How can I find transcripts on hearings

How can I find transcripts on hearings
I would love to do a data project analyzing the topics congress people talk most about. In order to do this, I need access to lots of text data of what they say. Do you know of a way I can the transcripts of committee meetings? Not just the prepared statements, but the questions as well that are asked. Thank you so much for the help!

Answer

Thank you for your question.

The published committee hearings do have a verbatim transcript of everything that was said at the hearing, plus whatever prepared statements and other materials were submitted during the hearing. The prepared statements usually come right after the transcript of the person reading all or part of the statement, so there is quite a lot of repetition in the transcript. Other materials submitted during the hearing might include items such as newspaper articles, letters, and charts, and those usually appear at the end of the transcript as an appendix.

You can access the hearings at GovInfo.gov: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/chrg/93

This website contains contain select House and Senate hearings for the 104th Congress (1995-96) forward. Hearings from earlier congresses are being digitized, and will be added over time. The hearings are available as PDFs or as text files.

There is also some information about bulk data available under the "Developers" link at the top of the page, but they don't seem to have the hearings available yet as bulk data.

The Government Publications Office Bulk Data Task Force is working on a project to convert several categories of government documents to bulk data. If you have any questions about their project and what is currently available, you can contact them at https://ask.gpo.gov/s/contactsupport 

 

I hope this information is helpful. If this is not what you need, or if you should require any further assistance, please let us know.

 

Bobby Griffith
Lead Government Information Reference Specialist
Sycamore Library
University of North Texas Libraries
bobby.griffith@unt.edu 

  • Last Updated Apr 14, 2022
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