The Center for Legislative Archives

Other Resources

This is a select list of research resources outside of the National Archives that might be helpful to congressional researchers.

These resources are organized in four categories:

U.S. Congress

U.S. Senate

The official website of the U.S. Senate.

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

The Biographical Directory provides access to key biographical information about U.S. Senators and Representatives from 1774 to the present.

Legislative Branch Organizations

Architect of the Capitol

The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development, and preservation of the U.S. Capitol buildings and grounds.

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

The Congressional Budget Office produces independent reports to support the Congressional budget process.

General Accountability Office (GAO)

The General Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that conducts audits and investigations on behalf of Congress.

Library of Congress

As the research arm of Congress, the Library of Congress manages several research resources, including:

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

The Capitol Visitor Center features an exhibition hall, theater, and guided tours of the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)

The U.S. Government Printing Office manages the Federal Digital System (FDsys), which includes the full text of many congressional publications, including bills, laws, committee prints, hearings, documents, and the Congressional Record.

Members' Papers and Congressional Research Centers

Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC)

The Association of Centers for the Study of Congress encourages the preservation of material that documents the work of Congress, including the papers of representatives and senators, and supports programs that make those materials available for educational and research use. ACSC manages a directory of member institutions, many of which house archival collections of the papers of current and former members of the House of Representatives, Senate, and other related research collections.

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

The Biographical Directory includes a list of related research collections for each member.

Congressional Collections Index

The Center for Legislative Archives maintains an index of archival repositories and congressional collections to assist researchers in locating the papers U.S. senators and representatives. Please note that additions to the index can only be made at the request of the holding institution.

Other Online Resources

Cyber Cemetery at the University of North Texas

The Cyber Cemetery includes harvested websites from the legislative branch, including legislative commissions.

Federal Depository Libraries

Federal Depository Libraries contain information products from the Federal Government and are located nationwide. To locate a nearby Federal Depository Library, visit the Federal Depository Library Directory.

Federal Election Commission

The Federal Election Commission administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act.

Federal Register

The Federal Register provides access to the official text of Federal laws, presidential documents, and administrative regulations and notices of the U.S. government. The Federal Register also administers the Electoral College.


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