Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: MA-002-001-2-1-United States-ICPSR-1789

Subject Area: Roll Call Voting Records

Bibliographic Citation: United States congressional roll call voting records, [1st-99th Houses]: reformatted data.  [machine-readable data file] / Rosenthal, Howard L.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9822

Date Accessioned: 2/16/1994

Comments: This data set is stored on 6 high-density 3.5 inch diskettes. There are two files for each congress. DTL means codebook file; RCL means roll call data files. They are stored as PKWARE self-extracting compressed files. When these files are uncompressed they will require 17,107,328 bytes of disk space. The diskettes are in the ICPSR diskette drawer.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 2/16/1993

Documentation: Machine-readable and multile volumes codebooks of previous edition on the shelf for reference use only.

Abstract: Roll call voting records for the United States House of Representatives through the 99th Congress, First Session are presented in this data collection. Each data file in the collection contains information for one chamber of a single Congress. The units of analysis are the individual members of the House of Representatives. Each record contains a member's voting action on every roll call vote taken during that Congress, along with variables that identify the member (e.g., name, party, state, and uniform ICPSR member number). In addition, the codebook provides descriptive information for each roll call, including the date of the vote, outcome in terms of yeas and nays, name of initiator, the relevant bill or resolution number, and a synopsis of the issue.

SOURCE: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. UNITED STATES CONGRESSIONAL ROLL CALL VOTING RECORDS, 1789-1990 (ICPSR 0004)

UNIVERSE: All roll call votes in the United States House of Representatives.

SAMPLE: Complete tabulations of all recorded roll call votes.

NOTE: This collection is derived from UNITED STATES CONGRESSIONAL ROLL CALL VOTING RECORDS, 1789-1990 (ICPSR 0004), and differs from that collection in several ways. Codebooks have been standardized in format across all Congresses, and a number of discrepancies in members' identifying information (member identification number, party, etc.) have been corrected. This collection is available only on six high-density 3.5-inch diskettes. Data and codebook files are stored on these diskettes as PKWARE self-extracting compressed files. Each data file contains data for one chamber of a single Congress. Data are currently available only for the House of Representatives for the 1st through the 99th Congresses. For the 99th Congress, only the first session is included. The contents of the diskettes are as follows: D00034: 1st-28th Congresses, D00035: 29th-41st Congresses, D00036: 42nd- 61st Congresses, D00037: 62nd-86th Congresses, D00038: 87th-95th Congresses, D00039: 96th-99th Congresses. The case count varies from a low of 66 to a high of 440 while the variable count varies from 79 to 1,545. There is one record per case.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 99 data files + machine-readable documentation (text).

DATA TYPE: roll call voting data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL

TIME PERIOD: 1789-1987

DATE OF COLLECTION: 1990-1991

EXTENT OF PROCESSING BY ICPSR: NONNUM/ BLANKS

Media/File Reports:

ICPSR Direct