Friday, February 06, 2004


I don't think I've ever noted the GPO Classification Manual is on-line. That is now done.
The Superintendent of Documents classification system was developed in the Library of the Government Printing Office between 1895 and 1903. It was first described in October 1903 by William Leander Post, then in charge of the Library, in the preface to List of Publications of the Agriculture Department 1862-1902, Department List No.1, issued by the Superintendent of Documents in 1904.

The purpose of this edition of the Classification Manual is to set forth the current policies in effect for assigning Superintendent of Documents classification numbers in the U.S. Government Printing Office. The user of this manual should be aware that many policies and practices have changed, sometimes radically, over the years. Where possible, the manual indicates earlier policies that resulted in quite different class numbers for some groups of documents.

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