In 1955 the Tennessee State Library and Archives began audio recording the floor sessions of the Tennessee General Assembly. Over a period of years the program gradually expanded and by the late 1980’s all standing committees of the legislature were recorded. In 2006, legislative mandate ordered the expansion of the recording program to fully record the proceedings of the General Assembly, including all committees and subcommittees. This recording has now become a year-round process as many legislative committees currently meet 12 months of the year. In addition, recordings of various special committees have been added to the audio archive, creating a unique resource of primary materials.