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    Legislative Research Service

    John Kelly Newbie

      I am trying to track down the genesis of a report prepared/revised in 1969 for what was then called the Legislative Research Service, today's Congressional Research Service. Are there records that would indicate who commissioned the report and why?

        • Re: Legislative Research Service
          John Kelly Newbie

          For what it's worth, the report is called "Erroneous Predictions and Negative Comments Concerning Exploration, Territorial Expansion, Scientific and Technological Development; Selected Statements," by Nancy T. Gamarra, May 29, 1969, revised.

          Numbers at the top of the cover sheet are CB 150 and F 381.

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              Legislative Archives Scout

              Hi John -- thanks for posting to History Hub!


              Unfortunately there is not, to my knowledge, a good way to get at this information. The National Archives doesn't hold the records of the Congressional Research Service. You can try contacting them directly, but they're not a public facing organization (other than making recent reports available via the crsreports.congress.gov website).


              Here at the Center for Legislative Archives we will occasionally come across CRS reports in committee records, generally as part of a legislative bill file or subject file -- but seeking out a specific report of this nature in our holdings with no additional information is close to impossible.


              There are a few methods to dig into what the context for this report could have been. First, you can search congressional publications -- either committee reports or hearing transcripts -- for references to the title.


              The easiest way to do this is via ProQuest Congressional, a subscription database with the full text of the Serial Set -- which includes both published reports from congressional committees and documents ordered printed by the House or the Senate. ProQuest Congressional also has a module with the full text of congressional hearing transcripts. I would check with your local academic or law library for access. HeinOnline is another subscription database with congressional publications.


              You can also look into what was happening in the 91st Congress (Jan. 3, 1969 to Jan. 2, 1971). A good starting point is the Congress Profile from the House's History, Art & Archives website, which has the House Calendar for for that Congress. Otherwise the best resource is probably the Congressional Record -- the record of proceedings and debate on the floor of the House and Senate. The Congressional Record is freely available online via GovInfo or is also accessible through HeinOnline.


              If you do come up with a lead as to which chamber, committee, or legislation this report could have been affiliated with, we're happy to take a look in our holdings. You can contact a legislative archivist directly by emailing legislative.archives@nara.gov.




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