Legislative history refers to the documentation created during the legislative process. Researchers often look for legislative history documents to help them interpret a statute when the language is vague, to determine how a statute applies to a particular situation or to learn the rationale for why a statute was passed.
Many compiled legislative histories on bankruptcy law already exist, so you may not need to start your research from scratch. Consult the compiled legislative histories referenced on this page before compiling your own history. For additional information, see our Federal Legislative History Research Guide.
Law review articles are excellent sources for legislative history information related to statutes.
Try searching in the Index to Legal Periodicals for scholarly articles. For articles published prior to 1981, search in the Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective 1908-1981 database.
The Appendix to Collier on Bankruptcy (10th floor KF1524 .C69 2009, available in Lexis) includes detailed legislative history information beginning with the Bankruptcy Act of 1898 through current Code.
The most comprehensive legislative history resource related to bankruptcy is the following database:
There are also specific compiled legislative histories related to individual acts.
A History Of The Bankruptcy Law by F. Regis Noel, originally published in 1919. 10th floor KF1524 .N6 and available via HeinOnline
Debt's Dominion : A History Of Bankruptcy Law In America by David A. Skeel, Jr - 10th floor KF1526 .S59 2001