Committees in the U.S. Congress, 1947-1992 /
Garrison Nelson with Clark H. Bensen.
Washington, D.C. : Congressional Quarterly, c1993-
7 v. ; 29 cm.
0871877295 (v. 1) : 0871876116 (v. 2)
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Washington, D.C. : Congressional Quarterly, c1993-
0871877295 (v. 1) : 0871876116 (v. 2)
contents note
v. 1. Committee jurisdictions and member rosters -- v. 2. Committee histories and member assignments.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-04:
The result of Nelson's extensive research on leadership recruitment and selection in the US House of Representatives, this first of a projected six-volume set covers congressional committee assignments for the 80th-102nd Congresses (1947-92). According to the introduction, Congressional Quarterly is committed to publishing the first two volumes; but it is unclear who will publish the remainder or what those volumes will contain. Volume 1 provides information concerning the jurisdiction and membership of congressional committees. While it is useful to have 46 years of data in one volume, this information is available in several government publications, including Congressional Directory. That ready availability and the high cost per volume of this work make it suitable only for specialized research collections with reference dollars to spare. D. Lee; Mississippi State University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-10-01:
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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Library Journal, October 1993
Reference & Research Book News, November 1993
Choice, April 1994
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