Legislative Branch


The Center for Legislative Archives has partnered with the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) since its opening in 2008 to display historic documents from the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and the National Archives. The Center works closely with the CVC to curate rotating exhibits featuring landmark legislation and other treasures from the records of Congress.

The Exhibition Hall at the CVC features the only exhibit in the country dedicated to telling the story of Congress and the history of the Capitol. New rotations in the Exhibition Hall are installed twice a year, in March and September. The Center features highlights from upcoming and new rotations on Tumblr. A small selection of those features can be found below.

House Committee on Un-American Activities Press Release for a Hearing on Communist Influences in the Motion Picture Industry, 9/19/1947, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives

Deluxe .22 Caliber Revolver, 1965, Records of the U.S. Senate

“Wall Street Bears,” cartoon by Clifford Berryman, April 30, 1932, U.S. Senate Collection (NAID 6012115)

Senate Changes to the House Declaration of War, 6/17/1812, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives

Telegram from the mayor of Baltimore in favor of officially recognizing the "Star-Spangled Banner" as the National Anthem, 1/1/1930, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives

Rhode Island Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, 1/6/1920, Records of the U.S. Senate