 / 1984

1983 / 1984

Session Laws 1983
Session Laws 1984

-

136th

1985-1986

1985 / 1986

1985 / 1986

Session Laws 1985
Session Laws 1986

-

137th

1987-1988

1987 / 1988

1987 / 1988

Session Laws '87 Vol. I
Session Laws '87 Vol. II
Session Laws 1988

-

138th

1989-1990

1989 / 1990

1989 / 1990

Session Laws '89 Vol. I
Session Laws '89 Vol. II
Session Laws '89 Extra and 1990

-

139th

1991-1992

1991 / 1992

1991 / 1992

Session Laws '91 Vol. I
Session Laws '91 Vol. II

-

140th

1993-1994

1993 / 1994

1993 / 1994

Session Laws '93 Vol. I
Session Laws '93 Vol. II
Session Laws 1994

-

141st

1995-1996

1995 / 1996

1995 / 1996

Session Laws '95 Vol. I
Session Laws '95 Vol. II
Session Laws 1996

-

142nd

1997-1998

1997 Volume I
1997 Volume II
1998 Extra Session

1997 Volume I
1997 Volume II
1998

Session Laws '97 Vol. I
Session Laws '97 Vol. II
Session Laws '98 Vol. I
Session Laws '98 Vol. II

-

143rd

1999-2000

1999
2000 Extra Session

1999 Volume I
1999 Volume II

Session Laws '99 Vol. I
Session Laws '99 Vol. II
Session Laws 2000

-

144th

2001-2002

2001 Volume I
2001 Volume II
2002
2002 Extra Session

2001 Volume I
2001 Volume II
2002
2002 Extra Session

Session Laws 2001
Session Laws 2002

-

145th

2003-2004

2003
2003 Extra Session 1
2003 Extra Session 2
2004
2004 Extra Session 3

2003 Volume I
2003 Volume II
2003 Extra Session 1
2003 Extra Session 2
2004
2004 Extra Session 3

Session Laws 2003
Session Laws '04 Extra

-

146th

2005-2006

2005
2006

2005 Volume I
2005 Volume II
2006

Session Laws 2005
Session Laws 2006

-

147th

2007-2008

2007
2007 Extra Session
2008
2008 Extra Session 2

2007 Volume I
2007 Volume II
2007 Extra Session
2008
2008 Extra Session

Session Laws 2007
Session Laws 2008

-

148th

2009-2010

2009
2010

2009 Volume I
2009 Volume II
2010

Session Laws 2009
Session Laws 2010

-

149th

2011-2012

2011 Volume I
2011 Volume II
2012

2011 Volume I
2011 Volume II
2012

Session Laws 2011
Session Laws 2012

-

150th

2013-2014

2013 Volume I
2013 Volume II
2014

2013 Volume I
2013 Volume II
2014

Session Laws 2013
Session Laws 2014

-

151st

2015-2016

-

-

-

-

152nd

2017-2018

-

-

-

-


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