Harrison E. Salisbury on how our country should conduct itself

This quotation is from a lecture by Harrison E. Salisbury (1908-1993), “The Book Enchained”, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Authors League of America.  It was presented at the Library of Congress on September 28, 1983.

A printed copy was distributed to federal depository libraries that had chosen to receive publications in item number 785-J or 0785-J.  It has Superintendent of Documents Classification number LC 1.38: 10 .

“Let us conduct ourselves that no one may ever ask whether the Statue of Liberty still stands in New York harbor.  If we follow this course not only will we protect and preserve our own freedom but the light of Liberty’s torch slowly but surely will penetrate all corners of the world.”

A good reminder to all who live in the United States, citizens or non-citizens, in the year 2016.

Mr. Salisbury had spend a considerable part of his reporting career in countries run by Communist governments, such as the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China, and North Vietnam.   As an editor of the New York Times, he was also aware about other countries where “the light of Liberty’s torch” was a faint vision.

 

 

 

lindseyt starts blogging again!

Well, it appears that my lindseyt blog is back online after a long hiatus.  My next post will be a quote from a lecture by Harrison E. Salisbury sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Authors League of America.  The lecture was presented at the Library of Congress on September 28, 1983 .

 

 

A sample list of agency publications

This is one of the 350 plus publications lists that I have saved. I search the Catalog of Government Publications http://catalog.gpo.gov/F using the names of government authors in the List of Government Authors. The entries can be
edited to make offers lists for other depository libraries..

The first section is the listing. The second is an offers list to be sent to a regional depository in its desired format.

Army Ordnance Corps

1 The ordnance officer. 1989
D 105.2:Or 2

2 U.S. Army Ordnance Corps. 1997
D 105.2:OR 2/2

3 Serving the line with excellence : the development of the US Army Ordnance Corps, as expressed through the lives of its chiefs of ordnance, 1812-1987, with a short sketch of the history of Army Ordnance, 1775-1987 / 1987 Sterling, Keir B. D 105.2:Se 6

4 Ordnance Corps. 1985
D 105.9/2:220-1

5 Ordnance Corps : 174th anniversary / 1986
D 105.9/2:220-1/986

6 Ordnance (Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.) 1987
D 105.29:

7 Ordnance magazine (1983) 1983
D 105.29

The list above is reaformatted into the desired offers list format of a regional depository library.

D 105.2:Or 2 The ordnance officer. 1989

D 105.2:OR 2/2 U.S. Army Ordnance Corps. 1997

D 105.2:Se 6 Serving the line with excellence : the development of the US Army Ordnance Corps, as expressed through the lives of its chiefs of ordnance, 1812-1987, with a short sketch of the history of Army Ordnance, 1775-1987 / 1987

D 105.9/2:220-1 Ordnance Corps. 1985

D 105.9/2:220-1/986 Ordnance Corps : 174th anniversary. 1986

D 105.29: Ordnance (Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.) 1987

D 105.29 Ordnance magazine (1983) 1983

Shelflists of U.S. Govt. agency publications in Catalog of Government Publications

I am assisting a selective depository of United States Government publications assess its collection by creating electronic shelf lists of all publications since 1946. Each publication is found in the online ” Catalog of Government Publications “, httpL//catalog.gpo.gov/F .

I think that other depository libraries might be able to use these lists and the ones that are being created. Here is the text of a letter sent to the Regional Depository Libraries. I hope that my letter is clear to people who work with these publications. It will probably not be understood by most other people. Text of letter follows. Some information is edited

I am a retired government information librarian who retired [edited]. I am assisting a selective depository library assess its holdings of federal documents. The “universe “of publications are those found in the Catalog of Government Publications, http://catalog.gpo.gov/F , from a government agency publisher active anytime from 1946 to 2009. The range of stems is D to Y 3.Z: Y 3.2 commissions may be added later on.

Records retrieved from the Catalog of Government Publications are saved in .txt format .

The regional depository library wants offers lists sent in .txt format.

Title, Year, Superintendent of Documents Classification number .

Two sample records from the Federal Election Commission list [ Y 3.El 2/5: ] are:

55 A voter’s guide to federal elections [electronic resource] / 2010

Y 3.EL 2/5:8 V 94/2010 http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS125990

56 A voter’s guide to federal elections / 2010

Y 3.EL 2/5:8 V 94/2010

The numbers 55 and 56 come back with the records retrieved.

Item numbers are not included, but are available from GPO files, the commercially published Guide to U.S. Government Publications, and other sources.

I have created more than 200 lists, with more than 2.25 MB of data. My “guesstimate” is that 15,000 titles are listed. I estimate that 300 to 800 entries are added each day.

Deleting, cutting, pasting, and some typing could change a record into an offers list entry. I am willing to share my lists with other depositories.

I don’t have the Microsoft Office suite in my computer. I might be able to save the information as a spreadsheet and move whole columns if I did.

I am willing to share my lists with other depositories for their use. I can be contacted by email at
[email address deleted]

Cordially yours, s/tkl Thomas Lindsey

More updates on the number of federal publications per corporate author

Environmental Protection Agency is close to 13,000.
I hope that someone out in “Federal Government Documents Land” can make use of this information that I am compiling.

More new informaiton about publications in the Invisible Federal Government Publications Collection

The Catalog of Government Publications http://catalog.gpo.gov/F has an ADVANCED SEARCH option. When I clicked on this option, I saw there is a line in the top left corner of the new web page for a “Historic Shelflist”

This is a list of publications in Superintendent of Documents classification number order that have been added to a shelflist. The shelflist includes publications through 1992. Not every publication in the shelflist is in the shelflist, but it provides information about many publications. I input the classification letter or letter group for every letter group of the alphabet that I could remember, and will add others as I find them.

Here is the number of shelflist entries for each letter or multi-letter group in the Superintendent of Documents Classification:

A 28092, AA 74, AC 147, AE 98 , B 0 , C 12631 , CAB 0, CC 176 , CZ 0 , D 4386 , [ D 12 514 , D 14 76 ],
Dp 0 , E 4948 , ER 4 , ES 0 , FA 24 , FCA 142 , FCD 0 , FE 0 , FEM 718 , FHL 32 , FR 613 , FS 1805,
[#1000= FS 3.49 , #1500=FS 3,210: 51 , #1600 FS 3.302 , #1700= FS 17.202: G 44 ,
FT 763 , FTZ 30 , fFW 0 , GA 4709 , GB 0 , HE 4866 , HH 1116 , HS 0 , I 13986 , IA 110 , IC 1136 , ID 1 , ITC 21, J 1347 , JU 236 , L 4829 , LC 1621 , LR 155 , MS 11 , NAS 7546 , NC 41 , NCU 43 , NF 62 , NS 257 ,
OP 1 , P 138 , PE 4 , RnB 0 , RR 63 , S 1939 , SBA 586 , SI 1585 , T 1840 , TC 830 , TD 3096 , TDA 0 ,
VA 779 , W 7 , Y 35656 , [Entries with the keyword Congress and Y = 15205, Y 10 Congressional Budget Office, 2 ]

Wikipedia entries exist for Defunct Congressional Committees and for Defunct Federal Agencies.
Searching the Historic Shelflist by Agency name or Committee name could help figure out the source of publications with a classification letter that begins with Y. The zame thing can be done with the Catalog of Government Publications.

When a list is retrieved, clicking on the column heading SuDoc Number will lead to a classification number list starting with 1,1: , 1,2:, 1,3: and so forth.

Some new information about publications that might be in the Invisible Federal Government Publications Collection

I added postings on October 21st, 2011 about the Superintendent of Documents Classification Number stems for documents that were available in my former employer’s library federal government publications collection.
I have been working on another project, determining how may Catalog of Government Publications entries there are for each letter or letter group of the Superintendent of Documents Classification Number System.
The catalog is online at http://catalog.gpo.gov/F . Here are some numbers for each letter or letter group as of Saturday evening, August 2, 2014.
CS 527 , FA 32 , FCA 197, FE 186, FP 101, FR 4236, FS 1846 , FT 2196 , FTZ 38 , FW 2 ,
GA 40986 , GB 0 , GS 5767 , HE 36796 , I 106547 , IA 312 , IC 0 , ITC 1861,
J , Ju 1120 , L 13770 LC 4918 , LR 269 , MS 222 , NAS 54739 , NC 70 , NS 1133 ,
OP 79 , P 870 , PE 358, PM 1782 , RnB 3 , S 13334 , SBA 2069 , SI 3053 , T 8692 , TC 1124, TD 21507 , TDA 4 , VA 2592 , W 43 , Y 176733 [Y includes Y 1. Y 3. Y 4. Y 10 , and perhaps others.]

The catalog originally started out with publications from the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, July, 1976, but retrospective cataloging has added publications well before this time. I have found some from the 1910s decade.

This information, and information from the entries in the Historic Shelflist, will be used to help current and past federal government publications to the attention of the public and library staff.

California as 6 states, see my earlier posts about an independent Texas

I published messages in the fall of 2013 about what would happen to Texas if it were to become an independent nation again. I was doing research for a Toastmasters International Competent Communicator project. Some of the information about an independent Texas would also apply to a division of California into 6 states. Search my blog for references to them, they were published in September 2013.
I will get around to reviewing and recalculating the number of representatives currently representing all or part of each California county.
My home state of Massachusetts did not have 351 cities and towns at the time of the 1790 census. I have looked at histories of Massachusetts, and see that towns and cities were split off from existing communities, even into the 20th century. I know that some of the early divisions were caused by people living in a remote portion of a larger town who found it difficult to get the town center or to the community’s church. Petitioning the legislature to create a new town allowed them to set their own tax rate, have their own town schools, set up their own local church, and have other things that go along with being your own town or city. I wonder how many of these “secessions” were amicable and how many were not amicable.
Massachusetts lost 4 towns in the 1930s when the towns of Enfield, Dana, Greenwich, and Dana were disestablished/disincorporated, and their land given to neighboring towns. The lands were taken by the state for what has become the Quabbin Reservoir.

What would happen if California would split into 6 states, Part 2

I looked at the online Congressional Directory entries for California available through http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys Search for Congressional Directory, which is
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CDIR-2014-02-18/pdf/CDIR-2014-02-18-CA.pdf

I wrote the names of the counties included in each of the 53 districts, and compared the county names with the list of the counties that would be in each of the 6 new states in the latest proposal. See wikipedia entry Six_States for a list of the proposed states and the counties that would be in each.
Current CD 1 , 2 states Jefferson , North California
2 2 states Jefferson, North California
3 2 states Jefferson, North California
4 2 states Central California, North California
5 3 states Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley
8 2 states Central California, South California
9 3 states Central California, North California, Silicon Valley
11 2 states North California, Silicon Valley
23 2 states Central California, West California
35 2 states South California, West California
39 2 states South California, West California
47 2 states South California, West California

There are 8 Silicon Valley only districts, 2 North California only districts, 12 South California only districts, 5 Central California only districts, 16 West California only districts, and 0 Jefferson only districts. [The total adds up to more than 53, so I will have to recheck the county information and congressional district information. But what a mess it will be if the current state government and the federal congress ever agree to do something like this.
I am not going to try to figure out the situation with the state legislature, or the school districts, and the cities that may cross county lines into two states.
A report by the California Legislative Assembly Office reportedly says that 60 % of the current in-state California students of the University of California would become out of state students. Oh, that news will surely make the proposal wildly popular with voters. [Ha!]

What would happen if California were to split into 6 or more new states?

News reports say that a petition has been submitted to the California officials to put a referendum question on some future election ballot about splitting the state into 6 different states.
1. Where would the state capitol of each new state be located?
2. How many representatives in the U.S. Congress would each new state be allocated? Each must have at least one.
3. Where would the state prison population be relocated? Would San Quentin still have to have all the Death Row prisoners, or would they be relocated based on where they were tried. Does each new state have enough jail and prison capacity to house those whould be convicted of crimes in the new state?
4. How many current Congressional districts would cross the boundary of two or more states? How many would remain the same, and how many would have to redistricted?
5. How many state legislative districts cross the boundaries of two or more new states?
6. How many school, municipal, special purpose, and other districts would cross the boundaries of two or more new states?
7. How many cities currently have territory in two or more counties of the current state? How many of these cities would be located in two or more of the new states?
8. The infrastructure of many utility districts, such as water and sewer districts, electric supply districts, and other districts may not be easily separated one from another. For those that would be located in two or more districts, would the Federal constitutional principles and legislation about “interstate commerce” begin to have effect?
9. What other consequences and effects would occur if California were split up into different states?
10.. The last time part of a state seceded from another U.S. state was when West Virginia broke away from Virginia during the Civil War during the 1860s. What did the new state of West Virginia do to create laws, and how did its laws begin to diverge from the laws of Virginia?

Answering even part of one of the questions above would be a wonderful assignment for political science or government course professors to give to students with low grades who come to ask, “Is there anything I can do to earn some extra credit to raise my grade?” [What a fiendish assignment!]

This is an interesting hypothetical problem that I intend to investigate. I will post my results at this blog.
Some of my starting research points will be information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

There may be politicians in the U.S. Congress, and professional lobbyists, who may find benefits in having California split up into multiple states. I would not count this proposal as a Dead on Arrival when sent to the Congress idea.

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