A nice article about Garrison Nelson’s work piecing together information from “committee records [that] were scattered and incomplete.”
When he suggested that he might try to find and organize the documents back to 1789, the librarians said that would be impossible.
- A Political Scientist’s Trivial Pursuit, By Kevin Kiley, The Chronicle of Higher Education (October 24, 2010). [subscription required]
[Garrison Nelson, University of Vermont political scientist and a co-author Charles Stewart III, Massachusetts Institute of Technology] just completed Committees in the U.S. Congress 1993-2010 (CQ Press, 2010), a comprehensive account of who served where during the past 17 years. It is the latest book — and maybe the last — in a seven-volume history of U.S. Congressional committees. Thirty-five years in the making, Mr. Nelson’s collection lists every committee assignment ever made—about 140,000 of them.
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