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January 1989.

This project was a joint effort with the Senate

Historical Office and the Joint Committee on Printing. The re

sponsibility of preparing and editing the biographical sketches of

more than 10,000 House Members was that of the Office for the

Bicentennial.

A Guide to Research Collections of Former Members of the

United States House of Representatives, 1789-1987; Bicentennial

Edition.

This 504-page compilation of the locations and descrip

tions of important research collections of more than 3,000 of for

mer Members of the House was begun in 1984.

The publication

represents the results of an ambitious national survey to locate

the scattered manuscripts and other historical material that is

essential to further historical studies of the House of Represen

tatives. No such guide for House historical resources existed un

til this publication appeared in December 1988.

It represents a

major tool for further studies of the House.

It was compiled with

the nationwide support of volunteer historians, archivists, and

librarians, who provided the data for the publication.

Guide to the Records of the United States House of Represen

tatives at the National Archives, 1789-1989: Bicentennial Edition.

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This 466-page guide to the official committee records of the House

at the National Archives was a major bicentennial project of the

National Archives.

The Office for the Bicentennial and the Office

of the Clerk of the House were instrumental in launching this pro

ject and worked closely with the Archives staff in the review and

editing of the manuscript during its four years of preparation, beginning in 1985. The volume was published at the beginning of

the 101st Congress in January 1989.

This guide, and a similar

guide to Senate records, represent the first systematic descrip

tion of House and Senate records since "preliminary inventories"

of House records were completed in 1959.

History in the House.

Periodically, beginning in October

1984, the Office for the Bicentennial has prepared 4 to 8-page

newsletters on historical topics and bicentennial information.

Some of the features subsequently have been used by Members in

their own newsletters and speeches, and a number of the newsletter

items have been reprinted in newspapers around the country and are

being used in classrooms.

The newsletters are distributed to all

congressional offices, a select list of historians and political scientists, and members of the public who have requested to be

added to our mailing list.

Ten issues have appeared since 1984,

with a circulation of about 4,600 copies.

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Black Americans in Congress.

(Forthcoming).

The Office for

the Bicentennial began work on this project in 1986.

Originally

planned as an update of a popular booklet of the same name issued

by Congress during the American Revolution Bicentennial, and long

out of print, the Office for the Bicentennial with encouragement

of the House bicentenary commission, has expanded the scope of the

publication with new research and new illustrations which add sub

stantially to the biographical data available.

The manuscript is

completed and ready for submission to GPO as soon as a pending printing resolution receives final approval from both bodies.

Women in Congress. (Forthcoming).

(Forthcoming). This, too, was originally

conceived and published during the American Revolution Bicenten

nial and has long been out of print. Again, the Office for the

Bicentennial decided to rewrite the entire publication based on

new research.

Work began in 1986. All primary research is com

pleted, all phonographs have been collected, and new sketches are

currently being drafted. The volume should be ready for publica

tion in about three months.

Origins of the House of Representatives: A Documentary

Record. (Forthcoming). This is a compilation of historical

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material from James Madison's Notes at the Federal Convention in

Philadelphia in 1787, the Federalist and Antifederalist debates,

and private letters of the Founding Fathers and Members of the

First Congress, which describe the origins of the House of Repre

sentatives.

Each document is introduced with an editorial note on

its historical significance. This project, launched by the Office for the Bicentennial in mid 1987, is now completed and ready for

publication, pending passage of a printing resolution.

The U.S. Capitol: A Brief Architectural History. (Forthcom

ing).

Prepared by the Office of the Architect of the Capitol,

this publication (approximately 25 pages) will feature a succinct text and some outstanding historical photographs documenting the

evolution of the Capitol Building, one of the most familiar Amer

ican landmarks.

The Office for the Bicentennial encouraged the

production of this booklet and has assisted with its design and

preparation for publication.

The booklet is completed and awaits

approval of a pending printing resolution.

Exhibits

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The_Splendid Hall.

The Office for the Bicentennial acted

primarily as a coordinator and facilitator for congressional ex

hibits since the Office had no specific budget or sufficient staff

to mount major exhibits on its own.

The Office did create two ex

hibits. The first, which can be seen in Statuary Hall, is on the

history of that room when it served as the House Chamber from 1807

to 1857. Planning for the six-panel exhibit, entitled "The

Splendid Hall," began in 1987.

The Office for the Bicentennial

had the cooperation and support of the Office of the Architect of

the Capitol in assembling the, exhibit. The exhibit opened in Jan

uary 1989 as soon as the space was available following events surrounding the presidential inauguration. It is designed to blend

in with the room and not interfere with other uses of the space so

the exhibit can remain in place indefinitely.

Congress on Stamps.

In cooperation with the Capitol Hill

Philatelic club, the U.S. Postal Service, the Congressional Re

search Service, and the Smithsonian Institution, the Office for

the Bicentennial mounted a popular exhibition of U.S. commemora

tive postage stamps which featured Members of Congress, Acts of

Congress, and the Capitol Building.

The centerpiece of the exhib

it was the new House and Senate bicentennial postage stamps, de

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