Three Libraries Sign Preservation Steward Agreements With GPO

WASHINGTON - The William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School, Indiana State Library, and Schuyler Otis Bland Memorial Library, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy each signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to become Preservation Stewards. Under this agreement, the libraries pledge to permanently preserve its print collections of the following:

William A. Wise Law Library:

  • Federal Register 1936-current
  • U.S. Reports 1830-current
  • Statutes at Large Vol. 21-125
  • U.S. Code 1928-2011
  • Revised Statutes of the United States 1873-1901
  • Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789
  • Indian Affairs. Laws and Treaties

Indiana State Library:
Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office (1872-1965)

Schuyler Otis Bland Memorial Library:
Numerous Merchant Marine related publications

To help Federal depository libraries meet the needs of efficient Government document stewardship in the digital era, GPO has established Preservation Stewards to support continued public access to historic U.S. Government documents in print format. Preservation Stewards contribute significantly to the effort to preserve printed documents and GPO welcomes all Federal depository libraries that wish to participate as Preservation Stewards.

Through the FDLP, GPO works with approximately 1,150 libraries nationwide to provide public access to authentic, published information from all three branches of the Federal Government in print and electronic formats. The program's antecedents can be traced back to the act of Congress dated December 27, 1813 (3 Stat. 140), which provided that one copy of the journals and documents of the Senate and House be sent to each university and college and each historical society in each state. GPO has operated the FDLP since 1895. FIPNet is an initiative of the FDLP to expand public access to Government information in depository library collections through collaboration with non-depository library institutions and resources that also possess collections of Federal documents and publications. This effort will result in a National Collection of U.S. Government Information for the use of future generations, and will transform GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications into an index of that comprehensive body of Federal information.

“GPO welcomes these three libraries as preservation stewards and their commitment of maintaining Government information in multiple platforms,” said Acting GPO Director Jim Bradley. “I encourage more libraries to become part of this venture of preserving valuable print collections of Government information.”

GPO is the Federal Government's official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through, partnerships with approximately 1,150 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore. For more information, please visit

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