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.

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.

Brady, Esther W., The Toad on Capitol Hill
Call #PZ7.B72915 Tm {1978 ed.– 139 pages} Provides a tale about life in Washington, D.C. in August 1814 when the British invaded and burned the city during the War of 1812.

Brill, Marlene T., Building the Capital City
Call #F194.3 .B75 {1996 ed.– 31 pages} (Includes a glossary and timeline) Presents the history of Washington, D.C. using understandable text and a collection of illustrations and photos of the city and its major buildings.

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.

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. (Listed primarily as a teacher resource book)

Prolman, Marilyn, The Story of the Capitol
Call #F204.C2 P7 {1969 ed.– 30 pages} Presents a written and illustrated history of the Capitol. Describes the important events that took place on Capitol Hill and looks at important issues of the late 1960s.

Reef, Catherine, The United States Capitol
Call #F204.C2R44 {Due to be published in October 1999} Library of Congress’s notes: Juvenile Literature. “Discusses the planning, design, construction, additions, history, famous occupants, and current visitor regulations of the United States Capitol.”

Santella, Andrew, The Capitol
Call #F204.C2 S26 {1995 ed.– 31 pages} (Includes a glossary and timeline) Furnishes a brief history of the Capitol for young readers with a selection of photographs of the interior and exterior of the building.

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.

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