The Center conducts research consistent with its mission of developing a greater understanding of Congress. Research focuses not only on examining the rules and procedures of Congress but also on the ways in which the Senate and House of Representatives help determine the substance of law and policy for the Government of the United States—through their leaders, committees, caucuses, conferences, staffs and individual members, and through the interaction of Congress with the executive and judicial branches.
The Center is the repository of the John Brademas' Congressional Papers, which span Brademas' twenty-two years in Congress. The Papers provide a unique archival base for the study of American political history over a period that embraces the last two years of the Eisenhower presidency through the Administrations of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter. The collection includes documents related to the administrative, legislative and political functions of Brademas' tenure in Congress. The Center also intends to make all congressional papers available to scholars worldwide. With thousands of collections of such papers scattered at institutions across the country, there is a great need for a single, linked database of these records. The Center's Director and staff will work with the University Archivist and with other centers and archives in the United States to build an integrated, Internet-accessible database of documents and associated records. By creating such a database, the Brademas Center would serve as the nexus for using the latest technology to promote the use of archival materials on Congress. For more information visit the John Brademas Congressional Papers.