The Center for Legislative Archives

Records of Joint Committees of the U.S. Congress

The Center for Legislative Archives has records of the joint committees listed below. Joint committees include membership from both the House and the Senate. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation. For an overview of joint committee records, please see the Guide to the Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1789-1989 or the Guide to the Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789-1989, which discuss the jurisdiction, history, and records created by joint committees.

Each committee's link will take you to its organization authority record in the National Archives' Catalog, which provides more information. To view descriptions of the committee's records, click on the link(s) under "Role(s)" in the organization authority record.

Most of the Center's records are located at the National Archives building in Washington, DC. Detailed contact information can be found at the bottom of each description record in the Catalog.

Please contact the Center by phone at (202) 357-5350 or by email at if the committee you are looking for is not included in this list.

Note: Access to the records of joint committees follow the access policy of whichever chamber transferred them to the Center's custody. Contact the Center for access information on the joint committee that interests you.

Congressional Aviation Policy Board (1947-1948)

Joint Commission on the Ford's Theater Disaster (1894-1897)

Joint Committee Appointed to Prepare Measures to Honor the Memory of General George Washington (1799-1800)

Joint Committee Appointed to Prepare a System of Rules in Cases of Conference (1789-1790)

Joint Committee on Atomic Energy (1946-1977)

Joint Committee on Bicentennial Arrangements (1975-1976)

Joint Committee on the Centennial of the Birth of George Washington (1832-1838)

Joint Committee of Conference on the Missouri Bill (1820)

Joint Committee of Congress on Inaugural Ceremonies (circa 1965- )

Joint Committee on Congressional Operations (1970-1977)

Joint Committee on Defense Production (1950-1977)

Joint Committee on the Disposition of Executive Papers (1935-1970)
Also includes Joint Committee on the Disposition of Useless Papers (1889-1970)

Joint Committee on Housing (1947-1948)

Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (1940- )

Joint Committee to Investigate Dirigible Disasters (1933)

Joint Committee to Investigate the Tennessee Valley Authority (1938-1939)

Joint Committee on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack (1945-1946)

Joint Committee on Labor-Management Relations (1947-1949)

Joint Committee on the Library (1806- )

Joint Committee on the Mode of Communication Between the Two Houses (1789)

Joint Committee on Muscle Shoals (1926)

Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress (1944-1946)

Joint Committee of the Organization of the Congress (1965-1966)

Joint Committee on Printing (1846- )

Joint Committee on Public Property in the Hands of the President (circa 1799-1801)

Joint Committee on the Reduction of Federal Expenditures (1941-1975)

Joint Committee on the Revision of the Laws (1907-1910)

Joint Committee on Taxation (1976- )
Also includes Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation (1926-1976)

Joint Committee on Veterans Affairs (1932-1933)

Joint Committee on Washington Metropolitan Problems (1957-1960)

Joint Economic Committee (1946- )

Joint Study Committee on Budget Control (1972-1973)