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Tutorial: Browsing Individual Collections


Open a second window in your web browser so you can view this tutorial and try the steps below at the same time.

From any page on the Congressional Archives web site, click the "Research Collection" link on the toolbar on the left.

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On the Research Collections page click the link to Browse Manuscript Collections below the search bar. This opens a page with links to all collections held by the Congressional Archives. Clicking the Photo Collections link opens a list of our photo inventories.

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For each collection there is a name, party affiliation, district, state, dates, and collection size in cubic feet. Clicking on the name of a collection will open the home page for that collection. Try clicking on Carl Albert.
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Each collection home page includes a short biography of the member of Congress and scope and content note that explains what kinds of materials are in the collection, the topics covered, and the dates when the material was created. Many collections are divided into series, which are just smaller groups of material that have something in common. Series descriptions are also found here, as is an explanation of how the material in each series is arranged. For example, legislative material is often filed by the committee of Congress that was responsible for that issue. Click on any series link.

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Clicking a series link opens up the box list page, where each series has a table full of links to the boxes that contain that material. Click on any box number in your series.
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The page you now see is a complete subject inventory for one box of a collection. At the top of the page a heading shows the collection and series names. In this case the box number is at the left. The "F" on the left column stands for "folder." The folder name is in bold type and the contents of the folder are listed below.

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Important note: The blue "Box 39 " you see here is NOT the box number for this page, but a link to the inventory for the preceding box. This can be confusing!


Browse the page using the folder titles to help you find the topics that interest you. You can view other box inventories by using the links on the page. At the top of the page is a link to the previous box, and at the bottom of the page are links to the subsequent box, box list, collection description, and other Congressional Archives pages.
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Once you find the material you want, be sure to make a note of the following:

  • Collection Name (example: Carl Albert)
  • Series Name (example: Legislative Series)
  • Box Number
  • Folder Number

Next, either bring these citations to the archives to look at the material first-hand or contact the archivists to have photocopies sent to you. Our basic fee is $.20/page for copies, plus shipping when applicable. Please refer to our Fees and Use Policy for more information.




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