Publications about Senate Art and Historic Spaces 
 
Art Books

United States Senate Catalogue of Fine Art .
S.Doc. 107-11: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-CDOC-107sdoc11?null U.S. Senate Commission on Art. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002.

To the surprise of many visitors, the interior of the U.S. Capitol abounds in magnificent art that rivals even its exterior architectural splendor. The United States Senate Catalogue of Fine Art, prepared by the Office of Senate Curator, marks the first time that the Senate has presented its entire collection of fine art in a publication, complete with color reproductions and informative text about the creation and background of each work.

United States Senate Catalogue of Graphic Art .
S.Doc. 109-2: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/pagedetails.action?browsePath=109%2fSDOC%2f%5bmin%3bmax%5d&granuleId=&packageId=GPO-CDOC-109sdoc2&fromBrowse=true U.S. Senate Commission on Art. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006.

The United States Catalogue of Graphic Art marks the first comprehensive publication of the approximately 1,000 prints that constitute the Senate’s collection. Offering a variety of perspectives on the Senate of the 19th and 20th centuries, the prints provide insight into a time quite different than the media-saturated world of today.

To Make Beautiful the Capitol: Rediscovering the Art of Constantino Brumidi.
S. Pub. 113-10--To Make Beautiful the Capitol: Rediscovering the Art of Constantino Brumidi: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-CPUB-113spub10/content-detail.html Prepared under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2014.

Over a span of 25 years, artist Constantino Brumidi (1805–1880) decorated the walls and ceilings of the U.S. Capitol. To Make Beautiful the Capitol is generously illustrated with full page views and never-before published details that showcase Brumidi’s art. The six in-depth chapters explore topics such as the recent conservation efforts to restore Brumidi’s murals to their original appearance, as well as the inspiration for his artwork, from classical themes to the westward expansion of the nation.

 
Room Histories

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee.
S.Pub. 111-3--U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Appropriations_Committee_Pages.pdf  Prepared under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate by the Senate Historical Office and Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2009.

This elegant space located on the first floor of the U.S. Capitol has been home to the Senate Committee on Appropriations since 1911. This brochure contains a brief history of the rooms in the suite, the committee and its chairmen, and the murals that adorn the committee's walls.

The Brumidi Corridors.
S.Pub. 109-8--The Brumidi Corridors: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Brumidi_Corridors.pdf  Prepared under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art by the Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2006.

The Brumidi Corridors are richly painted hallways on the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol. Designed and painted by Italian artist Constantino Brumidi and his assistants, the halls are decorated with classically inspired images and symbolic representations of American culture. This brochure introduces the artist and highlights the various thematic sections of the corridors he painted.

The U.S. Senate Democratic Leader's Suite.
S.Pub. 110-15--The U.S. Senate Democratic Leader's Suite: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Democratic_suite_Pages.pdf  Prepared under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2007.

The Democratic Leader's Suite is located across the hall from the Senate Chamber. This brochure highlights the history of the suite and the various decorative elements adorning its rooms.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
S.Pub. 110-10--The Foreign Relations Committee: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Foreign_Relations_Committee_Pages.pdf Prepared under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate by the Senate Historical Office and Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2009.

Established in 1816, the Foreign Relations Committee is one of the 10 original standing committees of the Senate. Found within this pamphlet are a brief history of the committee, short biographies of selected committee chairmen, and a list of rooms where the committee has been located.

The Kennedy Caucus Room.
http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Caucus_Room.htm Senate Historical Office. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2010.

The Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building is one of the grandest and most historic rooms in the nation’s capital.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Room.
S.Pub. 105-60--The Lyndon Baines Johnson Room: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Lyndon_B._Johnson_Room.pdf  Prepared under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate by the Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1997.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Room was originally built as the Senate Library reading room as part of the 1859 Senate extension to the Capitol. It retains many of its original features, including murals by Constantino Brumidi, a marble mantel, and Minton floor tiles. This brochure offers a brief history of the room and its decorative elements.

The Old Senate Chamber, 1810-1859.
S.Pub. 109-9--The Old Senate Chamber: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Old_Senate_Chamber.pdf  Prepared under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art by the Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2009.

During its residence in this chamber from 1810 to 1859, the Senate grew from a small advisory council to the primary forum for the great national debates of the mid-19th century--an era known as the Senate's "Golden Age." The brochure provides a brief overview of some of the historical events that occurred in the room, as well as an overview of its architecture and art.

The Old Supreme Court Chamber, 1810-1860.
S. Pub. 106-12--The Old Supreme Court Chamber: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Old_Supreme_Court.pdf  Prepared under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art by the Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2002.

Located on the ground floor of the original north wing of the Capitol, this space first served as the Senate Chamber (1800-1808), then as the Supreme Court Chamber (1810-1860). This brochure tells the story of the Old Supreme Court Chamber by highlighting several historical events as well as the art and architecture of the chamber.

The President's Room.
S.Pub. 107-45--The President's Room: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/President_s_Room.pdf  Prepared under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art by the Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2002.

In 1789 President George Washington wrote to the U.S. Senate recommending a chamber "for the joint business of the President and the Senate." Although the Capitol's early architects planned for such a room, it was not until extensions were added to the building in the 1850s that one was finally built. Providing a brief history of the room, this brochure is a look behind the doors of one of the Capitol's most stunning rooms.

The U.S. Senate Republican Leader's Suite.
S.Pub. 110-6--The U.S. Senate Republican Leader's Suite: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Republican_Leaders_Suite_Pages.pdf  Prepared under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art by the Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2007.

The Republican Leader's Suite is located in the oldest section of the U.S. Capitol. Over the past 200 years, it has been rebuilt and modified many times and used for many different purposes. This brochure highlights the history of the suite and its occupants.

United States Capitol Room S-219.
S.Pub.107-26--United States Senate Capitol Room S-219: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/S_219.pdf  Prepared under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate by the Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2002.

Built as part of the extension of the Capitol in the 1850s, Room S-219 has been used over the years by the Senate Appropriations Committee, Official Reporters of Debates, and Secretary of the Senate. Highlighted in this brochure are a brief history of the room's occupants and an overview of its architectural and decorative features.

United States Senate Chamber, 1859-2009.
http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/SenateChamber1859-2009.pdf U.S. Senate Historical Office. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2009.

For 150 years the Senate has occupied its current Chamber in the United States Capitol, a room that has witnessed some of the most significant events in American history. United States Senate Chamber, 1859-2009 looks at the history of the room through its first 150 years.

The Strom Thurmond Room.
S.Pub. 109-23--The Strom Thurmond Room: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Strom_Thurmond_Pages.pdf  Prepared under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate by the Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2002.

Named for Senator Strom Thurmond in 1991, this room exemplifies the Capitol's long and varied history. Found within this brochure is a history of the room, including a list of its many occupants and an overview of the room's decorative elements.

The Senate Vestibule.
S.Pub. 107-12--The Senate Vestibule: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Senate_Vestibule.pdf  Prepared under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate by the Office of Senate Curator and Senate Historical Office. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2002.

The Senate Vestibule served as the main entrance to the Capitol in 1800. Highlighted in this brochure is the history of this space and its fascinating architectural and artistic characteristics.

The Vice President's Room.
S.Pub.106-7--The Vice President's Room: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Vice_President_s_Room.pdf  Prepared under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art by the Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2002.

Under the U.S. Constitution the vice president of the United States serves as president of the Senate. For over 125 years, the Vice President's Room has provided a convenient and elegant Capitol working space for the vice president.

 
Special Collections

The U.S. Senate Leadership Portrait Collection.
S.Pub.110-9--The U.S. Senate Leadership Portrait Collection: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Leadership_Portrait_Collection.pdf Prepared under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate by the Senate Historical Office and the Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2007.

To honor its past leaders, the U.S. Senate established the Senate Leadership Portrait Collection. This brochure provides an overview of the collection and a complete list of the Senate's floor leaders.

Russell Senate Office Building Furniture.
Senate Document 110-26--Russell Senate Office Building Furniture: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Russell_Furniture_Brochure.pdf U.S. Senate Commission on Art. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2008.

In 1909 the newly built Russell Senate Office Building officially opened. Along with the new building came a set of custom-made mahogany furniture for each office and committee room. The Russell furnishings, numbering thousands of pieces, were the largest single furniture contract issued by the Senate. This brochure provides a detailed account of the furniture's acquisition and use, illustrated by historical photographs and floor plans.

Senate Art in Stamps.
S.Pub. 105-39--Senate Art in Stamps: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/Senate_Art_in_Stamps.pdf Prepared under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art by the Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2002.

Over 30 U.S. postal stamps depict art from the Senate's collection. The art in the Capitol is a fitting source for stamp designs, as it commemorates many of the nation's distinguished leaders and significant events.

Vice Presidential Bust Collection.
S.Pub. 111-4--Vice Presidential Bust Collection: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/art/resources/pdf/VP_Busts_108_lo-res.pdf Prepared under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art by the Office of Senate Curator. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2009.

Initiated in 1885 the U.S. Senate's Vice Presidential Bust Collection is the Senate's oldest continuing art collection. It provides a unique survey of American sculpture from the 19th century to the present.