1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 12, 2019 12:07 PM by Legislative Archives

    Seeking Audio of Nelson Pill Hearings

    Mike Gaskins Newbie

      Where might I find audio archive recordings of the Nelson Pill Hearings, 1970?

        • Re: Seeking Audio of Nelson Pill Hearings
          Legislative Archives Adventurer

          Hi Mike -- thank you for posting to History Hub!

           

          The 'Nelson Pill Hearings' were held by the Senate Select Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Monopoly (of which Senator Gaylord Nelson was Chair), in the early 1970s.

           

          The transcripts of these hearings were published in three volumes:

           

          • Competitive Problems in the Drug Industry, Part 15: Oral Contraceptives (Volume One). Jan. 14, 15, 21-23, 1970 -- Y4.Sm1/2:D84/pt.15
          • Competitive Problems in the Drug Industry, Part 16: Oral Contraceptives (Volume Two). Feb. 24, 25, Mar. 3, 4, 1970 -- Y4.Sm1/2:D84/pt.16/v.2
          • Competitive Problems in the Drug Industry, Part 17: Oral Contraceptives (Volume Three). Appendices. 1970 -- Y4.Sm1/2:D84/pt.17/v.3

           

          These three hearings, and the rest of the series stretching from 1967 to 1979, are digitized and freely available online through Hathi Trust Digital Library.

           

          Regarding audio, I don't see any indication that the Center for Legislative Archives (the unit within the National Archives that holds the records of Congress), has any A/V material from the Senate Select Committee on Small Business in the 91st Congress.

           

          The responsibility for filming public hearings generally falls to C-Span and the news media. Copies of that footage rarely, if ever, end up in the official records of congressional committees.

           

          If you haven't already done so, you may want to check with film and television repositories, such as UCLA's Film & Television Archive or Vaderbilt's Television News Archive.

           

          Cheers!

          Sarah