Checklist of United States Public Documents, 1789-1909, Third Edition Revised and Enlarged, Volume 1, Lists of Congressional and Departmental Publications Page: XXI
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Title-pages and " back titles"
The appended list (p. 175-184) contains bibliographical matter which could not be
conveniently introduced into the Congressional tables (p. 5-169). As will be seen by
reference to this list, the systematic arrangement of the volumes is greatly impeded
by the lack of title-pages or their peculiar and varied construction. The '"back titles"
or "binder's titles," which present the only means of identification when no titlepages
appear, are even more aggravating in their variety. For example, the top
"band" was adopted for the "series title," and reads "State papers, 1st sess., 18th
Congress" for v. 6, but v. 7 of the same series reads "Commercial regulations." It
seems to have been the rule to drop the series title on the back whenever the document
filled a volume, even when no series title-page was provided.
Although volume title-pages frequently appeared in the Congressional set through
the 32d Congress, it was not until the 33d Congress that the custom of providing titlepages
became a regular practice; this practice was continued through the 53d Congress.
From the 54th Congress through the 58th Congress, volume title-pages were
again omitted, but beginning with the 59th Congress they have been resumed.
Annual reports and serial publicationsfor depository libraries
It seems needless here to enter into any elaborate explanation of the operation of
the proviso attached to sec. 1 of the joint resolution approved Jan. 15, 1908, which
removed from the Congressional set as distributed to depository libraries the annual
reports, periodicals, and serially numbered publications of the Executive Departments,
bureaus, and commissions. This resolution became effective with the 1st
session of the 60th Congress.
In that part of this Checklist which relates to the Congressional series of the 60th Congress,
1st and 2d sessions (see p. 156-169) heavy figures for volume numbers in the 2d
column indicate volumes forwarded to depository libraries in the Congressional edition
with report or document numbers and bearing the titles and volume numbers of
the Congressional series. Light figures in the 2d column indicate volumes of annual
reports and serial publications which, under the provisions of the joint resolution of
Jan. 15, 1908, were taken out of the Congressional set for depository libraries; these
volumes are sent to depository libraries in buckram binding, without Congressional
notation, and having title-pages in conformity with the departmental issues.
Readers who are anxious for a more detailed explanation of the legislative history
and the practical operation of this joint resolution are referred to Monthly catalogues,
Jan. 1908, p. 263-272, and Feb. 1910, p. 373-378; also to the preface to the Document
index of the 60th Congress, fst session.
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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, book, 1911; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1029/m1/21/: accessed April 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.