The following is a partial list of the publications on the United States Capitol and the Congress. Each listing includes the author, title, Library of Congress call number, year of the edition cited, number of pages, and a short annotation.

Many of these books are available commercially or through local libraries. For more specialized books and those that are out of print, please ask your local library about the availability of the books through the interlibrary loan system.


Aikman, Lonnelle, We, the People: The Story of the United States Capitol
Call #F204.C2 A45 {1991 ed.– 141 pages} Furnishes a textual and photographic history of the Capitol and Congress from its origins through the 1980s. Provides short biographies of Capitol architects and artists. Highlights major rooms of the Capitol not open to the public and presents a large cross-section of important works of art.

Allen, William, The United States Capitol: A Brief Architectural History
Call #NA4411.A58 {1995 ed.– 36 pages} 
Presents a collection of photos and illustrations showing the design and evolution of the Capitol from the late 18th century to the present.

Architect of the Capitol, Art in the U.S. Capitol
Call #N6535.W3 U54 {1976 ed.—428 pages}
Designed as a catalogue of all the art in the Capitol. Divided into: portraits, paintings, busts, statues, reliefs, frescoes, murals, exterior sculptures, and miscellaneous works of art.

Baker, Richard Allan, The Senate of the United States: A Bicentennial History
Call #JK1158.B35 {1988 ed.–255 pages} (Includes a bibliography) 
Presents an overview of how the Senate is Constitutionally structured and some of the important people and issues the institution faced from its inception through the 1980s.   Furnishes in the second section of the book a collection of Senate related documents comprising copies of important speeches, bills and resolutions. [Appropriate for AP classses]

Bowling, Kenneth, Creating a Federal City, 1774-1800
Call #F204.C2 B66 {1988 ed.– 112 pages}(Includes a bibliography) 
Suitable for upper division high school and Advanced Placement classes, presents the early history of Washington, D.C. and the Capitol. Furnishes a small collection of illustrations of the area around the new city plus a few political cartoons from the period.


James, T., The United States House of Representatives
Call #JK316.C87 {1988 ed.– 228 pages} (Includes an annotated bibliography) 
Provides a very understandable summary of the history of the House of Representatives and its Constitutional role in the federal system under the Articles of Confederation through the 1980s. Supplies a collection of House related documents illustrating the process of passing Constitutional amendments, reports and the process of impeachment. [Appropriate for AP classes]

Fournier, Harry, Constantino Brumidi
Call #ND237.B877 F6813 {1988 ed.– 126 pages}
Provides a biography of one the most important artists of the Capitol. Details the major periods in his life and works with an emphasis on his Greek ancestry. Contains a collection of b/w and color photo copies of his paintings and sculptures.

Frary, I.T., They Built the Capitol
Call #F204.C2 F7{1940 ed.– 314 pages} (Includes a bibliography, building statistics, and a detailed chronology of the Capitol through 1940) 
Suitable for advanced middle and high school students, presents the history of the Capitol from its design stage through its several rebuilding phases. Contains numerous illustrations of architectural drawings and artistic works that decorate the interior of the building.

French, Francis, Growing Up on Capitol Hill
Call #F202.C2 F74 {1997 ed.– 80 pages} 
Presents a glimpse of 19th century city life in the shadow of the Capitol between 1850-1852 through the daily journal entries of a young boy. Includes a collection of photos and illustrations from the period.

Fryd, Vivien, Art & Empire
Call #N6535. W3 F78 {1992 ed.– 213 pages} 
Examines the works of art in the Capitol created between 1820-1860. Presents the thesis that they are examples of, and efforts to reinforce, the myth of European superiority to Native Americans and the concept of “manifest destiny.”

Greenburg, Ellen, The House and Senate Explained: The People’s Guide to Congress
Call #JK1067.G74 {1996 ed.—164 pages} 
Furnishes a guide to the operations, organizational structure, and unique vocabulary used in the U.S. Congress. Includes a section on Internet access and an appendix of Congressional committee structure and areas of responsibilities.

Hoig, Stan, A Capital for the Nation
Call #F194.3.H65 {1990 ed.– 128 pages} (Includes a bibliography) 
Provides a selection of illustrations and photos of the Capitol and other federal buildings. Highlights the Capitol’s design and construction phases from 1793 to the present.

Hutson, James H., To Make all Laws: The Congress of the United States, 1789-1989
Call #JK1061.H86 {1989 ed.– 120 pages} 
Utilizes photos, political illustrations and a text suitable for upper division high school students to present the 200-year history of Congress from 1789-1989.  Examines the organization and prcedures Congress has adopted under the nation’s constitutional system of government.  Reviews some of the major legislative issues: civil rights, the economy, environmental concerns, foreign policy, and education.

Library of Congress, Temple of Liberty
Call #NA4412. W18 T46 {1995 ed.– 39 pages} (Includes a bibliography and chronology) 
Serves as a reference work to an art exhibition about the Capitol. Lists the works of art and the holders of each item.

Scott, Pamela, Temple of Liberty: Building the Capitol for a New Nation
Call #NA4412.W18 S63 {1995 ed.– 150 pages} (Includes a chronology) 
Presents a collection of b/w and color pictures showing proposals for the design of the Capitol and selections of works of art in various locations throughout the building. Contains a 33-page catalogue of illustrations.

United States Government Printing Office, The Capitol: A Pictorial History of the Capitol and of the Congress
Call #F204.C2 C29 {1988 ed.– 192 pages} 
Furnishes a wide range of topics about the Capitol, the leaders who have served the nation, and those who created the Capitol.  Topics include: The Capitol–Its History and Architecture, Congress as an Institution, Your Congress at Work, Congress and the President, Legislative Support Agencies, and In Highest Tribute. Provides a rich collection of color photographs and illustrations.

United States Government Printing Office, The Capitol: Symbol of Freedom
Call #F204.C2 C3 {1966 ed.– 60 pages}
Presents a photo-journal of important 20th century leaders and events associated with the Capitol, particularly the House of Representatives. Includes a section on art of the Capitol.

Wolanin, Barbara, Constantino Brumidi: Artist of the CapitolCall # ND237.B877 W65 {1998 ed.—247 pages} (Includes a chronology, Montgomery Meigs’ journal about Brumidi, Brumidi’s assistants, and all his known works) 
Furnishes a biographical overview of Brumidi’s life beginning with the influences and training of his early years in Italy, but focuses on his work at the Capitol. Provides a wealth of color photographs to highlight his major works in the House and Senate wings and the Rotunda. Concludes with an examination of the restoration work conducted during the last two decades to restore his works of art.

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