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Congress, Legislation, etc.: Hearings/Prints in the Library

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General Notes

check Note that we ceased receiving paper Hearings and Prints in 2016, and microfiche hearings and prints in 2011. 

Descriptions (except for some dates) given in the listing below pertain only to the tangible collection of Hearings and Prints in the Library. "PAPER" or "MICROFICHE" designations refer to the format in which a majority of publications for a particular Committee are held. There are a few items in the other format for almost all major Committees.

Dates given for non-current Committees are for the full duration of their existence; we may not have publications from all years. (See this historical reference from the Legislative Sourcebook.)


Senate Committee numbering note. For all Senate Committees, from the 98th Congress to the present, hearings are arranged by Congress, then number, followed by prints arranged by Congress, then number. For example:

  • Y 4.B 85/2:S.HRG.100-45
  • Y 4.B 85/2:S.PRT.100-37
  • Y 4.B 85/2:S.HRG.101-13
  • Y 4.B 85/2:S.PRT.101-20

Note that there are gaps in the numbering sequences, since "hearing' or "print" hnumbers refer to publications of all Senate Committees, not just the one at hand.

 

Y 4.A

peopleSenate Special Committee on Aging. Y 4.AG 4: (PAPER)

See Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

House Select Committee on Aging. Y 4.AG 4/2: (PAPER)

All hearings and most prints are shelved alphabetically by keyword.

farmsHouse Committee on Agriculture. Y 4.AG 8/1: (MICROFICHE)

Hearings are filed by Congress and sequential numbers (for example: Y4.AG 8/1:101-14). Prints are arranged by Congress and sequential letters (for example: Y 4.AG 8/1:101-B). When the 27th Print is issued, it is given the letter designation AA; the 53rd is AAA, etc. All the Prints for a particular Congress follow all the Hearings, and within the Prints section, all the A's (e.g., A,AA,AAA, etc.) precede all the B's.

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Y 4.AG 8/3: (MICROFICHE)

See Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

swordsHouse Armed Services Committee. Y 4.AR 5/2: (MICROFICHE)

This Committee follows a unique numbering system. Their Prints are classified Y 4.AR 5/2, and their Hearings are given a number of this form: Y 4.AR 5/2A:[years]/[sequential number]. In both paper (for just a few older documents) and microfiche, Prints precede Hearings.

Senate Armed Services Committee. Y 4.AR 5/3: (MICROFICHE)

See Senate Committee numbering note in the box above. (A few older documents in paper are filed alphabetically by keyword.)

Y 4.B

moneyHouse Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs. Y 4.B 22/1: (PAPER)

Later hearings filed by Congress and sequential numbers follow earlier items filed alphabetically by keyword. This Committee was active from 1977-94 and was replaced by Banking and Financial Services in 1995.

Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs. Y 4.B 22/3: (PAPER)

Hearings and Prints issued prior to the 97th Congress (1981) are shelved alphabetically by keyword. Publications of the 97th Congress (1981-2) are shelved by sequential numbers. For publications from the 98th Congress forward (1983- ) see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

Senate Committee on the Budget. Y 4.B 85/2: (MICROFICHE)

Hearings issued prior to the 98th Congress (1983) are arranged by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.B 85/2:96-33). From 1983 forward see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

House Committee on the Budget. Y 4.B 85/3: (MICROFICHE)

Later Hearings filed by Congress and sequential numbers follow earlier items filed alphabetically by keyword. Occasionally the numerical parts of the classification numbers come in three parts, rather than two (e.g., Y 4.B 85/3:101-5-3).

Y 4.C

peopleHouse Select Committee on Children, Youth & Families. Y 4.C 43/2: (1982-93) (PAPER)

Shelved alphabetically by keyword.

flagCongressional Executive Commission on China. Y 4.C 44: (PAPER)

The Commission's Annual Reports are shelved first, followed by other publications shelved alphabetically by keyword.

graphSenate Commerce Committee. Y 4.C 73/2: (PAPER)

Hearings are shelved by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.C 73/2:95-126). Prints are shelved after all the hearings, in alphabetical order by keyword. This Committee was active from 1961-76 and was replaced by Commerce, Science & Transportation in 1977.

Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. Y 4.C 73/7: (PAPER)

Hearings issued prior to the 98th Congress (1983) are shelved by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.C 73/7:95-100). For publications from the 98th Congress forward, see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

House Committee on Energy & Commerce. Y 4.C 73/8: (PAPER)

Hearings are shelved by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.C 73/8:114-71). 

scalesHouse Select Committee on Crime. Y 4.C 86/3: (PAPER)

This Committee was active in the late 1960's and early 1970's. One Hearing is shelved first, by Congress number and sequential number. The rest of the Hearings are shelved alphabetically by keyword.

Y 4.E

moneyJoint Economic Committee. & 4.EC 7: (PAPER)

Hearings and Prints prior to approximately 2010 are shelved alphabetically by keyword. Midway through the 111th Congress (2009-10) the arrangement was switched to the same Senate numbering scheme described in the box above.

booksHouse Committee on Education & Labor. Y 4.ED 8/1: (PAPER)

Later hearings shelved by Congress and sequential numbers (starting in 1985) follow earlier items shelved alphabetically by keyword.

Prints starting in 1985 are shelved by Congress and sequential letters (for example: Y 4.ED 8/1:101-B).  When the 27th Print is issued, it is given the letter designation AA; the 53rd is AAA, etc. All the Prints for a particular Congress follow all the Hearings, and within the Prints section, all the A's (e.g., A,AA,AAA, etc.) precede all the B's.

atomSenate Energy & Natural Resources. Y 4.EN 2: (MICROFICHE)

Hearings issued prior to the 98th Congress (1983) are filed by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.B EN2:96-33). From 1983 forward see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

House Committee on Energy & Commerce. Y 4.EN 2/3: (MICROFICHE)

Hearings are filed by Congress and sequential numbers (for example: Y4.EN 2/3:101-14). Prints are filed by Congress and sequential letters (for example: Y 4.EN 2/3:101-B). When the 27th Print is issued, it is given the letter designation AA; the 53rd is AAA, etc. All the Prints for a particular Congress follow all the Hearings, and within the Prints section, all the A's (e.g., A,AA,AAA, etc.) precede all the B's. This Committee was active from 1981-1994; it was preceded by Interstate & Foreign Commerce, and replaced by Financial Services.

scalesSenate Select Committee on Ethics. Y 4.ET 3/4: (PAPER)

See Senate Committee numbering note in the box above. 

Y 4.F

moneySenate Finance Committee. Y 4.F 49: (PAPER)

Hearings issued prior to the 98th Congress (1983) are shelved alphabetically by keyword. For publications from the 98th Congress forward (1983- ) see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

House Committee on Financial Services. Y 4.F 49/20: (PAPER)

Hearings are arranged by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.F 49/20:114-4).

globeHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs. Y 4.F 76/1: (PAPER)

Later hearings filed by Congress and sequential numbers follow earlier items filed alphabetically by keyword. After the most recent publications some special, recurring Committee Prints are shelved by numbers that add to the basic stem (for example: Y 4.F 76/1-3:[year] is the classification number for "Congress and Foreign Policy").

From 1975-79 the Committee changed its name to International Affairs and its publications are shelved with the classification number Y 4.IN 8/16: . In the 1980 it reverted to the Foreign Affairs title.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Y 4.F 76/2: (PAPER)

Hearings issued prior to the 98th Congress (1983) are shelved alphabetically by keyword. For publications from the 98th Congress (1983 -) forward see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

Y 4.G

booksHouse Committee on Government Operations. Y 4.G 74/6: (PAPER)

All Hearings and Prints are arranged alphabetically by keyword. This Committee was active from 1952-1994, and was replaced by Government Operations & Oversight/Oversight & Government Operations.

House Committee on Government Operations & Oversight. Y 4.G 74/7: (PAPER)

Later hearings filed by Congress and sequential numbers follow earlier items filed alphabetically by keyword.

Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. Y 4.G 74/9: (PAPER)

Hearings issued prior to the 98th Congress (1983) are shelved alphabetically by keyword. From 1983 forward see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

Y 4.H

noteCommittee on House Administration. Y 4.H 81/3: (MICROFICHE)

All Hearings and Prints are arranged alphabetically by keyword.

House Committee on Homeland Security. Y 4.H 75: (PAPER)

Hearings are arranged by Congress number and sequential number (e.g., Y 4.H 75:110-78).

peopleSenate Human resources Committee. Y 4.H 88: (PAPER)

Hearings and Prints are shelved alphabetically by keyword. This Committee was active from 1977-8, was preceded by Labor and Public Welfare, and succeeded by Labor & Human Resources.

House Select Committee on Hunger. Y 4.H 89: (1984-93) (PAPER)

Later Hearings shelved by Congress and sequential numbers follow earlier items shelved alphabetically by keyword.

Y 4.I

booksSenate Impeachment Trial Committee. Y 4.IM 7/2: (PAPER)

See Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. Y 4.IN 2/11: (MICROFICHE)

Hearings issued prior to the 98th Congress (1983) are shelved alphabetically by keyword. From the 98th Congress forward (1983- ) see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

moneyHouse Committee on Interstate & Foreign Commerce. Y 4.IN 8/4: (PAPER)

Hearings are shelved by Congress number and sequential number (e.g., Y 4.IN 8/4:94-19). After the hearings Prints are arranged alphabetically by keyword. This Committee was active from 1964-80, and was replaced by Energy & Commerce.

Senate Committee on Interior & Insular Affairs. Y 4. IN 8/13: (PAPER)

Later hearings shelved by Congress and sequential numbers follow earlier items shelved alphabetically by keyword. This Committee was active from 1946-77, and was replaced by Energy & natural Resources.

booksHouse Committee on Interior & Insular Affairs. Y 4.IN 8/14: (MICROFICHE)

Hearings and shelved by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.IN 8/14:101-13). Prints are shelved after all the Hearings, in alphabetical order by keyword.

Senate Committee on Internal Security. Y 4.IN 8/15: (PAPER)

Hearings and Prints are arranged alphabetically by keyword.

globeHouse Committee on International Relations. Y 4. IN 8/16: (PAPER)

Hearings and Prints are shelved alphabetically by keyword. This Committee was active from 1975-79, and was preceded and succeeded by Foreign Affairs.

House Select Committee on Intelligence. Y 4.IN 8/18: (PAPER)

Hearings and Prints are shelved alphabetically by keyword.

clockSenate Select Committee on Intelligence. Y 4.IN 8/19: (PAPER)

See Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran & the Nicaraguan Opposition/House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran. Y 4.IN 8/20: (PAPER)

Hearings are shelved by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.IN 8/20:100-1).

 

Y 4.J-L

scalesHouse Committee on the Judiciary. Y 4.J 89/1: (PAPER)

Hearings are shelved by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.J 89/1:102-33). Prints are shelved alphabetically by keyword after all the Hearings.

Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Y 4.J 89/2: (PAPER)

This is one of the most confusing Committees in the collection. Hearings from 1963-78, and Prints prior to 1983, are shelved alphabetically first. Hearings for the 96th Congress (1979-80) are shelved next by sequential numbers (e.g., 96-15). Hearings from the next Congress are also shelved by sequential numbers but a "J" was inserted before the "97" part of the number. The "J" is ignored in shelving. From the 98th Congress forward (1983- ) see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

peopleSenate Committee on Labor & Public Welfare. Y 4.L 11/2: (PAPER)

Hearings and Prints are shelved alphabetically by keyword. This Committee was active from 1946-76, and was replaced by Human Resources, and, later, by Labor & Human Resources.

Senate Committee on Labor & Human Resources. Y 4.L 11/4: (PAPER)

Hearings issued prior to the 98th Congress (1983) are shelved alphabetically by keyword. From the 98th Congress forward (1983- ) see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

Y 4.M-N

shipHouse Committee on Merchant Marine & Fisheries. Y 4.M 53: (MICROFICHE)

Hearings are filed by Congress and sequential numbers (for example: Y4.M 53:101-14:101-14). Prints are arranged by Congress and sequential letters (for example: Y 4.M 53:101-B). When the 27th Print is issued, it is given the letter designation AA; the 53rd is AAA, etc. All the Prints for a particular Congress follow all the Hearings, and within the Prints section, all the A's (e.g., A,AA,AAA, etc.) precede all the B's.

This Committee was active until 1994, when its subjects were transferred to Resources and to Transportation & Infrastructure.

House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse & Control. N 4.N 16: (PAPER)

Hearings are shelved by Congress, Session, and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.N 16:101-1-14).

Senate Select Committee on Nutrition & Human Needs. Y 4.N 95: (PAPER)

Hearings are shelved alphabetically by keyword.

Y 4.P

peopleSelect Committee on Population. Y 4.P 81: (PAPER)

Hearings are shelved by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.P 81:95-5).

House Committee on Post Office & Civil Service. Y 4.P 84/10: (MICROFICHE)

Early paper Hearings are shelved in alphabetical order by keyword. Microfiche Hearings are filed by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.P 84/10:101-14). Prints are filed by Congress and sequential letters (e.g., Y 4.P 94/10:101-B). When the 27th Print is issued, it is given the letter designation AA; the 53rd is AAA, etc. All the Prints for a particular Congress follow all the Hearings, and within the Prints section, all the A's (e.g., A,AA,AAA, etc.) precede all the B's.

Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities. Y 4.P 92/4: (PAPER)

One set of Hearings with appendices.

textJoint Committee on Printing. Y 4.P 93/1: (PAPER)

Congressional Directories are shelved chronologically, followed by Congressional Pictorial Directories.

Senate Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. Y 4.P 93/8: (PAPER)

See Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

dropSenate Committee on Environment & Public Works. Y 4.P 96/10: (MICROFICHE)

Hearings issued prior to the 98th Congress (1983) are shelved alphabetically by keyword. For publications from the 98th Congress (1983 -) forward see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

transportationHouse Committee on Public Works & Transportation. Y 4.P 96/11: (MICROFICHE)

Hearings and Prints are filed by Congress and sequential number (e.g., Y 4.P 96/11:101-14). This Committee was active from 1975-94, and was replaced by Transportation & Infrastructure.

Y 4.R

environmentHouse Committee on Natural Resources. Y 4.R 31/3: (MICROFICHE)

Hearings are filed by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.R 31/3:104-14). Prints are filed alphabetically after all the Hearings. 

Senate Committee on Rules & Administration. Y 4.R 86/2: (MICROFICHE)

See Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

Y 4.S

labHouse Committee on Science & Technology. Y 4.SCI 2: (PAPER)

Hearings are shelved by Congress and sequential numbers (for example: Y4.SCI 2:101-14). Prints are arranged by Congress and sequential letters (for example: Y 4.SCI 2:101-B). When the 27th Print is issued, it is given the letter designation AA; the 53rd is AAA, etc. All the Prints for a particular Congress follow all the Hearings, and within the Prints section, all the A's (e.g., A,AA,AAA, etc.) precede all the B's.

A few older Prints are shelved alphabetically, following the most recent documents.

EUCommission on Security & Cooperation in Europe. Y 4.SE 2: (PAPER)

Hearings prior to the 100th Congress (1987) and all Prints are shelved alphabetically by keyword. After 1987, hearings are shelved by Congress, Session, and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.SE 2:101-1-14). After this sequence, some special, recurring Committee Prints are shelved by numbers that add to the basic stem; for example, Y 4.SE 2/11:[vol-no] is the classification number for the CSCE Digest.

House Committee on Small Business. Y 4.SM 1: (PAPER)

Later Hearings shelved by Congress and sequential numbers follow earlier items shelved alphabetically by keyword.

moneySenate Committee on Small Business. Y 4.SM 1/2: (PAPER)

Hearings issued prior to the 98th Congress (1983) are shelved alphabetically by keyword. From 1983 forward, see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. Y 4.ST 2/3: (PAPER)

Hearings and Prints are shelved alphabetically by keyword.

 

Y 4.T-W

graphJoint Committee on Taxation. Y 4.T 19/4: (MICROFICHE)

Hearings and Prints are shelved alphabetically by keyword.

House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. Y 4.T 68/2: (MICROFICHE)

Hearings are filed by Congress and sequential numbers (e.g., Y 4.T 68/2:113-84).

prisonerHouse Un-American Activities Committee. Y 4.UN 1/2: (PAPER)

Publications are shelved alphabetically by keyword.

House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Y 4.V 64/3: (MICROFICHE)

Later Hearings filed by Congress and sequential numbers follow earlier items filed alphabetically by keyword.

peopleSenate Committee on Veterans Affairs. Y 4.V 64/4: (MICROFICHE)

All paper Hearings and Prints are shelved alphabetically by keyword. For the microfiche documents, see the Senate Committee numbering note in the box above.

chartHouse Committee on Ways & Means. Y 4.W 36: (PAPER)

Later Hearings shelved by Congress and sequential numbers follow earlier items shelved alphabetically by keyword. Later Prints (starting with the 95th Congress in 1977) are shelved in a separate Congress/number sequence, with the designation "WMCP" appearing before the Congress number (e.g., Y 4.W 36:WMCP-101-22).

After these sequences, some special, recurring Committee Prints are shelved by numbers that add to the basic stem; for example, Y 4.W 36:10-3/[year] is the classification for the Compilation of Social Security Laws.