U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings, 1833+
Pre-1970 - Microfiche Cabinets 24, Drawer 5- Cabinet 25;
1970-1982 - Microfiche Cabinets 29, Drawer 1-Cabinet 30, Drawer 8;
1983+ - Microfiche Cabinets 60, Drawer 9 - Cabinet 64, Drawer 8
U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings include: senate, house and
joint committee hearings; reports; and documents.
"The majority of public hearings are designed to gather information and
opinions regarding proposed legislation. These hearings will usually be
conducted by the committee or subcommittee to which the bills are referred after
they are introduced.
The publications contain the full transcripts of the proceedings and are
traditionally arranged in the order of appearance of the witnesses. Included
within each publication is the record of both oral and written statements, the
question asked by committee members, and the discussion which usually follows
testimonies. Additional material may include the texts of reports, statistical
analyses, exhibits, and other items entered into the record either by the
witnesses or by committee members or staff. The testimonies of the witnesses are
often extremely valuable presentations which contain opinions and
interpretations of data from perspectives not available from other sources.
Witnesses may be academic experts, public or private interest groups and their
representatives, private individuals, technical experts, or elected officials
who have either been invited to present testimony or requested to participate in
How to search the collection:
The most comprehensive index for finding Congrssional hearings is
ProQuest Congressional. It covers hearings from
the first Congress in 1789 to the present. While some full-text excerpts
are available for these hearings in later years, the complete transcripts are
only available on microfiche.
Use the search box in this database to search for a topic area of legislation
or choose Search by Number to find hearings related to a specific piece of
The year of the Congress determines where to look in the microforms room for
the hearing and the information you need to locate the hearing.
For hearings prior to 1970, two resources are available:
1. Use the search box to look up your topic or public
2. This will bring up a list of documents
related to the legislation. Use the options in the box on the right to
narrow the results just to hearings.
3. Note the CIS Number of any hearing you
wish to access on microfiche. Example: 80
S877-15 (a Senate hearing from the 80th Congress) or 73-H401-38 (a House hearing
from the 73rd Congress).
4 Use this CIS Number to find the
microfiche containing the hearing. Pre-1970 hearings are housed in
Microfiche Cabinets 24, Drawer 5 - Cabinet 25.
Congressional Committee Hearing Index (Reference KF 40 C57).
are indexes by: subject and organization; title; bill number;
Superintendent of Documents Classification Numbers; and report and document
numbers. The index gives you numbers which refer you to the Reference
Bibliographies in the index.
1. Look up your subject in the Index to Subjects and Organizations.
Write down the CIS Accession Number.
2. Look at the User Instructions below to get a better idea of what kind of
CIS Accession Number you have. It is important to pay attention to the
Group Number for your CIS Accession Number.
Group I A (as described above) can be a bit of a problem. The "H200" is
expressed on the top of the microfiche as a volume number, "Vol. 200". The "1"
is the place in all the microfiche for "Vol.200" where your document starts.
The "A" is a part of your document.
3. Either go to Cabinet 24, Drawer 5 - Cabinet 26, Drawer 3 to get the
actual hearing or look at the Reference Bibliography in the index (listed
by CIS Accession Number) to get a little bit more information about your
Hearings 1970 -1983
1. For this period, obtain the
CIS Number for hearings through ProQuest Congressional as described above.
2. Go to the Serial Set
collection. This is
Cabinet 29 Drawer 1 -
Cabinet 30 Drawer 8
. Hearings are interfiled along with
other Congressional documents (prints, reports, etc.) by CIS Number.
CIS Number Example
The "78" is the year. "H" is for house. "70" the committee, office or special
category; "1" = hearing; "1" sequential number of the publication.
ProQuest Congressional to look up your topic.
2. Hearings from this period are organized by SuDoc number
rather than CIS number. Any hearing record you pull up will give you the SuDoc Number for
locating the hearing.
SuDoc Number example
Y4.Sci2 is the SuDoc stem number. Y4 always stands for a Congressional
Hearing. 95/19 is the book number. (See
Documents Classification System for details)
3. Go to Microfiche Cabinet 60, Drawer 9 - Cabinet 64, Drawer 8 to find the
hearing that you want.
Review of Guides:
Congressional Committee Hearing Index (Reference KF 40 C57)
CIS Annual 1970-1998 (Reference KF 49 C62)
For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out
Legislative Hearings United States
Time Period: 19th Century 20th Century 21st Century
Subject keywords: Congressional papers, Law
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