Indexed by the Congressional
The following are all indexed by the Congressional Information Service:
Types of CIS Microform
Both houses of Congress hold hearings into proposed legislation. The text
of these hearings on microform includes testimony of witnesses and discussion of
Committee prints are called the “homework of Congress". Prepared by
committee research staffs, by the Library of Congress, or by independent
consultants, they have been a means of providing members with the authoritative
background information needed to consider complex issues of national policy.
The U.S. Serial Set includes material related to Congressional bills that
does not fall neatly into the above categories. This may include:
Congressional publications, such
as committee reports on public and private legislation, House and
Senate journals, directories, rule manuals, and histories of Congress and
publications, including Department and agency annual reports and special
publications, including reprints from magazines and newspapers, professional
The first step in finding this material is in knowing
where it is indexed. Different indexes are available depending on the date
of the bill
Online indexing available from
1789 onward; some
full text available online after 1980
Serial Set Index (Reference Z1223 Z9 C65 1975)
U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings Index
(Reference KF 40 C57)
Multi-part index of Congressional hearings from 1833 to 1969, divided according
to time periods. Each set lists hearings by number and indicates the CIS
access information for locating that hearing on microfiche. Indexing is
also available by bill name and by organization or agency. A numerical
listing of bill numbers lists hearings held on that bill. The sets are
organized as shown below:
23rd-64th Cong. (Dec. 1833-Mar. 1917)
Part 2: 65th-68th Cong. (Apr. 1917-Mar. 1925)
Part 3: 69th-73rd Cong. (Dec. 1925-1934)--
Part 4: 74th-78th Cong. (1935-1944)--
Part 5: 79th-82nd Cong. (1945-1952)--
Part 6: 83rd-85th Cong. (1953-1958)--
Part 7: 86th-88th Cong. (1959-1964)--
Part 8: 89th-91st Cong. (1965-1969)
Locating Microfilm - Pre-1970
For Congressional activity prior to 1982, nearly all
information is available on microfiche. This is available in the microform
reading room in Microfiche Cabinets 24-30. On any index citation,
note the CIS (Congressional Information Service) number, the designation for the
type of document (Published Hearing, Unpublished Hearing, Committee Print,
Serial-Set) and the designation of the appropriate chamber (S for Senate; H for
House of Representatives).
Published Hearings (Pre-1970) (Pickler Memorial
Library has complete set.)
Cabinet 24 Drawer 5 - Cabinet 25
Unpublished Senate Hearings (1823-1964, 1965-1968)
Cabinet 27 Drawers 1-2
Committee Prints (Pre-1970)
Cabinet 26 Drawers
Serial Set (1789-1969)
Cabinet 27 Drawer 4 -
Cabinet 28 Drawer 7
Locating Microfilm - 1970+
CIS/Serial Set Collection (1970-1983)
Drawer 1 - Cabinet 30 Drawer 8
From 1970-1983, hearings,
committee prints, and serial set items are interfiled together under the
designation CIS/Serial Set.
The CIS numbering system from 1970 is important to understand.
Numbers look like this: H491 or
S232 or J261 (H is for House, S is for Senate, and J is for
The first two digits represent a particular committee and are used
continuously each year. The LAST DIGIT represents the TYPE of material.
This is VERY IMPORTANT to note when using the indexes. Items ending with:
0 = House or Senate documents or special publications
1 = Hearings
2 = Committee prints
3 = House or Senate reports
4 = Senate Executive reports
5 = Senate Executive documents (Senate treaty documents)
Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) Collection (1983+)
From 1983 onward, hearings
and committee prints are interfiled with other government documents and
accessed by SuDoc number (e.g. Y4 ). This collection is not complete
and receipt of the microfiche may lag by a year or more. Serial Set
items continue to be housed in the CIS Collection
Index of Congressional hearings and
publications available from 1789 onward. Searchable by a variety of
fields, including P.L. number, bill number, committee, or sponsor.
Use these subject headings in Truman's Library Catalog to find microforms and
other materials related to Congressional legislation.
Legislative Hearings United States
Government publications -- United States.
Bills, Legislative -- United States.
Legislative histories -- United States.
United States. Congress -- Committees
United States -- Politics and government.
United States. Congress. Senate -- Committees.
Time Period: 18th Century 19th Century 20th Century
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