An American political archives reader

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  • Consists largely of papers originally presented at conferences of the Congressional Papers Roundtable.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Reflections on the modern history of Congressional history / Richard A. Baker -- Present at the tenth hour: appraising and accessioning the papers of Marjorie S. Holt / Lauren R. Brown -- A repository archivist on Capitol Hill / Connell B. Gallagher -- Collection policies at state archives for legislators' papers / Sara Roberson Kuzak -- A hint of scandal: problems in acquiring the papers of Herman E. Talmadge / Pam Hackbart-Dean -- The documentation of Congress: summary report and recommendations / Karen Dawley Paul -- Congressional papers and committee records: public vs. private ownership / Karen Dawley Paul -- Congressional papers: collection development policies / Faye Phillips -- Oral history as a documentation strategy for political collections / Jeffrey S. Suchanek -- Electronic records on Capital Hill: finding and obtaining what you want / Elisabeth Butler and Karen Dawley Paul -- Appraising modern Congressional collections / Patricia Aronsson -- Appraising the papers of state legislators / Paul I. Chestnut -- Appraisal of Congressional records at the Minnesota Historical Society / Mark A. Greene -- Appraisal of the John J. Williams papers / L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin -- Campaign buttons in a black box: appraisal standards for Strom Thurmond memorabilia / James Edward Cross -- Adventures in the third dimension: reenvisioning the place of artifacts in the archives / Jill Robin Severn -- Taking a byte out of the Senate: reconsidering the use of correspondence and casework files / Naomi L. Nelson -- Processing political papers / Greta Reisel Browning and Mary McKay -- Describing Congressional papers collections: a progression of access tools / L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin and Karyl Winn -- Classified: what to do if national security officials visit / Karen Dawley Paul -- An embarrassment of riches: access and the politics of processing Congressional collections / Larry Weimer -- Raising private monies to support archival programs / Herbert J. Hartsook -- Creating the Howard Baker Center / Alan Lowe -- Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies: an evolutionary model / Sheryl B. Vogt -- Trends in scholarship on Congress: a historian's view / Nancy Beck Young -- Congressional archives and policy history / Paul Milazzo -- Dataheads: what archivists need to know about political scientists / Scott Frisch and Sean Q. Kelly -- Congressional collections: where the mundane becomes compelling / Frank Mackaman -- Recovering history and discovering data in the archives: an alternative mode of research for Congress scholars / Douglas B. Harris -- Appendix: Chronology of advances in preserving the documentation of Congress
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