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casual comparison between the 24 volumes of the 15th Congress and the corresponding
348 volumes for the 60th; and by the fact also that the 60th Congress alone published
more than all the first 21 Congresses combined.
A hasty perusal of the titles given in the "Notes" columns of the Congressional
tables (p. 5-169) will prove, even to the most prejudiced mind, that the much abused
"sheep set" (as it used to be called, a name which has become a misnomer, because
now the "sheep set" is bound in buckram) contains along with the prosaic and unreadable
matter thousands of interesting documents of permanent historical and scientific
value; e. g., annual reports of Executive Departments and their subordinate bureaus,
reports of explorations and surveys into the vast unexplored parts of our great country,
up-to-date information about the latest invention or discovery, statistical matter of
all sorts, etc.
Serial numbers
This heterogeneous mass of Congressional publications has been correlated by the
scheme of serial numbers devised by Dr. Ames as described above on p. xr in speaking
of the 2d edition of the Checklist, which was the first publication in which the numbers
appeared. Later they were reproduced with a few necessary changes in the
"Tables and index," and now this 3d edition of the Checklist brings the serial numbers
down to the close of the 60th Congress. For the serial numbers of later Congresses
reference should be made to the Document indexes of this office.
For the convenience of those who may wish to refer to the list of serial numbers as
found in publications of this office other than the present 3d edition of the Checklist,
the following table is presented.
Table showing where in previous publications serial numbers may befound
Congres- Checksional
list of
n con- Session docu- public Document Document Schedule
gress rlents, docuSerial
nos. gress tables mdocd catalogue index of volumes
and edition,
index 1895
-a1-31421r , 15....... 16-109 ........ ........................................
a l-31l 421. . 15-52 All p.16 109.
bl1-3346. I 15-53 All . .. 10
b l-334X,6. 1$ --- -3 .... . P.... . . 19-104 ................. ............. .. ................
d 3346a-3466. 54 1 -........ - p. 125-127. .. Not given. None issued
d 3466a-3557... 54 2 ............... . p. 83-85.... Not given..... None issued
d 3557a-3588..... 55 1 ....... p. 200......... p. 53, 54....... None issued
3589-3723. .. 55 2 ............. p. 200-202..... p. 361-364.. None issued
3724-3841....... 55 3 ........ ....... p. 202-204..... p. 133-136.... None issued
3842-4027....... 56 1 ....... ..... p. 207-211 .... p. 373-379... 9p
4028-4217....... 56 2 ............. p. 211-214.... p. 229-236 ... 10 p.
4218-4407....: 57 1 ........ .. . p. 230-233..... p. 443-450.... None issued
4408-4555...... 57 2 ....... ......... p. 233-235.... p. 245-250... None issued
4556-4752....... 58 1 and 2 ...... ......... p. 304-307..... p. 487-493... None issued
4753-4901..... 58 3 ....... .......... p. 307-310... p. 337-343... None issued
4902-e 5057 ...... 59 1 .......... p. 343-347.... p. 781-788.... 10p.
e5058-5215 ...... f59 2 ................ . 347-350..... p. 539-546 ... 1( p.
5216-5377....... 60 1 .. reparation 329-336. 14 p.
5378-5561 . 0 2....... ..... 181-187 None issued
e a No. 31422 is assigned to a volume of Senate miscellaneous documents of the 53d Congress, special session
Senate,
Ib 6On page 104 of Checklist of public documents, 2d edition, 1895, insert 3343, House miscellaneous documents,
v. 17; insert 3344, House miscellaneous documents, v. 18; for 3343 as printed, read 3345; for 3344
as prnited, read 3346.
cSerial numbers for the 53d Congress are also found in Advance sheets of 3d edition of Checklist of
United States public documents, Congressional tables, 53d Congress, 9 pages.
d When "a" follows serial number, it is used for the Senate journals, to which no separate numbers
are assigned.
e No. 5058 is assigned to the Senate journal, and no. 5059 to the House journal, 59th Congress, 2d session.
Nos. 5058, 5059, and 5060 were originally assigned to the Document catalogue, 59th Congress, 1st session,
and the Senate and House journals, 59th Congress, 2d session respectively. The change was made because
the Document catalogue covered both sessions and appeared as a document of the 2d session. There was,
therefore, no House document 944, 59th Congress, 1st session.
/Serial numbers for the 59th Congress, 2d session, are found in Numerical tables and schedule of volumes,
59th Congress, 2d session; p. 117, as well as in the publications listed above.

United States. Superintendent of Documents. Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789-1909, Third Edition Revised and Enlarged, Volume 1, Lists of Congressional and Departmental Publications. Washington. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1029/. Accessed October 25, 2014.