The Center for Legislative Archives

Researcher Talks

The Center for Legislative Archives has hosted a series of researcher talks that feature records from the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. The talks are recorded and available on the National Archives' YouTube channel

Struggle for Fairness
Ruth Ellen Wasmen discusses her book Struggle for Fairness.

Making the Modern American Fiscal State
Ajay Mehrotra discusses his book Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929.

Offspring of Our Own Choice
David Kyvig discusses amendments in constitutional practice.

Research Possibilites with North American Petitions
Dan Carpenter discusses research possibilities with North American petitions.

Hispanic Americans in Congress
Matthew Wasniewski discusses the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk's publication Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822 - 2012.

Sex on the Frontier
Rebecca Edwards discusses her book Multiplied U.S. Politics: Conquests and Women's Productive Labor 1803 to 1917

The Politics and History of National Identification Documents
Magdalena Krajewska discusses her research The Politics and History of National Identification Documents in the United States, 1915-2015

Speaker Battles, Then and Now
Charles Stewart discusses his book, co-authored with Jeffrey A. Jenkins, Fighting for the Senate: The House and the Rise of Party Government.


A Very Principled Boy
Mark Bradley discusses his book A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior.

National Sales Tax in the US and Great Britain, 1940-1973
Carl-Henry Geschwind discusses his book, Cheap Gasoline, Dear Petrol: Motor Fuels Taxation in Comparative Perspective, 1909-2009.

Building a Paper Trail
Glenn C. Frankel discusses his book The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of High Noon.

Buying the Vote
Robert E. Mutch discusses his book Buying the Vote: A History of Campaign Finance Reform.

The Early Years of US Joint Committees on Taxation and Some Current Implications
George Yin discusses his research in the committee's records and how the committee has shaped United States tax policies.

Reining in the State
Katherine A. Scott discusses her book Reining in The State: Civil Society and Congress in the Vietnam and Watergate Eras.

Coal and Empire
Peter A. Shulman discusses his book Coal and Empire: The Birth of Energy Security in Industrial America.

Electing the Senate
Charles Stewart discusses his book Electing the Senate: Indirect Democracy Before the Seventeenth Amendment.

Black Sailors and Citizenship in the Era of the Gag Rule
Kate Masur discusses her book  Police Powers: The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Origins of the Fourteenth Amendment..

Dear Senator: Estes Kefauver and the Anti-Crime Crusade in the South
Tammy Ingram discusses her book The Wickedest City in America: Sex, Race, and Organized Crime in the Jim Crow South.

Tax and Spend: The Welfare State, Tax Politics and the Limits of American Liberalism
Molly Michelmore discusses her book, Tax and Spend: The Welfare State, Tax Politics and the Limits of American Liberalism.