History - The 1940's

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The Texas State Library and Historical Commission continued to publish Texas Libraries which featured articles and news about documents related topics. News Notes - The Bulletin of the Texas Library Association began publication in 1924 and articles on government information and documents librarianship began appearing in 1925. As the quality of News Notes improved, so did the substantive information and during the 1940's the documents librarians' topics parallel concerns of today - cataloging, preservation; the research value of even ephemeral, pamphlet-like materials; the importance of documents to special libraries; and ". . . the continuing function of the library under a democratic government . . . to aid in developing in the people a critical mind and considered judgment." ("Propaganda and the College and University Library," by Florence Nierman, the University of Texas Library, News Notes, July 1941 (vol. 17, no. 3, pt. 2, page 21)

". . . Because of the second World War, TLA did not meet in 1943 or 1945. The 1944 meeting was held in Dallas and was devoted to post-war planning. The past eight years, from 1946 [to 1956] can be recalled by most of us. One recommendation of the earlier Library Planning Committee was carried out when a State Supervisor of School Libraries was appointed in the State Department of Education in 1946. Another recommendation of the planning Committee was realized in 1948, when the Graduate School of library Science was established at the University [of Texas at Austin] . . . Our history is also of value to us in showing us that patience and effort can, in time, accomplish our purpose. Perhaps a more important lesson for us is the importance of friends, the necessity of support from citizen groups. Equally important is the evidence that carefully laid plans are essential to most accomplishment." ("As Others see Us: The Background," by Fred Folmer, Texas Library Journal, vol.30, no. 2, June, 1954, page 109.)

Current Federal Depository Libraries who joined the Program during the 1940's are: Hardin-Simmons College (now Hardin-Simmons University), 1940; North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas); Texas College of Arts and Industries (now the Texas A&M University, Kingsville, 1944; and Sam Houston State College (now Sam Houston State University), 1949.

During the 1940's the of government documents - especially pamphlets - were critical to the War Effort. And documents collections in Texas and the United States brought this vital information to the public.

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The following excerpts are included to chronicle Texas interest in government information and documents librarianship.

Items of Interest from the 1940's

June 1940 (Texas Libraries, vol. 6, no. 4, 1940, page 5) "500 Books for Children"

"The U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Education has issued a bulletin listing approximately 500 readable books for pre-school and elementary school children. It will be found useful as buying guide and as a guide in children's reading. This bulletin may be obtained through your Congressman, or from the Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D.C. for 15 cents. It is Bulletin 1939, no. 11.

June 1940 (Texas Libraries, vol. 6, no. 4, 1940, page 5) "For Free Distribution"

"The Legislative Division of the Texas State Library calls attention to the beautiful 1940 Texas Highway Map with its photographic scenes of interesting Texas buildings, highways, and beauty spots, and brief descriptions of them. Attention is also called to the mimeographed pamphlet Texas prepared by the Texas Library and Historical Commission, which includes a brief introductory paragraph of the history of Texas, and innumerable valuable items such as the "State Seal and Flag," "State Holidays, " "State Parks and Recreational Centers" and the words and music of "Texas, Our Texas." The two above items can be had for the asking by writing to the Legislative Division, Texas State Library, Capitol Building, Austin."

July 1940 (News Notes, vol. 16, no. 3, 1940, pages 13-14) [TLA Conference Program] "Catalogers' Section Meeting"

[Excerpt:] The Catalogers' Section Breakfast was held May 2, 1940 form 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. [at the Annual Conference.] The program consisted of a panel discussion of problems arising from the existence of a government documents collection in a library. The panel was led by Miss Clara M. McFrancis of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Others participating were Miss Doris Clower, University of Texas Library; Miss Edith C. McCright, El Paso Public Library; Miss Rebecca Royall, Texas State Library; Mr. John Rodell, Houston Public Library; and Miss Ruth Walling, East Texas State Teachers College . . . Practices in the various libraries represented were described and discussed . . . the consensus of opinion seemed to be that much, or all of the processed material sent out by government bureaus could be regarded as current interest only and discarded after a time . . . One point brought up on the other side was the fact that this material may be important for research, although it was admitted that not every library can maintain a collection for this purpose, and that since completeness cannot be achieved, any serious research would have to utilize larger libraries or the library of the issuing bureau. One method of preserving this material was suggested, that of microphotography, the films to be kept in some central place and to be available to libraries . . . It seemed to be the general practice to keep the collection together, although several libraries reported making exceptions for documents that are constantly used. Three methods of classification were reported - according to the Dewey classification, according to the Superintendent of Documents classification, and alphabetically by issuing departments and divisions. As for cataloging, two methods seem to be in current use. Miss McFrancis and one or two others said that their documents were fully cataloged in the card catalog. Mr. Rodell, Miss Walling, and other librarians relied on the Monthly Catalog and the Documents Catalog as sole indexes to the collection. It was pointed out that government indexes analyze the documents much more thoroughly than the most careful cataloging can; that catalogs are growing so large and intricate that we need to rely more and more on printed indexes and bibliographies; that government documents are the most thoroughly indexed body of material that we have, and that it is a useless expense to duplicate work already performed. One object brought up to this substitution of government indexes for the card catalog was that the indexes are slow in issue. Other problems touched upon were those occasioned by the frequency of changes made in the issuing departments; and the difficulty of shelving, because of the varying formats. Pamphlet boxes, adjustable backs, and compartment shelving were some solutions offered.

December 1940 (Texas Libraries, vol. 7, no. 2, page 3) "The Checklist"

The Checklist of the Legislative Reference Division of the Texas State Library will be sent to any library in the state not already receiving the regular shipments of Texas documents. It is a list of recent state publications. Any item will be supplied to Texas Libraries by the Legislative Reference Division up request. Included on the list are such interesting recent publications as: Agricultural Experiment Station. "Rose growing for the home gardener," Game Fish and Oyster Commission. "Management of fur bearing animals on Texas farms," Texas State College for Women, "Clothing for the child."

December 1940 (Texas Libraries, vol. 7, no. 2, page 7) "A Selective Index to Texas Magazines"

A Selective Index to Texas Magazines is being made regularly at the Texas State Library. The index includes about twenty-five Texas magazines with the same subject headings used by the Reader's Guide. The magazines are an excellent source of material on such subjects as Texas public affairs, Texas history and legends, state parks, Texas cities and towns, biographies of notable Texans, and industrial development in Texas. The index has been very useful, particularly to legislators and other public officials. A part of these magazines are too specialized for the average small library, but many contain numerous articles of general interest and an index of such magazines would provide Texas material not easily found elsewhere for the use of students, study clubs, speakers and various other local groups . . . . [A list of the magazines follows]

December 1940 (Texas Libraries, vol. 7, no. 2, page 9) "Farmers' Bulletins"

"Farmers' Bulletins as is well known may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - many at a cost of 5 cents each. The following are a few of the interesting subjects recently published: . . . "Arbor day, its purpose and observance." Farmers' Bulletin No. 1492. "Cotton shirts for men and boys." Farmer's bulletin No. 1837. "Judging fabric quality." Farmer's Bulletin No. 1845. "The liming of soils." Farmers' Bulletin No. 1845. "Women's dresses and slips - a buying guide." Farmer's Bulletin No 1851."

March 1941 (Texas Libraries, vol. 7, no. 3, page 2-3) "National Defense: Let's Put Our Shoulder to the Wheel"

[Note: This two page article discusses the importance of librarians to the war effort and the involvement of library associations to coordinate the work of libraries with the War Department and other agencies. The following highlights the work of librarians and the distribution of government information.]

[Excerpt:] "When all our country is massing its energy, money, equipment, and resources for National Defense -- what are we doing? . . . our profession steps to the forefront with the training, the experience, and the close familiarity necessary for the prompt, and efficient dissemination of knowledge to discussion tables, to drawing-boards, to machine-factories, to assembly lines, to field tents, and to hospital beds. We are the men and women who, like arteries, can carry the bloodstream of facts and figures to every limb of Defense . . . [a] five-page circular was prepared by the Federal Security Agency of the U.S. Office of Education to determine "public library facilities and needs in the defense areas," and whether federal aid will be necessary to eke out state and community funds . . . ."

June 1941 (Texas Libraries, vol. 7, no. 4, page 5) "Government Documents of Unusual Interest"

[Excerpt:] "The following useful publications are available from the United States Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.: Choose a Book About Things to be Conserved. 5 cents. An annotated list of books on nature and wildlife for primary through junior high grades. Annotations are on the child's level. The CCC at Work. Federal Security Agency. Free. In easy, concise sentences the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps is forcefully presented. The photographs on each page show different phases of life in the CCC. Field Manual for Museums. National Park Service. price 70 cents. Prepared by members of the Museum Division of the National Park Service, this booklet deals with the most important problems and techniques of museums management. It has been prepared to aid monument custodians, park naturalists, historians, and museum curators who operate National Park Service museums."

June 1941 (Texas Libraries, vol. 7, no. 4, page 8) "Round the World with Cotton"

"Round the World With Cotton may be secured free to libraries from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Adjustment Administration, College Station, Texas. It presents in a simple, non-technical style the story of cotton both at home and abroad, since its legendary origin 5,000 years ago. It is well-illustrated with photographs and pictorial graphs and is excellent for use in geography and social studies."

July 1941 (News Notes, vol. 17, no. 3, pt. 2, pages 19-21) "Propaganda and the College and University Library"

By Florence Nierman, the University of Texas Library

[Note: This article is included to demonstrate that many of the contemporary issues we struggle with in 2002 are not new. After the following introductory paragraphs, the article then identifies reference tools like the Vertical File Service Catalog, Public Affairs Information Service and the hearings of the Dies Committee, and lists from the Department of State that will help identify organizations publishing pamphlets with "special pleadings." While the excerpt is long, the entire article is recommended.]

[Excerpt:] Before attempting to suggest means of detecting and methods of handling propaganda in the college and university library, it will be necessary to define the term and consider its implications for democracy and the library as an institution of a democratic society . . . We are all too prone to label exposition of ideas that are contrary to ours as propaganda and to dismiss them as worthless or condemn then as vicious . . . Practically all the material in a library except the scientific treatises can thus be classed as propaganda. It is practically impossible to find discussions of economics, political science or history that are without bias. Literature is particularly guilty of attempting to influence public opinion. We are constantly barraged through the press, moving pictures, and the radio with high-pressure advertising attempting to convince us of the superiority of some face cream, patent medicine, or make of automobile . . . To collect propaganda or not collect propaganda is a decision that must be made by each library . . . The righteous cry for suppression and censorship of so-called "subversive" literature is always heard, but it becomes particularly loud in times of stress and crisis such as we are experiencing today. If we believe that we have reached a state of perfection, there may be some excuse for such action. However, if there still seems to be room for improvement, it will be well to pay attention to these tongues that pierce our smug complacency. The very fact that such voices are heard would indicate that all things are not as thy should be. It will be well to remember that practically all the statutes on our books today were placed there by militant, vocal minorities that fought for reform against violent opposition of the supporters of the status quo . . . That which is regard as "subversive today may be accepted as true tomorrow. We can hardly set ourselves up as omnipotent to sort the good from the evil. Tolerance is the basis of our ideal of democracy. If we deny the right of freedom to any individual or group, we are being false to our ideal. We must give others the right that we claim for our selves or our whole structure is false. The cry for suppression is a weak admission of fear. If democracy is strong enough, it does not need to be protected from criticism of the proponents of other political theories. The only way to meet the propaganda of ideologies that conflict with our democratic principles if to bring them into the open and meet their contentions with arguments of our own. . . The function of the library under a democratic government is to aid in developing in the people a critical mind and considered judgment . . . compromise to the extent that it is inescapable, is only a means toward making sure that "government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish form the earth."

December 1941 (Texas Libraries, vol. 7, no. 6, page 7) "Libraries and National Defense"

Abstract: The American Library Association has begun issuing a circular that lists up-to-the-minute books and pamphlets, especially government publication dealing with defense. Several of these are from the Office of Education, the Office of Civilian Defense and the Children's Bureau. Of particular interest is the Children's Bureau "Defense of Children" series of leaflets.

December 1941 (Texas Libraries, vol. 7, no. 6, page 8) "Pamphlet Material"

Abstract: The article, "Pamphlets," by Bertha A. Buelow in the South Dakota Library Bulletin for September, 1941 contains some useful inform on the care of pamphlets and other vertical file material. Sources of free and inexpensive material for the file are listed and included: Public Affairs pamphlets which may be subscribed to, brief biographies of authors frequently obtainable free from outstanding publishers, Farmers' Bulletins and many of the Office of Education publications, and the A.L.A. Booklist which contains lists of recommend pamphlets in each issue.

December 1941 (Texas Libraries, vol. 7, no. 6, page 8) "Biographical Directory"

[Excerpt:] "A biographical Directory of Texas Congresses and Conventions covering the dates 1832-45 has just been completed by Miss Elizabeth Le Noir Hennett, legislative appointee of Speaker Homer Leonard . . . The directory sketches of the 483 members of the congresses and conventions. The Executive Department for each of the years when Texas was a republic is also given. Miss Hennett's book is the only work of this type which brings all this information together, and as biographical material on many of these men is extremely difficult to find, the directory should be quite useful in Texas history collections . . . Inquiries regarding the Directory should be addressed to the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Capitol Building, Austin."

March 1942 (Texas Libraries, vol. 8, no. 1, page 2) "War Information Packets"

[Excerpt:] "Fifty-two municipal and county libraries in Texas, as well as the Texas State Library, have been designated by the American Library Association as war information centers and will receive monthly packets of defense material from Washington. The titles listed below are among those that have been assembled for Library Loan Packet Number One. Where prices are listed, copies are obtainable from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.; otherwise write to the issuing agency." [The list that follows includes titles like: "War Against Waste," "Guide for Training Volunteer Nurses' Aides," and "Our Flag."]

March 1942 (Texas Libraries, vol. 8, no. 1, page 8) "Health Books"

[Excerpt:] "With ever-increasing request for books on nutrition and heath, librarians who do not subscribe to the A.L.A. 'Booklist,' may want to secure the sheets reprinted from 'Booklist' for the past few years. These lists are called 'Health Books for Public Libraries,' and are compiled by the National Health Library. The U.S. Office of Education conducts an information exchange service which has prepared loan packets on subjects especially useful at this time. The Nutrition and Defense series includes four packets: . . . The Public Affairs pamphlets are also up-to-date, readable treatments of timely subjects . . . ."

March 1942 (Texas Libraries, vol. 8, no. 1, page 9) "Book Lists"

[Excerpt:] "The Texas State library has for distribution some leaflets called "Children's Books for 1940-41," and will gladly send copies to libraries requesting them, The pamphlet gives annotations of a number of outstanding children's books of the past year . . . The Texas State Library has recently prepared for distribution two book lists; a list of technical books and a list of books on the present war. The books may be borrowed by persons not having access to free library service, or through interlibrary loan . . . ." [The technical list included books on automobile maintenance, electricity, radio, etc.]

April 1942 (News Notes, vol. 18, no. 2, plates 23-24) "Public Libraries - El Paso Public Library"

By Edith C. McCright

[Note: This article is an update on improvements at various public libraries around the state] El Paso Public Library . . . The library co-operated with Pan-American Roundtable group and the College of Mines . . . According to the printed report for the year ending February 28, 235,759 people used the library . . .; 4,212 books were purchased, and 1,480 gifts were added during the year, making a total of 66,405 books for adults, 6,042 for boys and girls and 51,048 pamphlets and unbound documents . . . The recorded number of people given special assistance in the reference department was 16,596.

July 1942 (News Notes, vol.18, no. 3, pages 22-24) "Government Publications Useful in School Libraries"

By Margaret Kessler Walraven, Librarian Technical High School, Dallas

[Excerpt:] Before pointing out special titles or series useful in school libraries, the question might very properly be asked: "What is a government document?" . . . Any publication, then issued under the imprint of the Government or authority of the Government is a Government documents . . . In spite of all these claims to popularity, few school libraries use government publications extensively, and few teachers are acquainted with the title especially useful to them. There are various reasons. Courses in reference in library school too often stress the documents few of us ever use. There are exercises on the earlier indexes but small mention of sources for finding new and current materials. Another failing is inadequacy of indexing, methods of distribution, and small demanding our libraries for material supplementary to texts. It is discouraging to take time to write letters for things that are never used. Teachers need courses in government publications useful in teaching, along with the general courses . . . .

[Note: The remainder of the 3 page article discusses the major indexes, newsletters, bibliographies that easily identify current documents - many are familiar today - the Monthly Catalog, U.S. Government Manual, the Congressional Directory, Statistical Abstract and Agriculture Yearbook. While others are typical of the time - the Office of Civil Defense, the Office of Facts and Figures, etc.]

September 1942 (Texas Libraries, vol. 8, no. 6, page 6) "War Information Packets"

Abstract: A notice from Mr. Carl Milam, secretary of the American Library Association, urges all possible publicity to government publications on the war effort, and also requests librarians to write to Miss Harriett Root, Chief of the Service Division, Bureau of Public Inquiries, Office of War Information, telling her of the use being made of the materials sent out by her off ice. Attractive exhibits can be made of this material. Miss Root particularly desires pictures of such exhibits in order to judge the effectiveness of the packets.

September 1942 (Texas Libraries, vol. 8, no. 3, page 8) Government Publications

[Excerpt:] A number of timely publications have been issued recently by government agencies. A few of the most useful ones are listed below . . . . [This is followed by a list of Department of Agriculture pamphlets on home economics topics.]

January 1943 (News Notes, vol. 19, no. 1, pages 8-9) "Between the Book Ends - Some Recent Pamphlets"

The library, as a community enterprise, and as an educational agency that is democratic and which reaches a cross section of the people, has a definite responsibility to its public in seeing that they are informed of their government's programs which affect them. At no time have pamphlets been of more value to the library than they are at present, because they are inexpensive way of keeping information up to date and because they are brief and concise and may be used quickly by the busy man who cannot wade through a book to get the information he wants. [Note: This opening paragraph is followed by a discussion of the Office of War Information pamphlets, the Department of Agriculture pamphlets, the Office of Price Administration, the Office of Defense Health and Welfare Services, and the Texas State Nutrition Committee.]

March 1943 (Texas Libraries, vol. 9, no. 1, page 5) "Texas State Library Gets Custody of WPA Books"

"With the closing of the WPA Library Project, the Texas State Library acquired custody of the entire collection of the project in Texas. Of the 14,000 books in the collection, many will be lent to the army camps in all branches of the service, especially to those waiting for camp library establishment and the employment of trained library personnel. The books will also be lent through the traveling library collections of the Texas State Library, through the general loan collection, to supplement the demonstration collections of the Extension Division, and in numerous other ways."

March 1943 (Texas Libraries, vol.9, no. 1, page 7) "Army Library Service"

[Excerpt:] "The Army Library Service, established after the first World War and greatly expanded with the coming of World War II, is performing a valuable service in providing our armed forces wherever they may be stationed - . . . The U.S. Office of Education's publication, Education for Victory for February 1, 1943, gives a comprehensive description of the different phases of the Army Library Service . . . ."

September 1944 (Texas Libraries, vol. 10, no. 3, pages 4-12) "Procedures (Especially for the small library; adapted from an outline in the Iowa State Library Quarterly)"

[Excerpt:] . . .
D. U.S. Government Documents: Keep only those bound documents containing material which is obviously useful and fits the reference needs of the library. In discarding bound federal documents, do not destroy them unless official permission is given. The librarian must write to the Superintendent of Documents, Washington D.C. (1) stating the total number and a general description of the books (not an itemized list) and (2) requesting franks with which to mail them to Washington. The Superintendent of Documents, upon receiving this request, directs the local post office to furnish sufficient mail sacks in which the books are to be packed. The library may be asked to delay mailing until a time when the office can best handle the books, or other disposition may be indicated. Libraries are cautioned not to send these mail sacks to the express office . . . Many small libraries are burdened with old bound government publications for which they have no demand from readers and for which there is no index available. The librarian is advised to weed them carefully. Consider keeping the following: From the Department of Agriculture: Statistical Year Books, Farmers Bulletins. From Civil Service Commission: Laws, regulations and announcements. From Department of Commerce; Statistical abstract of the United States; Yearbook of Commerce; Abstract of Census, Decennial. From Congress: Biographical Congressional Directory.
E. Texas State documents. Keep only those that have value or use in your community. The State Library is interested in locating state documents issued prior to 1920.

March 1946 ( Texas Libraries, vol. 11, no. 1, page [3]-[4]) "Texas Documents"

[Excerpt:] "Are you getting all the Texas document to which you are entitled? One of the duties of the State Library is to furnish Texas libraries with Texas documents. Those libraries on our mailing list have received the following items: . . . "[The list includes documents from laws, agriculture, and fish and game.]

August 1946 (Texas Libraries, vol. 11, no. 6, pages 2-3) "Recent Publications by Government Departments"

[Excerpt:] "Orders for the publications listed should be addressed to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington 25, D.C. Remittance (check or money order) should be enclosed at the time of ordering. . . . " [The list that follows includes Department of Interior, Forest Service, Department of Commerce and Department of State publications.]

October 1946 (Texas Libraries, vol. 11, no. 8, pages 2-3) "The Better to Know Your Government"

[Excerpt:] "How often have you wished for a handy, compact, inexpensive reference guide to the United States Government which would answer many common and uncommon questions without your having to refer to large volumes, as well as one which you could suggest as a first purchase for home reference purposes? Your wish is granted in "Our American Government, What Is It? How Does It Function?" Compiled by Wright Patman, the pamphlet is a comprehensive story of the history and functions of the American government, nonpartisan in character, and presented in popular question and answer form. Now in its sixth revised edition, it can be purchased for 15 cents from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington 25 D.C. . . . . [This is followed by example questions and answers from the booklet.]

December 1947 (Texas Libraries, vol. 12, no. [8], page [1]) "Understanding American Foreign Policy"

"During the past year the Department of State Bulletin has undoubtedly become the most complete current documentary record of the Government's policies, decisions, and operations in the field of foreign political and economic relations. Many libraries have found it one of the most frequently consulted and widely read government periodicals. Your readers will appreciate having available this running account of American foreign policy. The price is $5 a year. A sample copy may be secured from the Department of State without charge."

December 1947 (Texas Libraries, vol. 12, no. [8], page 3) "Soil Conservation and Libraries"

The announcement of another "Save the Soil and Save Texas" program offering state championship prizes, awards to outstanding conservationists within each of the state's five conservation regions . . . The State Library is preparing a book list on the subject . . . .

October 1948 (News Notes, vol. 34, no. 4, page 26) "College and University Libraries - North Texas State College"

This library has been designated as a depository for U.S. Government publications and a separate Documents Collection has been organized using the Superintendent of Documents classification . . . Pauline Ward, B.S. in L.S., University of Illinois; M.A., University of Texas) has been named documents librarian. Miss Ward was formerly reference librarian at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. Shelves for an additional 4,000 books have bee received, to be installed in the top level of the stacks.

January 1949 (Texas Libraries, vol. 12, no. 9, pages [1]-2) "Save the Soil and Save Texas" A Reading List

The following books and pamphlets, although primarily sources of information for farmers and ranchers, will be of particular interest to Texans preparing editorials and essays in the Save The Soil and Save Texas program. They are written for the general reader and do not require technical knowledge as a background . . . . [The list that follows includes U.S. Department of Agriculture Miscellaneous Publications and Soil Conservation Surveys.]

July 1949 (News Notes, vol. 25, no. 3, pages 108-110) "Magnolia Petroleum Company Refinery Library Beaumont - TLA Conference Program."

By Dorothy M. Lamb, Librarian

[Note: This address was given at the meeting of the Special Libraries Division, T.L.A., Abilene, April 8, 1949]

[Excerpt:] . . . Our sources of information consist of books and periodicals already mentioned and research reports put out by Socony-vacuum Oil Company and its branches and subsidiaries. After exhausting these sources public libraries, state collections and government agencies are contacted. The government bureaus seem to have an unlimited amount of information on a wealth of information published by associations, societies, government bureaus, and our own research departments in the various divisions. lists of this material are recorded in various publications: The U.S. Bureau of Mines Monthly List of Publications; The U.S. Government Monthly Catalog; programs from various society and association meetings listing material available; and of course our reliable indexes - The Chemical Abstracts and Industrial Arts Index. The last two in the main part index periodicals. Upon receipt of this material the usual duties of classifying and cataloging take place. Our company reports and memoranda, as well as government and other technical reports, are filed by subject in accordance with the filing system used by the entire organization. A card catalog is available listing all books, pamphlets, and reports. At present, the librarian is completing the cataloging of the entire collection.

October 1949 (News Notes, vol. 25, no. 4, pages 161-163) "The Library of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas"

By Mabel Wilkerson, Librarian

[Note: This address was given at the meeting of the Special Libraries Division, T.L.A., Abilene, April 9, 1949]

[Excerpt:] . . . It was recognized that the administrators would need to keep abreast of developments in banking, business, and industry to administer the affairs of the system . . . Material found in current periodicals is usually not obtainable in book form for some time. For this reason periodicals constitute an important part of the library . . . Selected publications are bound, among them the United States Department of Commerce's Survey of Current Business, the Treasury Department's Bulletin, The Commercial and Financial Chronicle, the Texas Business Review, Crops and Markets, the Economist, the Labor Department's Monthly Labor Review, . . the Federal Reserve Bulletin, and the Monthly Review form each of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks. . . Government documents are one of the important sources of information. From the Treasury Department and its agencies come the Bulletin, Daily Treasury Statement, the annual report of the Secretary, the Comptroller's Report, the Report of the Director of the Mint, and Statistics of Income. The Labor Department, especially the Bureau of Labor Statistics, furnishes many reports and of the information received on labor as well as Consumer's Price Index. The Department of Commerce and its agencies provide such information as its statistical material on business and industry. They are the sources of many index numbers. The Department of Interior, through its Bureau of the Interior, through its Bureau of Mines, contributes information on minerals, particularly the petroleum [industry] . . . The Agriculture Department is the source for practically all Bureau of Agricultural Economics publications, besides others . . . .

Additions and Corrections to this History are welcomed. Texas Library Association, Government Documents Round Table; All contents copyright © 1996-2005. All rights reserved.

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