Monday, November 3, 2008

Historical Congressional Committee Hearings Digitized

The Law Library of Congress and Google are cooperating in a project to digitize some of the Library's collection of 75,000 Congressional committee hearings.

The Congressional Hearings collection currently focuses on three subjects:
  • census
  • freedom of information and privacy
  • immigration
The selected hearings are presented as PDF images. More hearings and topics will be added as the collection grows.

Congressional committee hearings contain transcripts of oral testimony as well as written material submitted for the record. They are often used by legal researchers and historians in divining legislative intent. Read more about the role of Congressional committee hearings in the Gallagher guide on Federal Legislative History.

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