[Deschler's Precedents, Contents] [Preface] [Recordkeeping and the Precedents] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov] [Page xi-xii] PREFACE Recordkeeping and the Precedents The precedents cited in these volumes are drawn from a recordkeeping and research system initiated by me when I first took office as Parliamentarian of the House in 1928. Under this system, each ruling of the Speaker, Speaker pro tempore, or Chairman of the Committee of the Whole, is recorded on a day-to-day basis, supplemented with excerpts when available from the Congressional Record. The magnitude of this task can hardly be overestimated, many thousands of these precedents having been entered in these records since 1928. [[Page xii]] The system involves the drafting of a concise statement of each ruling, together with annotations explaining any unusual circumstances attending it. These rulings, together with pertinent floor debate and other materials, are then placed in a scrapbook prepared for each session, for future reference. A special index of the rulings, arranged by subject, is prepared at the conclusion of each Congress. This index enables the Parliamentarian or his staff to obtain ready access to the Speakers' rulings over the past 50 years on any topic.