Publications of the U. S. Government
(Record Group 287)
Record Group 287 in the Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States.
This record group is a collection of selected publications of U. S. Government agencies, arranged by the classification system ("SuDoc System") devised by the Office of the Superintendent of Documents at the Government Printing Office (GPO).
These publications are available to researchers at many of the 1,400 Congressionally designated depository libraries throughout the United States of the Federal Depository Library Progam. Find a Federal Depository Library near you.
The core of the collection is a library begun in 1895 by GPO's Public Documents Division, and by 1972, when the National Archives acquired the library, it included official publications dating from the early years of the Federal Government and selected publications produced for and by Federal Government agencies.
The collection has been augmented since 1972 with accessions of
multiyear blocks of U.S. Government publications, selected by the Office of the Superintendent
of Documents as a by-product of its monthly cataloguing activity. The collection is estimated at
34,000 cubic feet. Only about one-half to two-thirds of all U.S. Government publications are
represented in this collection.