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Abstract

One of the more difficult decisions for congressional archivists is deciding what to do with case files. It might help to first understand what importance casework held in the congressperson’s career, particularly as it influenced chances of re-election. A review of the literature shows that there is little agreement among experts in this regard. In congressional archives there is also little agreement on whether the files should be retained. This paper looks at the advantages and disadvantages in using various methodologies in processing these files in an effort to clarify criteria for making that decision.

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