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Res. June 7, 1880, No. 44, provides for a supplement to be " distributed as provided for the distribution of the Revised Statutes" by Res. May 22, 1878, No. 22, “and such additional copies, on the order of the Secretary of State, as may be necessary from time to time
to supply de ficiencies and offices newly created.”
Act April 9, 1890, c. 73, 26 Stat. 50, mentioned above, provides for a supplement to be distributed to Members of Congress for distribution by them to “ the departments, libraries, public officers and others, the same number to each as heretofore provided for the distribution of the Revised Statutes of the United States."
Further provisions for the publication and distribution of supplements of the Revised Statutes are contained in act February 27, 1893, c. 167, s. 1, 27 Stat. 477, act June 4, 1897, c. 2, s. 1, 30 Stat. 30, and act March 3,
1901, c. 853, s. 1, 31 Stat. 1162. Congressional Directory; distribution.
There shall be prepared under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing a Congressional Directory, of which there shall be three editions during each long session and two editions during each short session of Congress. The first edition shall be distributed to Senators, Representatives, Delegates, the principal officers of Congress, and heads of Departments on the first day of the session, and shall be ready for distribution to others within one week thereafter. The number and distribution of such Directory shall be under the control of the Joint Committee on Printing.
Act January 12, 1895, c. 23, s. 73, 28 Stat. 617. Official Register; distribution.
The Secretary of the Interior shall cause the Official Register to be edited, indexed, and published by the chief clerk of the Interior Department, on the first day of December following the first day of July above mentioned.
Of the Official Register three thousand copies shall be printed and bound, which shall be distributed as follows:
to the Department of Agriculture, fifteen copies;
Act January 12, 1895, c. 23, s. 73, 28 Stat. 619.
Other provisions of this section relating to the preparation and contents of the Official Register, are set forth on p. 306, ante, under “ Offices, Clerks, and Employees."
The Director of the Census is required to edit, index, and publish the
The Commissioner of Patents, upon the requisition of the Secretary of the Interior, is authorized to continue the printing of the following:
Copies of the specifications and drawings of each patent issued, bound in monthly volumes, one copy for each of the Executive Departments of the Government,
which copies shall be certified under the hand of the Commissioner and seal of the Patent Office, and shall not be taken from the depositories for any other purpose than to be used as evidence;
Act January 12, 1895, c. 23, s. 73, 28 Stat. 619. Coast and Geodetic Survey charts; distribution.
SEC. 76. The charts published by the Coast and Geodetic Survey shall be sold at cost of paper and printing as nearly as practicable;
and there shall be no free distribution of such charts except to the Departments and officers of the United States requiring them for public use;
Act January 12, 1895, c. 23, s. 76, 28 Stat. 620. RES. FEBRUARY 18, 1897, No. 13. Joint resolution providing for the distribu
tion of the maps and atlases of the United States Geological Survey. (29
That the Director of the Geological Survey be, and is hereby, authorized and directed, on the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, to dispose of the topographic and geologic maps and atlases of the United States, made and published by the Geological Survey, at such prices and under such regulations as may from time to time be fixed by him and approved by the Secretary of the Interior; and that a number of copies of each map or atlas,* shall be distributed gratuitously among
Departments of our own Government, to literary and scientific associations, and to such educational institutions or libraries as may be designated by the Director of the Survey and approved by the Secretary of the Interior.
Res. February 18, 1897, No. 13, s. 1, 29 Stat. 701.
ACT JANUARY 12, 1895, c. 23. (28 Stat. 601.)
actions in depositories. Sec. 74. Government publications furnished to judicial and executive officers of the United States for their official use shall not become the property of these officers, but on the expiration of their official term shall be by them delivered to their successors in office and all Government publications delivered to designated depositories or other libraries shall be for public use without charge.
Act January 12, 1895, c. 23, s. 74, 28 Stat. 620.
REV. ST. SEC. 1779.
Sec. 1779. No executive officer, other than the heads of Departments, shall apply more than thirty dollars, annually, out of the contingent fund under his control, to pay for newspapers, pamphlets, periodicals, or other books or prints not necessary for the business of his office.
REV. ST. SEC. 192.
SEC. 192. The amount expended in any one year for newspapers, for any Department,
shall not exceed one hundred dollars. And all newspapers purchased with the public money for the use of either of the Departments must be preserved as files for such Department. ACT JUNE 22, 1906, c. 3514. (34 Stat. 389.) Repeal, in part, of Rev. St. sec. 192.
Sec. 7. So much of section one hundred and ninety-two of the Revised Statutes of the United States as requires newspapers purchased for the use of the Executive Departments to be preserved for the permanent files of such Departments be, and the same is hereby, repealed.
Act June 22, 1906, c. 3514, s. 7, 34 Stat. 449.
This section is a part of the legislative, executive, and judicial appro
priation act for the fiscal year 1907, cited above. ACT FEBRUARY 16, 1889, c. 171. An act to authorize and provide for the
disposition of useless papers in the Executive Departments. (25 Stat. 672.) Accumulation of useless papers in departments; report to Congress; examination
by committee; sale or other disposition. That whenever there shall be in any one of the Executive Departments of the Government an accumulation of files of papers, which are not needed or useful in the transaction of the current business of such Department and have no permanent value or historical interest, it shall be the duty of the head of such Department to submit to Congress a report of that fact, accompanied by a concise statement of the condition and character of such papers. And upon the submission of such report, it shall be the duty of the presiding officer of the Senate to appoint two Senators, and of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to appoint two Representatives, and the Senators and Representatives so appointed shall constitute a joint committee, to which shall be referred such report, with the accompanying statement of the condition and character of such papers, and such joint committee shall meet and examine such report and statement and the papers therein described, and submit to the Senate and House, respectively, a report of such examination and their recommendation. And if they report that such files of papers, or any part thereof, are not needed or useful in the transaction of the current business of such Department, and have no permanent value or historical interest, then it shall be the duty of such head of the Department to sell as waste paper, or otherwise dispose of such files of papers upon the best obtainable terms after due publication of notice inviting proposals therefor, and receive and pay the proceeds thereof into the Treasury of the United States, and make report thereof to Congress.
Act February 16, 1889, c. 171, 25 Stat. 672.
The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to sell or otherwise dispose of the accumulation of files and obsolete or worthless documents and publications, by a provision of act March 4, 1907, c. 2907, set forth on
p. 23, ante. ACT MARCH 2, 1895, c. 189. (28 Stat. 910.) Accumulation of useless papers in department buildings.
That the Act entitled “An Act to authorize and provide for the disposition of useless papers in the Executive Departments,” approved February sixteenth, eighteen hundred and eighty-nine, be, and the same is hereby, amended so as to include in its provisions any accumulation of files of papers of a like character therein described now or hereafter in the various public buildings under the control of the several Executive Departments of the Government.
Act March 2, 1895, c. 189, 28 Stat. 933.
This is a provision of the sundry civil appropriation act for the fiscal year 1896, cited above.
Act February 16, 1889, c. 171, mentioned and amended by this provision, is set forth above. See note under that act relating to disposal of accumulation of files, etc., in the Department of Agriculture.
ACT JUNE 19, 1878, c. 317. An act to protect public libraries in the District of
Columbia, and for other purposes. (20 Stat. 171.) Injuring or destroying, stealing, etc., books, etc.; punishment.
That any person who shall steal, wrongfully deface, injure, mutilate, tear, or destroy any book, pamphlet, or manuscript, or any portion thereof, belonging to the Library of Congress, or to any public library in the District of Columbia, whether the property of the United States or of any individual or corporation in said District, or who shall steal, wrongfully deface, injure, mutilate, tear, or destroy any book, pamphlet, document, manuscript, print, engraving, medal, newspaper, or work of art, the property of the United States, shall be held guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof, shall, when the offense is not otherwise punishable by some statute of the United States, be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars nor inore than one thousand dollars, and by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than twelve months, or both, for every such offense.
Act June 19, 1878, c. 317, 20 Stat. 171.
ACT MARCH 4, 1909, c. 321. (35 Stat. 1088.)
Sec. 128. Whoever shall wilfully and unlawfully conceal, remove, mutilate, obliterate, or destroy, or attempt to conceal, remove, mutilate, obliterate, or destroy, or, with intent to conceal, remove, mutilate, obliterate, destroy, or steal, shall take and carry away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined not more than two thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
Act March 4, 1909, c. 321, s. 128, 35 Stat. 1111.
This is a section of "An act to codify, revise, and amend the penal laws of the United States," cited above, incorporating therein the provisions of Rev. St. sec. 5403, which section is expressly repealed by section
341 of this act. Unlawfully removing, injuring, or destroying records, books, etc., of United
States, by officer in charge thereof. Sec. 129. Whoever, having the custody of any record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing specified in the preceding section, shall wilfully and unlawfully conceal, remove, mutilate, obliterate, falsify, or destroy any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or thing, shall be fined not more than two thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall inoreover forfeit his office and be forever afterward disqualified from holding any office under the Government of the United States.
Act March 4, 1909, c. 321, s. 129, 35 Stat. 1112.
This is a section of "An act to codify, revise, and amend the penal laws of the United States," cited above, incorporating therein the provisions of Rev. St. sec. 5408, which section is expressly repealed by section 341 of this act.
REV. ST. SEC. 882.
SEC. 882. Copies of any books, records, papers, or documents in any of the Executive Departments, authenticated under the seals of such Departments, respectively, shall be admitted in evidence equally with the originals thereof. ACT MARCH 4, 1909, c. 320. (35 Stat. 1075.) Copyright not to subsist in works in public domain or in Government publica
tions; effect of publication by Government of copyrighted material. Sec. 7. That no copyright shall subsist in the original text of any work which is in the public domain,
or in any publication of the United States Government, or any reprint, in whole or in part, thereof: Provided, however, That the publication or republication by the Government, either separately or in a public document, of any material in which copyright is subsisting shall not be taken to cause any abridgment or annulment of the copyright or to authorize any use or appropriation of such copyright material without the consent of the copyright proprietor.
Act March 4, 1909, c. 320, s. 7, 35 Stat. 1077.
FRANKS AND FRANKING.
ACT MARCH 3, 1877, c. 103. (19 Stat. 319.)
official envelopes. SEC. 5. That it shall be lawful to transmit through the mail, free of postage, any letters, packages, or other matters relating exclusively to the business of the Government of the United States: Provided, That every such letter or package to entitle it to pass free shall bear over the words “Official business” an endorsement showing also the name of the Department, and, if from a bureau or office, the names of the Department and bureau or office, as the case may be, whence transmitted.
Act March 3, 1877, c. 103, s. 5, 19 Stat. 335.
The last part of this section, here omitted, prohibiting the use of official envelopes to avoid payment of postage on private mail matter, and providing punishment therefor, is incorporated in act March 4, 1909, c. 321,
s. 227, set forth below. Providing official envelopes; endorsement of penalty thereon.
Sec. 6. That for the purpose of carrying this act into effect, it shall be the duty of each of the Executive Departments of the United States to provide for itself and its subordinate offices the necessary envelopes: and in addition to the endorsement designating the Department in which they are to be used, the penalty for the unlawful use of these envelopes shall be stated thereon.
Act March 3, 1877, c. 103, s. 6, 19 Stat. 336.
This and the preceding section are parts of “An act establishing post
roads and for other purposes," cited above. ACT MARCH 4, 1909, c. 321. (35 Stat. 1088.) Fraudulent use of official envelopes; penalty.
Sec. 227. Whoever shall make use of any official envelope, label, or indorsement authorized by law, to avoid the payment of postage or