First of a projected six-volume set documenting all the assignments to Congressional committees since 1789, this reference includes the committees that followed the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946. Complete historical information is given for each standing and select or special committee, i.e., the jurisdiction taken from the Rules of the Senate or House and all the members for each Congress, including their rank, party, state, years in Congress and on the committee, and any changes in that Congress. Individual names can be accessed through the index. The membership lists were taken from the official Congressional Directory (GPO, 1947-) and confirmed in various official and commercial sources. One can certainly obtain this same information by going through each directory, but not as conveniently. Several commercial sources also list committee members --Politics in America (Congressional Quarterly, 1981-), Congressional Staff Directory (Staff Directories, 1959-), and Congressional Yellow Book (Monitor, 1976-)--but do not go back as far in time or cumulate the information. The Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, 1774-1989 (GPO, 1990) does not include committee composition, so for research collections lacking access to the historical directories or needing the convenience of such a compilation, Committees in the U.S. Congress is a valuable resource.
- Louise Stwalley, Univ. of Colorado at Denver Lib.
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