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Keeping America Informed: Celebrating 150 Years of the U.S. Government Printing Office

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Photograph of George Barnum, GPO Historian

In 2011 the U.S. Government Printing Office celebrated its 150th anniversary. The year-long celebration included an exhibit and book entitled Keeping America Informed: 150 Years of Service to the Nation. The exhibit featured publications, artifacts, and photographs highlighting the documents GPO produces, who the people of GPO are, and the technology and craftsmanship that combine to get the job done.

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The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. The State Library of Ohio is the only full regional federal depository in Ohio and is also a depository for state information. Download lists of examples of state and federal documents at the State Library (PDF).

What's on Display (Feb 1 - April 13, 2012)

This exhibit features a small sample of the many publications in our collection. The Government Information section of the State Library contains over 1 million publications, dating from the 1700's to the present. Most materials from 1976 forward appear in the online catalog. Older holdings can be located in paper indexes and in the Non–Depository Index and Microfiche Sets in the library. Click on the composite image or What's on Display.

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Special Presentation

George Barnum, Author and Historian, presents “Notable Days: Snapshots from 150 Years of Service to the Nation”

April 2, 2012
1:00 - 2: 00 p.m.
State Library of Ohio, Board Room

George Barnum is Agency Historian at the U.S. Government Printing Office. A graduate of Cleveland State University and the Kent State University School of Library Science, he has worked in and around the Federal Depository Library Program as a Depository Librarian at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and as a manager in the Library Programs Service at GPO. He has taught courses in government information and archival administration and coordinated GPO's 150th anniversary observances in 2011 including the publication of a new official history Keeping America Informed:  The U.S. Government Printing Office 1861-2011: 150 Years of Service to the Nation and curation of the special exhibit of the same title.

The presentation is open to the public. Registration is appreciated but not required. To register for this free event visit the State Library of Ohio Calendar of Events.