Kresge Law Library serves as a Preservation Steward for U.S. Government Publishing Office

Author: Denise Wager

Library Mainreadingroom 2020

Notre Dame Law School’s Kresge Law Library has renewed its partnership with the U.S. Government Publishing Office as a Preservation Steward.

Preservation Stewards support continued public access to U.S. government documents in print format. They contribute significantly to the effort to preserve printed documents, especially in the digital era.

The Kresge Law Library first became a Preservation Steward in 2017 for the Code of Federal Regulations, an arrangement of the general and permanent rules circulated by the executive departments and agencies of the federal government of the United States.

The library will add materials to their current collection of the Code of Federal Regulations and will now become the Preservation Steward for the following:

  • Historic collection of the House Journal, the official record of proceedings of each legislative day in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • The Federal Register, the official journal of the federal government of the United States that contains government agency rules, proposed rules, and public notices.
  • The Code of Federal Regulations Index and Finding Aids, the subject/agency index for rules currently codified in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Thomas Mills, associate dean and director of the Kresge Law Library, said, “Our library and Notre Dame Law School are stepping up to help preserve the historical record of the federal government to support GPO’s mission of continued public access to U.S. government documents in print format.”

The Government Publishing Office distributes information 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. They partner with universities and law schools throughout the country to preserve the printed version of these government publications.

Read a press release about the Preservation Steward announcement on the Government Publishing Office website.

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