Skip Content
U.S. Flag

Research Tools

Senate Historical Office
Serving as the Senate's institutional memory, the Historical Office collects and provides information on important events, precedents, dates, statistics, and historical comparisons of current and past Senate activities for use by members and staff, the media, scholars, and the general public.

Biographical Directory of Congress
This database provides brief biographies of over 12,000 individuals who have served in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Each biographical record includes lists of archival repositories housing former member’s papers and related materials and bibliographies of scholarly works related to their careers.

This selective bibliography, compiled by the Senate Historical Office, is designed to provide general readers and scholars with a guide to articles, documents, and books on the institutional development of the Senate. In addition to covering the fundamental powers of the Senate, the bibliography includes sources on Senate practices, customs, and rules of procedure.

A selection of publications by the Senate Historical Office, the Office of Senate Curator, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Library of Congress related to Senate art and history.

Senate Archives
Committee and administrative records of the Senate are preserved and made available for research by the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives and Records Administration. For more information on how to research Senate records, see the Guide to the Records of the U.S. Senate.

An alphabetical list of Senate-related terms.

Site Index
An alphabetical index to help navigate the information on

Featured Documents
A collection of historical and primary resource documents on

Research Guides
Many congressional and government documents are available on the web. Your local library is also an excellent place to find information. These guides explain how to find materials related to the legislative process and the Senate.