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Abstract

share a common interest in the survival of a useful record of the United States Congress, the national legislature. Historians, the Library of Congress (LC), the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Society of American Archivists (SAA), political scientists, and indeed the Congress itself, all share a need, and it is hoped a desire, for an accurate and comprehensive record of the significant activities of the national legislature and its members. These several "parties at interest," however, have tended to work in a piecemeal fashion, without common standards and certainly without a common strategy. It is even sometimes difficult to convince some of the parties at interest that their concerns are shared. Historians, committee staffs, congressional records keepers, and National Archives staff often find themselves in adversarial confrontation, or else avoiding and evading each other over information and bits of paper.

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