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Online Exhibits

Henry Clay in the U.S. Senate: Rediscovering an Historic Painting
Clay cropThe journey of a forgotten painting, from obscurity to the halls of the U.S. Capitol.
Senate Chamber Desks
Desk Crop 2Learn about the history, preservation, and occupants of each Senate Chamber desk.
Russell Senate Office Building: 1909-2009
Russell Building CropRare photographs illustrate the history of the Senate's first office building.
Isaac Bassett: A Senate Memoir
Bassett Homepage Crop Isaac Bassett worked for the U.S. Senate from 1831 to 1895. Read about his life and experiences in his own words.
Advise and Consent: Drawings by Lily Spandorf
Spandorf homepage cropArtist Lily Spandorf's sketches document the filming of Advise and Consent in the halls of the Capitol.
Take the Puck Challenge!
Puck CropAn interactive exploration of Puck magazine's 19th-century political cartoons.
Rumors! Tall Tales about Senate Art.
Rumors Title Crop View some of the colorful falsehoods and inaccuracies about the Senate Art.

Photographic Exhibits

The Senate Through the Ages
The Senate Through the AgesThe journey through the history of the U.S. Senate, exhibiting paintings, illustrations, and photographs.
Capitol Scenes: 1900-1950
Capitol Scenes: 1900-1950Photographs depicting life in and around the U.S. Capitol during the first half of the 20th century.
World War II: The Senate and the Nation's Capitol
World War II: The Senate and the Nation's CapitolDuring World War II, Washington D.C. attracted civilians and military personnel who quickly transformed the nation's capital from a sleepy town into a robust center of international politics and diplomacy. This exhibit honors the men and women who sacrificed so much to promote our national ideals of liberty and representative democracy.
Women Senators
Women SenatorsA record number of women serve as U.S. senators today. This exhibit features a few of the pioneers.
African American Senators
African American SenatorsHiram Revels became the first African American senator in 1870, followed by Blanche K. Bruce in 1875.
Arthur E. Scott Collection
Arthur E. Scott CollectionArthur E. (Scotty) Scott, was a professional photographer in Washington, D.C. from 1934 to 1976, who captured on film many prominent people in American politics.


Oral History Project

Oral history Interviews with senators, officers, staff, and others provide insight into the history and evolution of the Senate.  

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

Information about any senator, representative, vice president, or member of the Continental Congress.  


Organizational Chart

This chart shows the relationships among Senate leaders and officers who manage the flow of legislative and administrative business in the Senate.