Presidential Inaugurations: Invitations and Tickets in the U.S. Senate Collection
The inauguration of the president and vice president of the United States is a cyclical, regularly scheduled event held every four years. The ceremony is a tradition which dates back to George Washington, and represents the peaceful transfer of power from one individual to another.
The day begins with the outgoing president and a delegation of congressional leaders escorting the president-elect from the White House to the Capitol. Members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies then escort the president-elect to the inaugural platform on the West front of the Capitol, where the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States administers the oath of office in front of thousands of spectators. Following the swearing in ceremony, the president and invited guests have lunch in the Capitol's Statuary Hall. The president then travels back to the White House leading a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. The day concludes with inaugural balls at various locations around the city.
All of the inaugural activities held at the United States Capitol—including the official swearing-in ceremony and the luncheon which follows—are a congressional responsibility carried out by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC). The committee is also responsible for the printing and distribution of the invitations and tickets required to attend the event at the Capitol. Over fifty presidential inaugural ceremonies have been held at more than ten different locations. However, more presidents have taken the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol than anywhere else.
In addition to the invitations and tickets seen here, the Office of Senate Curator's inaugural collection also includes inaugural programs, inaugural luncheon menus and luncheon programs, floor plans and seating charts, badges, ribbons, press credentials, historic engravings, and photographs.