Keeping America Informed: The United States Government Printing Office 150 Years

Keeping America Informed: The United States Government Printing Office 150 Years of Service to the Nation

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For 150 years, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has produced the digital documents of democracy crucial to an informed citizenry. Keeping America Informed: the U.S. Government Printing Office, 150 Years of Service to the Nation, published to mark GPO's 150th anniversary as a Federal agency, tells the story of this unique organization through a readable and concise narrative and numerous historic photographs, many of them never before published.

This handsome new volume provides a panoramic view of GPO, which opened its doors for business on March 4, 1861, as Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th president of the United States. After a description of the previous history of “publick printing” and the founding of GPO, Keeping America Informed covers the agency's physical and technological growth in the Gilded Age, its reform during the Progressive Era, and its crucial role in supporting the Government's efforts to grapple with the Great Depression and two world wars.

Post-World War II, the book describes GPO's transition from traditional printing to the digital technology of today. It also highlights the hugely significant role the agency has played in the dissemination of federal Government information through its publications sales and Federal depository library programs.

Much of the information in Keeping America Informed is new, the product of the latest research into GPO's history. Above all, its authoritative text and unique images depict the enormous contribution of its employees, past and present, to the well-being of the American people and nation.

Audience: This book would be useful for anyone interested in the history of the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the government's history of publishing its documents for the American people.

Keywords: federal printing and publishing, government printing and publishing, government printing office, government publishing office, GPO, U.S. printing history, gpo history, gpo

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Bill S. wrote "Overall this is a great administrative history of an often overlooked agency, the Government Printing Office (GPO). It is well designed with an admirable use of new photographs and images from GPO’s own collection. The text moves along briskly and touches on many of the highlights of the agency’s history."