A committee holds hearings to determine facts, to sample opinion, and to carry out its oversight functions. A hearing on a bill will usually reprint the bill. Hearings are not held for all legislation; not all hearings are published. The published hearing includes the testimony of witnesses, transcripts of question and answer sessions, and copies of any exhibits and materials introduced.
Hearings are not always about a bill. They may be exploratory or investigative.
The testimony of the hearing (available through ProQuest Congressional 1988 -) is the transcript or prepared text of the witnesses and the transcript of the question and answer session. Note: testimonies are available much more quickly than the published hearing.
If you have a title, be sure to search DELCAT Discovery. If you wish to search by keywords, your searching may be easier in some of the full text databases, such as ProQuest Congressional Publications.
This table will be useful when locating hearings which have been identified in the ProQuest Congressional database (Library Databases). First check DELCAT Discovery then use this table.
|Date||Congress||Microforms Collection||U.S. Documents Microfiche||Annex U.S. Documents|
|Prior to 1975||Prior to 94th Cong||Arranged by Y 4 SuDoc call numbers|
|1975-1981||95th Cong to 97th Cong, 1st sess||Microfiche no. 2100 (arranged by ProQuest/ CIS accession numbers)||Arranged by Y 4 SuDoc call numbers|
|1982-||97th Cong, 2nd sess-||Arranged by Y 4 SuDoc call numbers|
1833 to 1952
Historical set- identified as Microfiche Group (number)
|23rd to 82nd Cong||Microfiche no. 2075 (arranged by Group numbers and ProQuest/ CIS accession numbers)|
Unpublished House Hearings
Unpublished Senate Hearings
|Microfiche various call numbers (arranged by ProQuest/ CIS accession numbers).|
The Library has the majority of a microfiche collection called U.S. Congressional Committee Hearings. This historical set set covers 1833-1969; the Library has 1833-1952.
This collection pulls together all published hearings in one place, including many hearings which were never widely distributed to libraries. However, the arrangement of the collection is very complex.
Location: Morris Library - Microforms (Microfiche no. 2075)
The collection is indexed in the ProQuest Congressional Publications database.The publications in the set are identified as "Microfiche Group: (number)"
See the Guide: Hearings Historical Microfiche
Many hearings which were not published at the time they were held may became available for publication years later. These are indexed in the ProQuest Congressional Publications database. The Library has these sets of hearings in microfiche format:
House Unpublished Hearings
Senate Unpublished Hearings
Unpublished U.S. House of Representatives Committee Hearings.
Location: Morris Library - Microforms (Microfiche no. 1961; 2025; 2027; 2037; 2076; 2081)
|1833-1936||Microfiche no. 1961||1954-1958||Microfiche no. 2037|
|1937-1946||Microfiche no. 2025||1959-1964||Microfiche no. 2076|
|1947-1954||Microfiche no. 2027||1965-1968||Microfiche no. 2081|
Unpublished U.S. Senate Committee Hearings.
Location: Morris Library - Microforms (Microfiche no. 2026, 2029, 2074, 2077, 2093)
|1823-1964||Microfiche no. 2029||1973-1976||Microfiche no. 2077|
|1965-1968||Microfiche no. 2026||1977-1980||Microfiche no. 2093|
|1969-1972||Microfiche no. 2074|