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Features Archive

Every month a selection of historical essays and images from the Senate's Historical Office and the Office of the Curator are highlighted on the website. Below is an archive of past features.


    Jul/Aug 2015 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Leader's Lecture Series: Mansfield and Senate Leaders
            Everett Dirksen Speaks on Civil Rights

    Main Page Feature

            Classic Senate Speeches

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Arthur Vandenberg
            Wilcox Remembers Vandenberg
            Speech Heard Round the World

    Oral Histories

            Floyd M. Riddick: Senate Parliamentarian
            Dorothye G. Scott: Administrative Assistant to the Senate Democratic Secretary and to the Secretary of the Senate

    Origins & Development Section

            Maiden Speeches
            William Seward's Maiden Speech

    May/June 2015 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Senate Chamber
            Old Senate Chamber

    Main Page Feature

            Senate Meeting Places

    People Section

            Capitol Builder: Montgomery C. Meigs
            Secretary of the Senate
            Constantino Brumidi

    Oral Histories

            First Female Pages

    Origins & Development Section

            Federal Hall
            Burning of Washington

    April 2015 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

             The Senate at the End of the Civil War
            Landmark Legislation: Civil War

    Main Page Feature

            The Senate's Civil War

    People Section

            Edward Dickinson Baker: Featured Biography
            Jefferson Davis: Featured Biography
            William Fessenden: Featured Biography
            James Murray Mason: Featured Biography
            Charles Sumner: Featured Biography
            Benjamin Wade: Featured Biography
            Henry Wilson: Featured Biography
            Isaac Bassett
            

    Oral Histories

            First Female Pages

    Origins & Development Section

            Thirteenth Amendment
            Featured Senate Debate: Defining Quorum, May 1864

    March 2015 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Historic First in Senate Proceedings
            Landmark Legislation: The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution

    Main Page Feature

            Celebrating Women's History Month

    People Section

            Rebecca Latimer Felton: Featured Biography
            Hattie Wyatt Caraway: Featured Biography
            Margaret Chase Smith: Featured Biography
            Nancy L. Kassebaum: Featured Biography
            Carol Moseley Braun: Featured Biography
            Smith vs. Cormier, 1960
            A Pioneer on Senate Staff

    Oral Histories

            First Female Pages

    Origins & Development Section

            A Women in the Senate
            Hattie Caraway Presides

    February 2015 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            African Americans in Senate History
            Landmark Legislation

    Main Page Feature

            Celebrating Black History Month

    People Section

            Edward Brooke: Featured Biography
            Blanche Kelso Bruce: Featured Biography
            Carol Moseley Braun: Featured Biography
            Hiram Revels: Featured Biography
            Robert H. Ogle
            The Kate Brown Story

    Oral Histories

            Michael A. Johnson: Assistant Deputy Sergeant at Arms

    Origins & Development Section

            Washington's Farewell Address
            Saving Senate Records

    December 2014 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            The Oath We Take
            Oath Reenactment Ceremony

    Main Page Feature

            When a New Congress Begins

    People Section

            Robert La Follette: Featured Biography
            Choosing Desks
            Maiden Speeches

    Oral Histories

            Maiden Speeches

    Origins & Development Section

            Origanizing Resolutions
            Presenting Credentials

    October 2014 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            The Hattie and Huey Tour
            Midterm Elections

    Main Page Feature

            Electing Senators: A Historical Perspective

    People Section

            Smith vs. Cormier, 1960
            The Write-in Candidate
            A Narrow Victory

    Oral Histories

            Floyd M. Riddick Discusses a Contested Senate Election

    Origins & Development Section

            Direct Elections
            Indirect Elections

    September 2014 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            August 22, 1789: President George Washington Seeks the Senate’s Advice and Consent
            Journal Entry of President George Washington's Visit to the Senate, August 22, 1789

    Main Page Feature

            Focus on the Constitution:Advice & Consent on Treaties

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Robert C. Byrd
            Featured Biography: Howard Baker
            Approving the Panama Canal Treaties
            Select Senate Foreign Relations Chairmen

    Oral Histories

            Arthur J. Rynearson: "Since the Senate may withhold its advice and consent for any reason whatsoever, it is implied that the Senate may condition its advice and consent."

    Origins & Development Section

            War Powers
            Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    August 2014 [+]

    June 2014 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Landmark Civil Rights Legislation
            Senate Leadership

    Main Page Feature

            Civil Rights Act at 50

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Mike Mansfield
            Featured Biography: Everett McKinley Dirksen
            Featured Biography: Hubert Humphrey
            Featured Biography: Thomas Kuchel
            Horn Log
            Party Whips

    Oral Histories

            Senate Voices: Frank Valeo on the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Origins & Development Section

            Cloture
            Legislative Origins of the Civil Rights Act

    April 2014 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Senate Chamber Desks
            Senate Gavel

    Main Page Feature

            Material Culture of the Senate

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Marcus A. Hanna
            Vice Presidential Bust Collection
            The Ohio Clock

    Oral Histories

            Senate Voices: The Material Culture of the Senate

    Origins & Development Section

            Featured Document: Historic Senate Furnishings
            Senate Seal

    March 2014 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            A Woman in the Senate
            Landmark Legislation: Nineteenth Amendment

    Main Page Feature

            Celebrating Women's History Month

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Nancy L. Kassebaum
            A Senate First
            Smith vs. Cormier, 1960
            Featured Document: Letter from the Sergeant at Arms Explaining Why Females Should Not Be Pages, 1961

    Oral Histories

            Senator Carol Moseley Braun: Women in the Senate

    Origins & Development Section

            A Pioneer on Senate Staff: Leona Wells
            Hattie Caraway Presides

    February 2014 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            African Americans in Senate History
            Landmark Legislation: Civil Rights

    Main Page Feature

            Celebrating Black History Month

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Edward Brooke
            Robert H. Ogle
            The Kate Brown Story
            Integrating Senate Spaces: Thomas Thorton and Louis Lautier

    Oral Histories

            The Senate Debates Civil Rights
            Christine McCreary
            Jesse R. Nichols

    Origins & Development Section

            Saving Senate Records

    December 2013 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Photographing the Senate
            Official Senate Photo

    Main Page Feature

            Picturing the Senate

    People Section

            Senators in Caricature
            Political Cartoons of Thomas Nast
            The Senatorial Hall of Fame

    Oral Histories

            Lyndon B. Johnson and the Vanities of Famous Men

    Origins & Development Section

            Old Senate Chamber
            Picturing Senate Committees

    October 2013 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            The Treaty of Versailles
            Polticial Cartoon: "Lamb from the Slaughter"

    Main Page Feature

            Advice & Consent: Treaties

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr.
            Party Secretaries
            The Irreconcilables

    Oral Histories

            Aruthur J. Rynearson: Office of the Senate Legislative Counsel

    Origins & Development Section

            Origns & Developments
            Treaties

    September 2013 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            The Senate Celebrates Constitution Day
            Landmark Legislation: The Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution

    Main Page Feature

            Amending the Constitution: 100 Years of Direct Election

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Joseph L. Bristow
            Senator Ousted
            Key Pittman Barely Elected

    Oral Histories

            Floyd M. Riddick: Senate Parliamentarian Discusses the Constitution

    Origins & Development Section

            Vacancies
            Featured Documents: Petitions From the State Legislatures

    August 2013 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Senatorial Courtesy and Discipline
            Traditions of the Senate

    Main Page Feature

            Idea of the Senate

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Alben Barkley
            Senate "Folkways"
            A Senate Journal

    Oral Histories

            Idea of the Senate

    Origins & Development Section

            The Senate's Need to Modernize
            The Senate as Protector of Minority Rights

    July 2013 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Senatorial Courtesy and Discipline
            Traditions of the Senate

    Main Page Feature

            Idea of the Senate

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Robert A. Taft
            The Senate Type
            The Senate's Obligation to Lead

    Oral Histories

            Idea of the Senate

    Origins & Development Section

            Civility in the Senate
            The Senate's Rules

    June 2013 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            The Senate as Middle Ground
            What Makes the Senate Work

    Main Page Feature

            Idea of the Senate

    People Section

            Featured Biography: George Hoar
            The Sober Second Thought of the People
            The Senate as a Continuing Body

    Oral Histories

            Idea of the Senate

    Origins & Development Section

            The Necessity of the Senate
            The Senate as a Balance Wheel

    May 2013 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Watergate Hearing Begins
            Leaks Lead to Open Hearing

    Main Page Feature

            Inside a Senate Investigation: Watergate 40 Years Later

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Howard Henry Baker, Jr.
            Featured Biography: Sam Ervin
            Sam Dash, Majority Counsel
            Fred Thompson, Minority Counsel

    Oral Histories

            Watergate and the Senate

    Origins & Development Section

            Watergate's Legislative Legacy
            Watergate Committee Issues Subpoenas

    April 2013 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Mike Mansfield and Senate Leadership
            Everett Dirksen Speaks on Civil Rights

    Main Page Feature

            Classic Senate Speeches

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Arthur Vandenberg
            Wilcox Remembers Vandenberg
            Speech Heard Round the World

    Oral Histories

            Classic Senate Speeches

    Origins & Development Section

            History of Maiden Speeches
            William Seward's Maiden Speech

    March 2013 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            A Woman in the Senate
            Landmark Legislation: Nineteenth Amendment

    Main Page Feature

            Celebrating Woman's History Month

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Nancy L. Kassebaum
            A Senate First
            Smith vs. Cormier, 1960
            Featured Document: Letter from the Sergeant at Arms Explaining Why Females Should Not Be Pages, 1961

    Oral Histories

            Senator Carol Moseley Braun: Women in the Senate

    Origins & Development Section

            A Pioneer on Senate Staff: Leona Wells
            Hattie Caraway Presides

    February 2013 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            African Americans in Senate History
            Landmark Legislation: Civil Rights

    Main Page Feature

            Celebrating Black History Month

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Edward Brooke
            Robert H. Ogle
            The Kate Brown Story
            Integrating Senate Spaces: Thomas Thorton and Louis Lautier

    Oral Histories

            The Senate Debates Civil Rights
            Christine McCreary
            Jesse R. Nichols

    Origins & Development Section

            Saving Senate Records

    January 2013 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            The Oath We Take
            Oath Reenactment Ceremony

    Main Page Feature

            When a New Congress Begins

    People Section

            Robert La Follette: A Featured Biography
            Choosing Desks
            Maiden Speeches

    Oral Histories

            Senate Voices: Maiden Speeches

    Origins & Development Section

            Organizing Resolutions
            Presenting Credentials

    November 2012 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Becoming a Senator
            Remarks by Senator Byrd at the Orientation of New Senators

    Main Page Feature

            Before Taking the Oath

    People Section

            Senator William Proxmire's First Day
            Taking the Oath in Hospital
            Assisting a New Senator

    Oral Histories

            Senate Voices: New Senators' Orientation Program

    Origins & Development Section

            Senate Traditions
            Senate Rules & Procedures

    October 2012 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            The Hattie and Huey Tour
            Senators and Presidential Elections

    Main Page Feature

            Electing Senators: A Historical Perspective

    People Section

            Smith vs. Cormier, 1960
            The Write-in Candidate
            A Narrow Victory

    Oral Histories

            Senate Voices: Floyd M. Riddick Discusses a Contested Senate Election

    Origins & Development Section

            Indirect Elections
            Direct Elections

    September 2012 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            The Senate Celebrates Constitution Day
            Constitution Day

    Main Page Feature

            Celebrating the Constitution

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Oliver Ellsworth
            The Senate's Constitutional Officers
            A Great Compromise

    Oral Histories

            Senate Voices: Floyd M. Riddick discusses the Constitution

    Origins & Development Section

            Treaties
            Advice & Consent

    August 2012 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            The Senate in Executive Session
            An Extraordinary Session

    Main Page Feature

            Sessions of the Senate

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Robert Taft
            The Senate's Constitutional Officers
            Turnip Day Session

    Oral Histories

            Senate Voices: Senate Sessions

    Origins & Development Section

            Joint Sessions and Meetings
            Session Dates

    July 2012 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Senate Chamber Desks
            Senate Gavel

    Main Page Feature

            Material Culture of the Senate

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Marcus A. Hanna
            Vice Presidential Bust Collection

    Oral Histories

            Senate Voices: The Material Culture of the Senate

    Origins & Development Section

            Featured Document: Historic Senate Furnishings
            Senate Seal

    June 2012 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Samuel Morse's Capitol Experiment
            Featured Document: June 3, 1844

    Main Page Feature

            Technoloy in the Senate

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Estes Kefauver
            Televising the Crime Hearings
            The Senate Online

    Oral Histories

            Senate Voices: Technology in the Senate

    Origins & Development Section

            The Senate on the Air

    April 2012 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Senators Elected by State Legislatures
            Landmark Legislation: The 17th Amendment to the Constitution

    Main Page Feature

            States in the Senate

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Joseph L. Bristow
            Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper
            National Statuary Hall

    Oral Histories

            Senate Voices: Richard A. Arenberg
            Richard A. Arenberg

    Origins & Development Section

            The Framers Debate State Representation

    March 2012 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            A Woman in the Senate
            Landmark Legislation: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution

    Main Page Feature

            Celebrating Women's History Month

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Nancy L. Kassebaum
            A Senate First
            Smith vs. Cormier, 1960
            Photo Exhibits
            Rebecca Felton
            Hattie Caraway
            Margaret Chase Smith

    Oral Histories

            Senate Voices: Ruth Young Watt
            Dorothye G. Scott
            Ruth Young Watt

    Origins & Development Section

            Hattie Caraway Presides

    February 2012 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            African Americans in Senate History
            Landmark Legislation: Civil Rights

    Main Page Feature

            Celebrating Black History Month

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Edward Brooke
            Robert H. Ogle
            The Kate Brown Story
            Integrating Senate Spaces: Thomas Thorton and Louis Lautier

    Oral Histories

            The Senate Debates Civil Rights
            Christine McCreary
            Jesse R. Nichols

    Origins & Development Section

            Saving Senate Records

    January 2012 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Senate Chamber
            Old Senate Chamber

    Main Page Feature

            Senate Meeting Places

    People Section

            Montgomery C. Meigs
            Secretary of the Senate
            Constantino Brumidi

    Origins & Development Section

            Federal Hall and Congress Hall

    December 2011 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Rare Joint Meeting Held in the Senate Chamber
            Congress Investigates Pearl Harbor Attack

    Main Page Feature

            The Senate and the Second World War

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
            The Senate Chaplain
            Senators on Combat Tour

    Origins & Development Section

            Official Declarations of War by Congress

    November 2011 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            The Treaty of Versailles
            Political Cartoon: "Lamb from the Slaughter

    Main Page Feature

            Advice & Consent: Treaties

    People Section

            Featured Biography: Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr.
            The Irreconcilables

    Origins & Development Section

            Treaties

    October 2011 [+]

    Art & History Home Page

            Featured Bio: Harry S. Truman
            The Truman Committee

    Main Page Feature

            Learn about the Senate: Officers & Senate Leaders

    People Section

            Featured Bio: Nelson Aldrich
            The Senate Four
            Office of the Parliamentarian