The Center for Legislative Archives

Records of U.S. Senate Standing Committees

The Center for Legislative Archives has records of the Senate standing committees listed below. Standing committees are permanently authorized by Senate rules. 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 legislative.archives@nara.gov if the committee you are looking for is not included in this list.

Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences (1958-1977)

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (1977- )
Also includes Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (1884-1977); Committee on Agriculture (1825-1884)

Committee on Appropriations (1867- )

Committee on Armed Services (1947- )

Committee on Audit and Control of Contingent Expenses (1807-1946)

Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (1970- )
Committee on Banking and Currency (1913-1970)

Committee on the Budget (1974- )

Committee on the Civil Service (1921-1947)

Committee on Civil Service and Retrenchment (1873-1921)

Committee on Claims (1816-1946)

Committee on Coast Defenses (1885-1921)

Committee on Commerce (1816-1946)
Also includes Committee on Commerce and Manufactures

Committee on Commerce (1961-1977)
Also includes Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (1947-1961)

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (1977- )

Committee on the Conservation of Natural Resources (1909-1921)

Committee on the District of Columbia (1816-1977)

Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (1999- )
Also includes Committee on Labor and Human Resources (1978-1999); Committee on Human Resources (circa 1977-circa 1978); Committee on Labor and Public Welfare (1947-1977); Committee on Education and Labor (1870-1947); Committee on Education (1869-1870)

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (1977- )

Committee on Enrolled Bills (1789-1946)

Committee on Environment and Public Works (1977- )

Committee on Epidemic Diseases (1887-1896)

Committee to Establish a University of the United States (1896-1921)

Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments (1921-1952)

Committee on Finance (1816- )

Committee on Fisheries (1884-1921)

Committee on Foreign Relations (1816- )

Committee on Forest Reservations and the Protection of Game (1896-1921)

Committee on the Geological Survey (1899-1921)

Committee on Government Operations (1952-1977)

Committee on Government Affairs. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (1977-)
Also includes Committee on Government Operations. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (1952-1977); Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (1948-1952)

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (2005- )
Also includes Committee on Governmental Affairs (1977-2005)

Committee on Immigration (1889-1947)

Committee on Improvement of the Mississippi River and Its Tributaries (1879-1921)

Committee on Indian Affairs (1820-1946)

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

Committee on Indian Affairs. Indian Affairs Investigating Subcommittee (1928-1953)

Committee on Indian Depredations (1893-1921)

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

Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs (1948-1977)

Committee on Interoceanic Canals (1899-1946)

Committee on Interstate Commerce (1887-1946)

Committee on Investigation and Retrenchment (1871-1873)

Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation (1921-1946)
Also includes Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation of Arid Lands (1891-1921)

Committee on the Judiciary (1816- )

Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee to Investigate the Administration of the Internal Security Act and Other Internal Security Laws (1951-1977)

Committee on the Library (1877-1946)

Committee on Military Affairs (1816-1946)
Also includes Committee on Military Affairs and the Militia

Committee on Mines and Mining (1865-1946)

Committee on Naval Affairs (1816-1946)

Committee on Organization, Conduct, and Expenditures in Executive Departments (1899-1907)

Committee on the Pacific Railroad (1863-1873)

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

Committee on Patents (1869-1946)
Also includes Committee on Patents and the Patent Office (1837-1869)

Committee on Pensions (1816-1946)

Committee on Post Office and Civil Service (1947-1977)

Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads (1816-1946)

Committee on Printing (1841-1946)

Committee on Private Land Claims (1826-1921)

Committee on Privileges and Elections (1871-1946)

Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (1838-1946)

Committee on Public Health and National Quarantine (1896-1921)

Committee on Public Lands (1816-1948)

Committee on Public Works (1947-1977)

Committee on Railroads (1873-1921)

Committee on Retrenchment (1842-1857)

Committee on the Revision of the Laws (1868-1928)

Committee on Revolutionary Claims (1832-1921)

Committee on Roads and Canals (1820-1857)

Committee on Rules and Administration (1947- )
Also includes Committee on Rules (1874-1947)

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

Committee on Standards, Weights, and Measures (1909-1921)

Committee on Territories and Insular Affairs (1921-1946)
Also includes Committee on Territories and Insular Possessions (1921-1929); Committee on Territories (1844-1921); Committee on Pacific Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands (1920-1921); Committee on the Philippines (1899-1921); Committee on Pacific Islands and Puerto Rico (1899-1920)

Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard (1879-1921)

Committee on Veterans Affairs (1971- )

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