From the first Congress to the present day, the House of Representatives has documented its deliberations and decisions. Learn about how recordkeeping practices have transformed from handwritten documents to modern technology.
Can a letter be a record? What about an e-mail or a video? Find out how records are produced and preserved in the House of Representatives. Explore the difference between official records and personal papers.
Examine the official records of Congress in person and online. Find out where records are located, how to digitally search and browse, and how to prepare for a research visit.
House Rule VII governs archiving, public availability, and the definition of official House records. Read the rule and learn about access policies for House records.
The finding aids include general descriptions of official House records by Congress and Committee name, as well as information on access. Please note that finding aids are still being created, so they are not available for all Congresses and Committees.