Association of centers for the study of congress

An independent alliance of organizations and institutions that study the U.S. Congress

The ACSC supports a wide range of programs to inform and educate students, scholars, policy-makers, and the general public on Congress. We encourage the preservation of materials that document the work of Congress and support programs that make those materials available for education and research. 

"The Great Society Congress" Digital Exhibit

“The Great Society Congress” explores the central role the 89th Congress played in creating the Great Society and reveals how some of the most impactful pieces of legislation in American history were debated and shaped.

Congress Week

We encourage a focus on Congress each year during the month of April, the month in 1789 when Congress first got down to the business of governing the United States under its new Constitution.

Research in Congressional Collections Grants

Institutional members have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $500 on behalf of individuals that have conducted research in their congressional collections.

Benefits of membership

Below are just a few benefits of membership. Visit the membership page to learn about why and how to join the ACSC.

Engage with the interdisciplinary community of scholars, archivists, and public policy researchers currently involved with congressional studies and the history of Congress.

Partner with ACSC members to improve outreach and education about Congress and incorporate congressional collections in that effort.

Join with major congressional papers repositories and study centers to build the research base for study of Congress.

Collaborate with the Archivist of the Senate and the Archivist of the House of Representatives to develop expertise for transfer and management of electronic records.

Member Spotlight

Hawai‘i Congressional Papers Collection, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

The Hawai‘i Congressional Papers Collection in the University Archives & Manuscripts Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library collects the papers of the Hawai‘i congressional delegation since 1959. The collection measures over 4,000 linear feet. Read more