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Congressional Publications: Committee Hearings

Finding historical and current congressional information at the UNT Libraries and on the Internet.

Congressional Committee Hearings

A hearing is a meeting or session of a senate, house, joint, or special committee of congress, usually open to the public, to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest.

Most congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held. Not all congressional hearings are available to the public. Whether or not a hearing is disseminated depends on the committee. Some hearings may be available as audio or video files but not in transcription.

Full Text Sources

Online

GovInfo.gov (1985 to current)

ProQuest Congressional 

House committee Web sites (range and availability varies by committee)

Senate committee Web sites (range and availability varies by committee)

Capitol Hearings: A Service of C-SPAN (Daily congressional hearings broadcast live on the Internet. Browse by committee.)

Paper

Paper hearings (ca. 1950–current) in Remote Storage

Microfiche

(Ask at Service Desk for assistance with microfiche.)

GPO (ca. 1983–current) 

Historical hearings:

Greenwood Press U.S. Congressional Hearings (Senate Library)

  • House (1906–1958)
  • Senate (1869–1958)
  • Documented Hearings (1833–1933)

Greenwood Press U.S. Congressional Hearings Supplement (ca. 1876?–1926?)

CIS U.S. Congressional Hearings Supplement (ca. 1869?–1917?)

Finding Tools and Summaries

Online

ProQuest Congressional (1833–current)

FDSys (1985–current [not comprehensive])

Online Catalog

Paper

CIS U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings Index (1833–1969) in Government Documents Abstracts & Indexes, Third Floor Willis Library

CIS Annual (1970–2000) in Government Documents Abstracts & Indexes, Third Floor Willis Library

CIS Index (2001–2008) in Government Documents Abstracts & Indexes, Third Floor Willis Library

Microfiche

Witness index to the U.S. Congressional Hearings (1839-1966) in microfiche cabinet 32, Third Floor Willis Library

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