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State Publications: A Provisional List of the Official Publications of the Several States of the United States R R Bowker

State Publications: A Provisional List of the Official Publications of the Several States of the United States

R R Bowker

Published September 27th 2015
ISBN : 9781331544708
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312 pages
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Excerpt from State Publications: A Provisional List of the Official Publications of the Several States of the United StatesThe wealth of information, - historical, statistical, descriptive, scientific, and other, - hidden, because of imperfectMoreExcerpt from State Publications: A Provisional List of the Official Publications of the Several States of the United StatesThe wealth of information, - historical, statistical, descriptive, scientific, and other, - hidden, because of imperfect bibliographical record, in the publications of the several States of the American Union, is second only to that in the publications of the United States Government, which also until recent years had been poorly recorded and inadequately known. Within the past twenty years much has been done in Government bibliography, and the organization of bibliographical work by the Superintendent of Documents brings the bibliography of national publications into a comprehensive and adequate system. Unfortunately, less progress has been made in the correlated field of State publications. The first endeavor to catalogue systematically the official issues of the several States of the Union was, so far as is known to the editor, his list of State publications given in the appendix to the American Catalogue of 1884-90. An attempt was then made to present as complete a bibliography as was possible for that period, - first, by direct correspondence with the State Librarians or other State officers of the several States- second, by the use of such incidental data as could be obtained from catalogues and reports of State Libraries (those of Massachusetts being by far the best in this respect)- third, by personal visits to State Libraries, many of them having been visited by the editor in the year 1890-91 and since. At the beginning some State Librarians, notably those of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York, responded promptly and fully- in other cases not a word could be had from the State. Then, and to a large extent since, the Massachusetts State Library annual lists of accessions have been chief sources of information where that could not be had from State authorities. Some kind of a list for the 1884-90 period was, however, presented for each State. A second list, for 1890-95, was made a similar supplement in the American Catalogue for that period, and at that time better returns from other States, particularly those of the mid-West, Kansas, and California, were obtained.In the succeeding period, progress has been made in two important directions. In several of the States special bibliographies have appeared, either of publications within the State or of State publications proper- and State Librarians have been vitalized and brought into line with general library progress by the organization of a National Association of State Libraries in affiliation with the American Library Association. Nevertheless, the office of State Librarian is still in some States perfunctory or merged into that of some other State official, and in several States the State Library and its executive post have been notoriously a football of politics, although the State Librarianship is one of the positions where experience, skill, and therefore continuity, are most needed, and should therefore be most free from removal for partisan reasons. There has already been enough progress in reform, however, to make more possible than heretofore a general bibliography of State publications.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com