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N. 1

Catalogue of Publications

issued bv the

Government of the United States

during the mouth of January, 1895

Prepared b_v the

Superintendent of Documents

Government Printinji OflBce


Government Printing Office



Authority for Publication

This Monthly Catalogue is issued in accordance with the provisions of section
69 of an act of Congress providing for the Public Printing and Binding and the
Distribution of Public Documents, approved January 12, 1895.

Sec. 69. A catalogue of Government publications shall be prepared by the
Superintendent of Documents on the first day of each month, which shall show
the documents printed during the preceding month, where obtainable, and the
price thereof. Two thousand copies of such catalogue shall be printed in pam-
phlet form for distribution.

Sales of Public Documents

Section 61 of the same act provides as follows :

The Superintendent of Documents so designated and appointed is hereby author
ized to sell at cost any public document in his charge, the distribution of which
is not herein specifically directed, said cost to be estimated by the Public Printer
and based upon printing from stereotyped plates; but only one copy of any docu-
ment shall be sold to the same person, excepting libraries or schools by which
additional co]Hes are desired for separate departments thereof, and members of
Congress; and whenever any officer of the Government having in his charge
documents published for sale shall desire to be relieved of the same, he is hereby
authorized to turn them over to the Superintendent of Documents, who shall
receive and sell them under the provisions of this section.

In accordance with the foregoing provisions, prices are fixed on the documents
named in the Catalogue. In those cases where piiblications are offered for sale
by the Departments issuing them, and price lists have been issued, those prices
have been adopted here. In other cases the prices have been computed on the
basis fixed in the law as above quoted. Many of those upon which a price has
been put are furnished gratuitously by the Departments publishing them. A
list of the offices where the various documents are obtainable appears at the end
of the Catalogue. When the law becomes fully operative, all current documents
and many old ones will be for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, but thvis
far only a small part of those described in this Catalogiie have come into his

Abbreviations Used in this Catalogue

fo folio

4.0 quarto

8° - octavo

13" twelvemo

16° sixteenmo

fo. 1 - - folded leaves

pi plate or plates

p., pp page, pages

"Words and figures inclosed in brackets [ ] are given for information, but do not
appear on the title-pages of the publications catalogued.



^ This initial number of wliat it is hoped may be a long series of
official Monthly Catalogues of the Public Documents of the United
States is sent to all the Grovernment DeiDartments, bureaus, and offices
that issue publications, to the several hundred libraries that are desig-
nated depositories of public documents, and to many librarians,
scientists, and men of affairs throughout the country, for the pur-
pose of inviting helpful criticism as to its form, arrangement, and

It is especially desired that omissions be promptly pointed out, in
order that the missing titles may be printed in the next monthly issue.
There are about one hundred and twenty Departments, bureaus, and]
offices of the Government that publish the public documents of the
United States, and even with the courteous cooperation that has been
almost uniformlj^ extended to me it is a task of some magnitude to
gather all the publications from so many sources. If the task had
been completely accomplished, and there were absolutely no omissions
from the first Monthly Catalogue, it would be almost miraculous.
As this is not the age of miracles, some omissions will doubtless be
detected, but I am hopeful that they will be neither numerous nor
important. When the ari-ears of work under the pressure of which
this new office begins its operations shall have been overtaken, and
it shall thus have become jiossible to publish the Monthly Catalogue
immediately on the heels of the current issues for each month, it is
confidently believed that omissions of titles will be exceedingly rare.

Criticism, and even censure, of the arrangement of the Monthly
Catalogue is expected. It is probable that most librarians ^vill say it
should have followed the lines of a strictly scientific "dictionary-
catalogiie." The departure from those lines has been deliberately and
purposely made. It is considered that the Monthly Catalogue is an
ephemeral publication, not intended primarily for the use of libra-
rians. It is the chief medium this office will have for reaching the
general public, to whom hereafter all the Government publications
are to be offered for sale at the cost of paper, presswork, and bind-
ing, the large item of typesetting being by law excluded when the
price of public documents is fixed. The arrangement adopted for the
Catalogue is that which it was thought will be most intelligible and
convenient to the manufacturer, statistician, farmer, attorney, legis-
lator, and business man — the classes which, in increasing niimbers, are
seeking to make practical use of the scientific research and the statis-
tical collection and collation whose results are recorded in the piiblic
y documents. It has been assumed that in a majority of cases the
searcher for information in the Monthly Catalogue will have an idea



as to which biireau, or at least which Department, has in charge the
particular class of information for which he is seeking, and that an
arrangement by Departments and bureaus will therefore serve the
convenience of the greatest number. It was not thought necessary
particularly to consult the convenience of librarians in the form of
the Monthly Catalogue. Their trained skill will enable them readily
to find what they desire in a list of this sort, so small in dimensions,
without appreciable inconvenience.

For the use of librarians the Monthly Catalogue will be practically
siiperseded by the Annual Catalogue (or "comprehensive index"),
which this office is directed to prepare on a plan approved by the
Joint Committee on Printing and publish at the close of each session
of Congress. To that publication considerations of a different nature
from those which have been consulted in preparing the Monthly Cata-
logue will apply. It will be a permanent record, preserved in all the
important libraries of the United States, and depended on as the key
to the ofllcial history of the country, which without it would remain
locked up in the public documents — almost inaccessible. Such a
record should be prepared according to the most approved rules of
bibliographical science. The task should be intrusted only to those
highly trained and long experienced in cataloguing work. These con-
siderations have been and will be kept in mind in preparing the
Annual Catalogue, and those librarians who see in the Monthly Cata-
logue herewith presented only a "list," and not a catalogue in the
scientific sense, will not thei'efore be justified in assuming that the
forthcoming Annual Catalogue to be prepared by this office will be of
a like popular and unscientific character.

It is intended that the Monthly Catalogues for February, March,
and the succeeding months of the current calendar year shall follow
each other in rapid succession, so that before the opening of the next
session of Congress the publication will have become current. Every
effort will thereafter be made to issue it with regularity at the
beginning of each month.

F. A. Crandall,
Superintendent of Documents

Government Printing Office,

Washington, D. C, August 1, 1S95


Publications of the

Congress of the United States

Congressional Record, containing the proceedings and debates of the
53d Congress, 3d session. Vol. 27. [Part 1.] 928 pp. 4° $1.40

Constitution of the United States, Jefferson's Manual, the rules of the
House of Representatives of the 53d Congress, and a digest and
manual of the rules and practice of the House of Representatives
of the United States. Prepared by N. T. Crutchfield. v, 766 pp.
12^ 65c

Note.— The bills, resolutions, and reports published by authority of Con-
gress during January, 1895, have been omitted from this Catalogue, because
its record begins near the close of the third session of an expiring Congress,
and a list so fragmentary as one beginning at that time must necessarily be
could serve no valuable purpose. All the publications of the Fifty-third
' Congress will be fully catalogued in the Annual Catalogue, or so-called
"comprehensive index," to be issued from this office later in the year, and all
the publications of the Fifty-fourth Congress will be recorded in the several
Monthly Catalogues to be issued during the sessions of that Congress.


Publications of the
State Department

Alleged cruelties committed upon Armenians. 11 pp. 8° 5c

Constitution of the United States. Literal print. 38 pp. 8

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