ERIC Number: ED316467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Guide to the Records of the United States Senate at the National Archives, 1789-1989. Bicentennial Edition.
Coren, Robert W.; And Others
Nearly 20,000 cubic feet of U.S. Senate records are currently entrusted to the care of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This guide to those records is divided into 22 chapters. Chapter 1 describes the published records of Congress and related published research tools. It provides general information about the National Archives Senate file classification system, the arrangement of the unpublished paper records, and how to access the Senate records. Chapters 2 through 17 describe the records of each Senate standing committee for which the National Archives has records from the beginning of the standing committee system in 1816 to 1968. There is one chapter for each of the standing committees and each is divided into chronological periods. Chapters 18 and 19 describe records of the Senate select and special committees and the joint committees of Congress. Chapters 20 and 21 concern the noncommittee records and executive proceedings of the Senate. Chapter 22 discusses the committee and noncommittee records of the Senate from 1969-1988. Most of these records are closed to research at this time, but they are described briefly to inform researchers about materials that will be available in the future. The guide also includes as appendices lists of majority and minority leaders, a list of secretaries of the Senate, beginning and ending dates for each Congress, a glossary of legislative and archival terms used in the guide, a selected bibliography, a list of published and unpublished finding aids to Senate records, and a list of National Archives microfilm publications of Senate records. (JB)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.