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Interior Department.—The Bureau of Education, Bureau of Mines, Patent Office, Reclamation Service, and Geological Survey issue irregularly lists of their respective publications. In addition, the Bureau of Mines and the Geological Survey issue monthly lists. The Geological Survey issues index maps of its topographic maps, 2,300 in number; also a series of lists showing the maps, geological folios, and geological reports covering given localities or areas. Another selected list of topographic maps is compiled to show the various physiographic types observed in the United States.
Department of Agriculture.—The Division of Publications issues a monthly list of publications, a list of publications for free distribution, a list of publications for sale, a list of Farmers' Bulletins, a subject index of material in the Farmers' Bulletins, and a monthly list of station publications received by the Office of Experiment Stations.
The Office of Experiment Stations has issued a list of the free publications of the Department of Agriculture classified for the use of teachers. It is especially desirable that every rural or agricultural school teacher possess a copy of this list. The office's Circular 93 tells the organization, work, and publications of the agricultural education service.
The Forest Service has issued a compilation of material for use in schools, obtainable from it; also a bibliography of books and periodicals on trees, forestry, and conservation.
Department of Commerce.—The office of the Secretary issues about every 12 months a list of its publications available for public distribution.
The Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce has also issued a bulletin entitled, “Promotion of Commerce: Outline of the Service Maintained by the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce and Other Bureaus and Offices of the Government of the United States. 1912. 29 p. (Miscellaneous series, no. 6B).” This bulletin contains an exhaustive bibliography of the bureau's relevant publications, in addition to the descriptive outline.
The Library of Congress has issued a list of its publications since 1897; this list includes a large number of bibliographies and reference lists on many and diverse special topics, with especial reference to those coming under the classification of economics, politics, history, and law.
The Smithsonian Institution has a list of its publications, and of those of its subsidiary, the Bureau of Ethnology. The Pan-American Union has a list of its publications.
LISTS ISSUED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS.
The Superintendent of Documents issues a monthly catalogue of Government publications, which is sold for $1.10 a year.
After the end of each session of Congress there is compiled and published an index to the reports and documents of the session. This index is issued as a congressional document and is distributed like other congressional reports and documents.
After the end of each Congress there is compiled and published a catalogue of all publications of the Government, both executive and legislative, issued during the Congress. This is printed as a document of Congress and is distributed like other documents. The latest volume issued is volume 9, for the Sixtieth Congress, covering the period from July 1, 1907, to June 30, 1909.
The Superintendent of Public Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C., has issued the following descriptive price lists of United States public documents. The lists are free, but none of the publications listed can be given away by his office.
10. Laws of United States.
| 31. Education. 15. Geological Survey publications. 32. Noncontiguous territory. Publica16. Secretary's Office (Agriculture Dept.) tions on Alaska, Canal Zone, Cuba,
List of Farmers' bulletins, Agri Guam, Hawaii, Philippine Islands,
lications of Coast and Geodetic 18. Engineering: Mechanics. Publica Survey, and Government explora
tions relating to mining, fuel tions in the West and in foreign
36. Periodicals published by various 19. Army and Navy. Publications of I Government bureaus.
War and Navy Departments and 37. Tarifi.
tions relating to domestic animals, 20. Lands. Publications of General Land poultry, and dairy industry.
Office, and other documents relat- 39. Biological Survey. Publications reing to conservation, drainage, for- lating to birds and harmful animals.
est reservations, and irrigation. 40. Chemistry Bureau. Publications on 21. Fishes.
chemical analyses of food and drug 24. Indians.
products. 25. Transportation. Publications of In- | 41. Entomology Bureau. Publications terstate Commerce Commission,
on insects. and other documents relating to 42. Experiment Stations Office. Pubroads, railroads, inland waterways, lications relating to nutrition, and shipping.
drainage and irrigation investiga28. Finance. Publications of the Treas tions, and agriculture extension
ury Department and National work.
and forest management.
44. Plant Industry Bureau. Publica- | 51. Health and hygiene. Publications
tions on seed selection, breeding, on dietary studies, milk supply, and diseases of economic plants.
food adulteration, sanitation, and 45. Public Roads Office. Publications disease.
on experiments with road materials 52. Poultry: Birds.
53. Maps published by various Govern46. Soils.
ment bureaus. 47. Statistics Bureau, Agriculture De- 54. Political economy. Publications on partment.
immigration, corporations, initia48. Weather Bureau. Publications on I tive and referendum, recall, etc.
weather forecasts and statistics of 55. National Museum publications. temperature, rainfall, and river | 56. Smithsonian Institution publications, stages.
including publications of Ethnolo50. American history. Publications on gy Bureau and American Historical
political and military history of Association.
The foregoing by no means embrace all the subjects treated in public documents. If you fail to see here what you want, send your inquiries to the Superintendent of Documents and they will be answered.
HOW TO ORDER FROM THE SPECIAL LISTS.
STATEMENT BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS.
The Superintendent of Documents is authorized to sell at cost any public document in his charge the distribution of which is not otherwise provided for.
DOCUMENTS CAN NOT BE SUPPLIED FREE TO INDIVIDUALS, NOR CAN THEY BE FORWARDED IN ADVANCE OF PAYMENT.
The accumulation of Government publications in this office amounts to several millions, of which more than a million are available as a sales stock, covering nearly every important department, bureau, and series. Many rare books are included, but under the law all must be sold "at cost," regardless of their age or scarcity. Of many of the most valuable works, but few copies remain.
In ordering, it should be borne in mind that most of the books have been in stock some time and are likely to be shopworn. In filling orders, however, the best copy available is sent.
This office possesses the most nearly complete collection of United States Government publications and employs several document experts in reference work. Information regarding public documents will gladly be supplied.
As the sales office for Government publications, we are anxious to inform the people how and where to secure documents they may desire.
Lists on various subjects will be issued from time to time FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION. No general price list of public documents is at present available, but lists on special subjects will be furnished on application.
No publications can be distributed free or exchanged.
HOW TO REMIT. Remittances should be made to the SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS, GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, WASHINGTON, D. C., by postal money order, express order, or New York draft. If currency is sent, it will be at sender's risk.
TO FACILITATE THE PAYMENT OF THE COST OF DOCUMENTS, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS WILL ACCEPT COUPONS ISSUED
BY HIM INSTEAD OF CASH. COUPONS OF THE VALUE OF 5 CENTS EACH ARE SOLD IN SETS OF 20 FOR $1.00. ADDRESS ORDER TO SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS, GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, WASHINGTON, D. C.
Postage stamps, coins defaced or worn smooth, foreign money, or uncertified checks positively will not be accepted.
No charge is made for postage on documents forwarded to points in the United States, Guam, Hawaii, Philippine Islands, Porto Rico, or to Canada, Cuba, or Mexico. To other countries the regular rate of postage is charged, and remittances must cover such postage.
PUBLICATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF
Under the new plan of publication work, adopted July 1, 1913, publications of the Department of Agriculture may be classified as follows:
1. Annual reports. These consist of such as the Yearbook, the annual reports of the various bureaus, divisions, and offices, which, in connection with the Annual Report of the Secretary, constitute the volume entitled “Annual Reports, Department of Agriculture.” In addition to these, annual reports of bureau operations are prepared, under the law, by the Weather Bureau, the Bureau of Animal Industry, the Bureau of Soils, and the Office of Experiment Stations. Of these, the Yearbook is perhaps the most popular. It is usually illustrated with full-page half-tone and colored illustrations, and contains much material that might be useful in teaching a variety of subjects. Of this volume 500,000 copies are printed annually, 470,000 being reserved for distribution by Senators, Representatives, and Delegates in Congress, from whom copies can probably be secured by teachers desiring the volumes for their school libraries.
2. The departmental series of bulletins.—These will contain the popular and semi-technical papers that have heretofore been published in the bulletin or circular series of the various bureaus, divisions, and offices. The bureau series have been discontinued. These bulletins are designed to describe in popular form the results of investigations by the department, each bulletin being confined to a particular subject; the size will vary from 4 to 60 pages. The bulletins will be for free distribution as long as the supply lasts; after that applicants will be referred to the Superintendent of Documents, who has them for sale under the law of January 12, 1895.
3. Journal of Research.—The scientific and technical matter heretofore published in the bureau bulletins and circulars will hereafter appear in the Journal of Research, which will be distributed free only to agricultural colleges, technical schools, experiment stations, libraries of large universities, Government depositories, and to such institutions as make suitable exchanges with the department. This journal is not designed for free popular distribution, but will be for sale by the Superintendent of Documents at an annual price to be affixed by him.
1 Statement furnished by Mr. Joseph A. Arnold, Chief of Division of Publications, Department of Agriculture,
4. Periodicals.—These will comprise the Experiment Station Record, the Monthly Weather Review, and the North American Fauna. These publications are issued in rather limited editions because they are not suitable for popular distribution.
5. Farmers' Bulletins.—This is the most popular series of publications of the department, and the pamphlets are designed for the widest possible distribution. They vary in size from 4 to 32 pages, deal with a particular subject, and give positive directions for doing things. The demand for them is so great that the department can not supply them in sufficient quantity for class work; therefore, teachers are referred to their Senators or Representatives in Congress, each of whom has an allotment of the publications to his credit for distribution to his constituents. A limited number of copies can sometimes be supplied by the department.
There is no list of persons who receive all of the publications issued, as this would be a very wasteful and unsatisfactory method of distribution. Instead, the Monthly List of Publications is issued about the first of each month and is sent regularly to all who ask to receive it. From this list publications can be ordered by proper title and number, either from the free or sales list. Only requests for publications that are for free distribution should be addressed to the Department of Agriculture.
In case teachers desire special advice or suggestions with reference to the publications for class use they may write direct to the Office of Experiment Stations, which is specifically charged with carrying on the farm educational work of the department.
Teachers of correlated subjects in the same school may economize not only in the number of bulletins used, but also in their own and their pupils' work, by comparing lists before ordering publications. A limited number of bulletins carefully studied by the teacher or the class, or assigned to certain members for individual reports, are of much greater service than a hundred forgotten on the shelves at home or in the school library.
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SPECIAL HELPS TO THE TEACHER, OTHER THAN PUBLICATIONS.
The Office of the Secretary, Interior Department, has a collection of 83 photographs of national parks, in color, of a size to cover a 250-foot wall space in single tier, which is lent to libraries for exhibition purposes on payment of transportation charges. An accompanying catalogue contains brief quotations describing most of the pictures.