Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies

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Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies

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The Center’s work places Congress in a historical and biographical context. We encourage historians, journalists, political scientists, and constitutional scholars to draw on the historical records of Congress and the records of individual members of the House and Senate to gain new insights into the workings of the legislative branch of government and its relationship with the Executive and Judicial branches of government under the U. S. Constitution.

The Byrd Center holds 4 congressional collections, including the papers of two members of the 89th Congress: Senator Robert C. Byrd and Congressman Harley O. Staggers, Sr.

Items in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Collection

On December 1, 1964, West Virginia Senator Jennings Randolph wrote his in-state colleague, Senator Robert C. Byrd, requesting support for a bill that would provide aid to depressed areas throughout the Appalachian region. The Senate had passed a…

Following the passage of the Appalachian Regional Development Act in the House, Senator Robert C. Byrd issued this press release announcing his intent to “expedite action” on the release of the funds needed to support the programs. As a member…

After passing the Senate and House, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965 into law on March 9, 1965. The act established the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), whose membership included…

Speaker of the House of Representatives, John McCormack. Image cropped from a photograph of the speaker with Congressman Harley O. Staggers, Sr. and a group of 4-H members at a breakfast on Capitol Hill.

At the start of the 89th Congress, Congressman Harley O. Staggers was provided with this 3-page memo providing a list of 34 legislative proposals that might be addressed in the 89th Congress, based on a "Congressional Quarterly" report of January 1,…