Finding and archiving Congressional data

Sources of Congressional data:

The Congressional Record:

The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. GPO Access contains Congressional Record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present. At the back of each daily issue is the “Daily Digest,” which summarizes the day’s floor and committee activities.

The Library of Congress THOMAS site is the source for federal legislative information.THOMAS provides several options for finding bills and  resolutions.

Congressional Digest

Library of Congress Web Archives (LCWA) is composed of collections of archived web sites selected by subject specialists to represent web-based information on a designated topic. It is part of a continuing effort by the Library to evaluate, select, collect, catalog, provide access to, and preserve digital materials for future generations of researchers. The early development project for Web archives was called MINERVA.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

Search for information on members of the US Congress from 1774 to the present day by entering a name, position or state.

Office of the Law Revision Counsel

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel prepares and publishes the United States Code, which is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.

Clerk of the House


American taxpayers spend over $100 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a “think tank” that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be easily obtained. A project of the Center for Democracy & Technology through the cooperation of several organizations and collectors of CRS Reports, Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports already in the public domain and encourages Congress to provide public access to all CRS Reports.


Bioguide id — this tag identifies all members of Congress and is often embedded in various types of documents. We hope to help expose this id table for use by system developer


Session participants:

Andrew Weber – Law Library of Congress and

Katie  Filbert – Wikimedia Foundation volunteer

Daniel Bennett – e Citizen Foundation

Cate Long — Riski