Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Government Printing Office [GPO]


(Record Group 149)
1847-1939
347 cu. ft.

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 149.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 149.2 RECORDS OF THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 1847-1939 463 lin. ft.
  • 149.3 MOTION PICTURES (GENERAL) 1930-35 3 reels

149.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: As a Congressional agency by Joint Resolution 25 (12 Stat. 117), June 23, 1860.

Predecessor Agencies:

Private printing firms under contract to the government (1789- 1861)

Functions: Executes orders for printing and binding placed by Congress and the Executive branch. Furnishes printing supplies to government agencies. Distributes government publications.

Related Records: Superintendent of Documents Library collection, originally part of RG 149, has been reallocated to RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.

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149.2 RECORDS OF THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
1847-1939
463 lin. ft.

History: Superintendent of Public Printing (Public Printer) established by act of August 26, 1852 (10 Stat. 30), to act as federal agent in dealing with private printing firms doing government business. Assumed management responsibility for GPO when it began operations, March 4, 1861. Certain supervisory responsibilities vested in Joint Committee on Printing by an act of January 12, 1895 (28 Stat. 601).

Textual Records: Correspondence, 1852-1936. Ledgers, 1863-1930. Personnel, payroll, and time records, 1861-1933. Accounting records, 1847-1939.

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149.3 MOTION PICTURES (GENERAL)
1930-35
3 reels

Public information films on such subjects as bookbinding and GPO's free publication distribution system, 1930-35.


Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.


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