Meet GPO’s Newest Preservation Stewards: the University of Kentucky and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is excited to introduce the University of Kentucky Libraries and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa as Preservation Stewards.

The University of Kentucky Libraries

The University of Kentucky Libraries (UK) became a Preservation Steward for their tangible collection of Works Progress/Work Projects Administration (WPA) and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) material in December 2016. UK holds over 3,000 documents from the WPA in its collection. The Works Progress Administration was created by Executive Order and then funded by Congress in 1935. It was renamed the Work Projects Administration in 1939. The agency provided employment for millions of Americans contracting roads, public buildings, and working on art related projects. The UK collection includes titles such as:

  • Supplemental Check List of Kentucky Imprints 1788-1820: American Imprints Inventory No. 38: lists titles of books published in or about Kentucky and includes the holdings of 30 libraries in the U.S.
  • Assigned Occupations of Persons Employed on WPA Projects: published in November 1937 and full of tables describing the number of people working on WPA projects by state.
  • Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in the United States: Minnesota: lists all the manuscripts held by Minnesota libraries.

UK collected two copies of most of the titles in its WPA collection. The preservation copies are stored at the UK off-site storage facility and do not circulate. The secondary copies are stored in the library and allowed to circulate. Additionally, UK and GPO have a second partnership to provide access to the digitized versions of many of the WPA publications in the UK collection. Explore the digital collection.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) was made a Federal agency in 1965. Its mission is to increase economic development for the Appalachia region. UK’s collection numbers over 300 titles and is housed in the library. The collection includes titles such as:

  • Appalachian Ways: a Guide to the Historic Mountain Heart of the East: published in 1976, this title highlights the cultural activities and historical events in Appalachia.
  • Primary Care Centers: Design and Construction: provides layouts and form templates and more information for creating primary health care centers.

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is the most recent Preservation Steward, joining in January 2017. The library has agreed to preserve its tangible collection of United States Reports. The United States Reports are the official record of the Supreme Court. The volumes contain the ruling, orders, and other proceeds of the Supreme Court. Currently, the bound United States Reports are the final generation of opinion publication. The opinions and other materials contained in the preliminary prints are republished in this series of books. Prior to publication, all of the opinions and other materials that make up each volume undergo a final editing and indexing process.

Initially privately-compiled and funded, the court reporter was officially made a U.S. Government employee in 1816. From that time through 1922, the volumes were either compiled by a Federal employee or funded by the Federal Government, but still privately published. Beginning with volume 258 (1922), GPO took over printing of the volumes and continues to print them to this day. The United States Reports contain the record of some of the most important legal case in American history, including McCulloch v. Maryland, (1819), Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), and Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, KS (1954).

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa collection contains 555 volumes of the Reports from 1817 through 2016. The library also has copies of the earlier volumes (1798-1816) that were privately published without any Federal assistance. The collection is housed in the Government documents section of the library but does not circulate.

GPO thanks the UK Libraries and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for taking on the important role of Preservation Steward.

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