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Finding Aid: Congressional Hearings


Published hearing transcripts from Congressional committees and subcommittees contain all witness testimony, the question-and-answer portion of the hearing, and any other material requested of the witness by the committee. It takes several months, or even years, for a hearing to be published; some may never be published.

There are several types of Congressional hearings:President Ford Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee on Nixon Pardon by Thomas J. O'Halloran, October 1974 (LOC)

  • Legislative
  • Oversight
  • Investigative
  • Confirmation
  • Field


  • Congressional Record usually notes when a hearing is happening
  • Congressional Calendar (on FDsys since 1995:
  • CIS US congressional committee hearings index. Published in parts. Each part has vols. for Reference bibliography; Index by subjects and organizations, and Index by personal names. Call number: KF40 .C56 1981.OSU has volumes for 1953 (83rd Congress) through 1969 (91st Congress)
  • Searching Wikipedia for important issues often will reveal details about hearings held on the subject that you can use in your searches.


Resources beyond OSU and the internet

The most complete collection of hearings is available in the PROQUEST CONGRESSIONAL database, to which OSU unfortunately does not subscribe. The Knight Library at the University of Oregon has a subscription to this resource and may help us identify hearings and provide copies on a case by case basis. OSU students and faculty are also welcome to travel to Eugene to the Knight Library to use this resource themselves, but it is not available remotely to the OSU community.

U of O also has a more complete collection of hearings in print; if we can identify what is needed they or another depository library may be able to provide them via ILL.