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U.S. immigration and nationality law grew and changed since 1790.  Before 1952 Congress passed, revised, and repealed a variety of laws, many of which were in force at the same time.  With the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 Congress codified all laws into one comprehensive act.  The publications listed below detail prior law and assist researchers in identifying the law and policy in force on a given date between 1893 and 1945.


The following titles are available in the library in hardcopy:

  • Opinions and letters of the Solicitor (Department of Labor) 1913-1923
Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/08/2015