The Center for Legislative Archives

Records of U.S. Senate Select Committees

The Center for Legislative Archives has records of the Senate select committees listed below. Select committees are appointed to perform a special function that is beyond the authority or capacity of a standing committee, and expire on completion of their assigned duty. For an overview of Senate records, please see the Guide to the Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789-1989, which discusses the jurisdiction, history, and records created by each committee.

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.

Select Committee on Ethics (1977- )
Related to Select Committee on Standards and Conduct (1964-1977)

Select Committee on Government Organization (1937-1942)

Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field (1957-1960)
Also known as Senate Rackets Committee

Select Committee on Indian Affairs (1977-1993)
Also includes Committee on Indian Affairs (1993- )

Select Committee on Industrial Expeditions (1899-1909)
Also includes Committee on Industrial Expositions 1909-1921

Select Committee on Intelligence (1976- )

Select Committee on Investigation of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (1924-1925)

Select Committee on the Investigation of the Veterans Bureau (1923-1925)

Select Committee to Investigate Production, Transportation and Marketing of Wool (1935-1946)

Select Committee on National Water Resources (1959-1961)

Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs (1968-1977)

Select Committee on Pacific Railroads (1889-1893)
Also includes Select Committee on Pacific Railroads (1893-1921)

Select Committee on Post Office Leases (1930-1932)

Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (1973-1974)
Also known as Ervin Committee; Watergate Committee

Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs (1991-1993)
Also known as Select Committee on Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Affairs

Select Committee on Small Business (1950-1981)
Also includes Committee on Small Business (1981-)

Select Committee to Study Law Enforcement Undercover Activities of Components of the Department of Justice (1982-1983)

Temporary Select Committee to Study the Committee System (1976-1977)

Temporary Select Committee to Study the Committee System (1984)