The National Archives Catalog

Begin Congress

Mandatory Repeatable Data Type Authority Level Available A/V Only Public Elenent
No No Numeric (3) Begin Congress Authority List

Record Group
File Unit

No Yes


Definition: The beginning number of the Congress during which the archival materials were created.


Purpose: The House and Senate committees archive and transfer their records by Congress and researchers often request records by Congress number. In addition, citations for legislation, hearings, and other committee publications use Congress number. This field allows staff and researchers to conduct more effective searches of Congressional records and to associate committee publications with related archival materials.


Relationship: This element is related to End Congress.


Guidance: Enter the first applicable Congress number.




[For the 110th Congress.]


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