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Congressional Committee Documents

Harris & Ewing. Photograph of (left to right): Sen. Hattie W. Caraway (AK), Rep. Caroline O'Day (NY), and Rep. Mary T. Norton (NJ), Washington, DC. July 23, 1937. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Congressional Documents originate from congressional committees and cover a wide variety of topics and may include reports of executive departments and independent organizations, reports of special investigations made for Congress, and annual reports of non-governmental organizations. Congressional documents, along with Congressional reports, are part of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set.

Three types of Congressional Committee Documents are available:

  • House and Senate Documents contain various other materials ordered printed by both chambers of Congress
  • Senate Executive Documents contain the text of a Treaty as it is submitted to the U.S. Senate for ratification by the President of the United States
  • Senate Treaty Documents contain the text of a Treaty as it is submitted to the U.S. Senate for ratification by the President of the United States.

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Subscription Databases for Finding Congressional Committee Documents

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Free Resources for Finding Congressional Committee Documents

The Government Depository Collection at the Library of Congress

The Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room keeps the latest ten years of U.S. Government Documents in print or on microfiche as part of the U.S. Federal Government Depository Collection.  A SuDoc number is necessary in order to request these.  GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications can help you find the SuDoc numbers.