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 Fairnes
Ruth Ellen Wasmen discusses how repealing the national origins quota altered future flows.

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 Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822 - 2012.

Sex on the Frontier
Rebecca Edwards discusses Sex on the Frontier.

Speaker Battles, Then and Now
Charles Stewart discusses Speaker Battels, Then and Now.

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 comparative study of sales taxes.

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

Buying the Vote
Robert E. Mutch discusses the history of campaign finance from the first Federal legislation in 1907 to the Citizens United decision.

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 Reining in The State: Civil Society and Congress in the Vietnam and Watergate Eras.

Coal and Empire
Peter A. Shulman describes how coal allowed Americans to rethink the geopolitics of energy and America's place in the world.

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

Dear Senator: Estes Kefauver and the Anti-Crime Crusade in the South
Tammy Ingram discusses her research and book project, 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 research for her book, Tax and Spend: The Welfare State, Tax Politics and the Limits of American Liberalism.