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THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS
Functions and Activities
The functions of the National Bureau of Standards are set forth in the Act of Congress, March
3, 1901, as amended by Congress in Public Law 619, 1950. These include the development and
maintenance of the national standards of measurement and the provision of means and methods for
making measurements consistent with these standards; the determination of physical constants and
properties of materials; the development of methods and instruments for testing materials, devices,
and structures; advisory services to government agencies on scientific and technical problems; inven-
tion and development of devices to serve special needs of the Government; and the development of
standard ?ractices, codes, and specifications. The work includes basic and applied research, develop.
ment, engeering, instrumentation, testing, evaluation, calibration services, and various consultation
and information services. Research projects are also performed for other government agencies
when the work relates to and supplements the basic program of the Bureau or when the Bureau's
unique competence is required. The scope of activities is suggested by the listing of divisions and
sections on the inside of the back cover.
The results of the Bureau's work take the form of either actual equipment and devices or pub-
lished paper These papers appear either in the Bureau's own series of publications or in the journals
of professional and scientific societies. The Bureau itself publishes three periodicals available from
the Government Printing Office: The Journal of Research, published in four separate sections,
presents complete scientific' and technical papers; the Technical News Bulletin presents summary and
preliminary reports on work in progress; and Basic Radio Propagation Predictions provides data for
determining the best frequencies to use for radio communications throughout the world There are
also five series of nonperiodical publications: Monographs, Applied Mathematics Series, Handbooks,
Miscellaneous Publications, and Technical Notes.
Information on the Bureau's publications can be found in NBS Circular 460, Publications of
the National Bureau of Standards ($1.25) and its Supplement ($1.50), available from the Super-
intendant of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington 25, D.C.
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Digges, Thomas G. & Rosenberg, Samuel J. Heat Treatment and Properties of Iron and Steel, report, October 3, 1960; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc13198/m1/2/: accessed December 10, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.