2008 Capitol Christmas Tree
Sudoc number: A 13.140:C 171/DVD
This short video portrays the journey of the Capitol Christmas tree from Montana to Washington D.C. It highlights the special events and people who made this project such a success.The official 2008 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree ballad, "Heart of Montana" was written and performed by Jack Gladstone, a Native "Poet Singer" and lecturer from the Blackfeet Indian National of Montana.
The official lighting ceremony took place December 2, 2008. Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi flipped the switch with the help from Chris Gabrielsen, a Havre, Montana student who won the trip to light the tree.
A sub-alpine was selected, cut and hauled to Washington, D.C. along with more than five-thousand hand-made ornaments. Students and artists donated the ornaments reflecting the theme, " Sharing Montana's Treasures". Along with the Christmas tree, more than 70 smaller companion trees were taken to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in congressional offices and other office buildings.
The success of this project was made possible through the generous support by dozens of partners, sponsors and volunteers. A complete list of sponsors is located on the inside jacket of this DVD.
Pinchot : historic footage captured on 16mm film
Allan, Chris. Pinchot : historic footage captured on 16mm film.
USDA Forest Service - Northern Region, Northern Region Productions, 2009.
Call number: A 13.140:P 651/2/DVD
Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946), American conservationist and public official, was chiefly responsible for introducing scientific forestry to the United States. He is considered the founding father of the U.S. Forest Service and served as the first Chief of the Forest Service from 1905-1910.
The original footage on this DVD was taken on 16mm film. It was converted to DVD in 2009. This video gives an entertaining look into Gifford Pinchot’s life and influence in the U.S. Forest Service.
This 22 minute video contains two, 11 minute versions of the same video. One version of the film is silent, the other contains audio narration. The version with sound directly follows the silent film.
Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems
Effects of climatic variability and change on forest ecosystems : a comprehensive science synthesis for the U.S. forest sector. Portland, OR : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, 2012. 265 p.
Call number: A 13.88:PNW-GTR-870 Also available online.
“This report is a scientific assessment of the current condition and likely future condition of forest resources in the United States relative to climatic variability and change. It serves as the U.S. Forest Service forest sector technical report for the National Climate Assessment and includes descriptions of key regional issues and examples of a risk-based framework for assessing climate-change effects.”- Abstract
Animal Carcass Disposal Using Explosives
Beckley, Bob. Animal Carcass Disposal Using Explosives. Engineering Tech Tips, USDA Forest Service, Technology & Development Program, September 2013.
Sudoc number: A13.137/2: 1371-2305-MTDC
This is not the most holiday-themed document unless you are looking for alternative methods to make reindeer fly, but it is an interesting document.
What do you do if there is an animal carcass in an area where it could attracted unwanted wildlife attention, but traditional removal methods are not an option? According to the Missoula Technology & Development Center the answer may be explosives. This document is useful for those who may have to dispose of deceased livestock or other large animals. It is a very practical guide is intended for responsible disposal and is helpfully illustrated.
For those who have a dark sense of humor this will get a laugh.
A Story Written in the Rocks
Hemstad, Chris B., A story written in the rocks : the geology of Voyageurs National Park, International Falls, Minnesota : National Park Service, Voyageurs National Park, 2013.
Sudoc number: I 29.2:V 94/5
If you like volcanos, glaciers and plate tectonics this is a great book. Heavily illustrated with maps, examples of formation and diagrams this book is great!
“A story written in the rocks : the geology of Voyageurs National Park was written to share the story told within the rocks. This book is intended as a guide to the geological history of the park. As it unfolds for you, numerous features will be identified in the photographs and the maps. We strongly recommend that visitor experience the landscape of the park firsthand. Seeing and touching it will help you experience and form an appreciation of the diversity of geologic features and the stories they tell you.” From Foreword by Tawnya Schoewe
Fuel Economy Guide
Fuel economy guide. Washington, DC : U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2015.
Sudoc number: E 1.8/5: 2015 Also available online.
Here is a super practical document from the Department of Energy and the EPA for those looking to buy a car.
“The annual fuel cost estimates in the 2008–2015 electronic fuel economy guides are updated weekly to match EIA's current national average prices for gasoline and diesel fuel.”
You can find more information in a database which covers 1984-to the present with a tool which allows a comparison of cars. http://fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.shtml
Another great and somewhat related document is History of the Presidential Limousines, Revised September 2014. Don’t expect to find the gas mileage for these cars which range from the 1909 carriage for Taft to president Obama’s bus
Sudoc number HS 9.2:L 62/2014
Another Blast From the Past
Why not have turkey year round? This was less common in 1961 then today. This document provides suggestions for preparing turkey for any time, not just Thanksgiving. Published as part of the Home and Garden Bulletins this was part of a series of publications focused on the “home maker” and included booklets on everything for the lady at home including canning meat, how to fit a suit, prepare rabbit-based dishues and grow azaleas.
Look for these great, and still useful documents in A 1.77!
Now for something completely different
Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers
There are a number of documents in the Gov doc world that are considered hybrids. Not purely government document which were created through partnerships with other organizations such as Environment Impact Statements written by professionals hired by states or other governmental agencies. Sometimes there are crossovers to take advantage of interest in a movie or event, such as the environmental curriculum guide featuring the movie version of the Lorax.
This week I want to bring attention to another hybrid –America’s Great Ourdoors. This Tumbler post is from the Department of the Interior and is intended to encourage people to visit national parks. Members of the public submit photos taken in different National Parks and the results can be amazing. From the Acadia to Zion National Park you can find stunning and inspiring images. Just remember that unlike regular gov docs the images belong to the people who submitted them and are not in the public domain.
Pocket Guide for Outfitters
Call number: A 13.36/2:W 64/12
In September the library had a display to celebrate the anniversary of the Wilderness Act. At that time we didn’t have this item. This booklet, filled with color illustrations promotes the use of wilderness areas and is filled with advice for outfitters and their clients regarding ethics, the benefits of wilderness, how wilderness differs from other areas and how to keep the area wild. This is a great little book filled with basic advice and philosophy regarding our protected wild lands.
El alfabeto del Búho Woodsy. Washington, District of Columbia : Servicio Forestal de los Estados Unidos, Programa de Educación para la Conservación, 2013
Sudoc: A 1.68:1729-S
This is a fun book for children or people learning Spanish. Learn the names of many different animals Each brightly illustrated page contains many insects, birds and animals for the reader to find and identify and some pages include actions or advice for enjoying the outdoors.
Also available in English
Biosecurity Guide for Poultry and Bird Owners, Program Aid No. 1885, Revised April 2014. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. 33pg.
This spiral bound brochure is written in both English and Spanish and could be very helpful for those who keep chickens or other birds.
“This guide was designed to provide useful information on biosecurity for poultry and bird owners. The United States works very hard to prevent infectious poultry diseases such as highly pathogenic avian influenza and exotic Newcastle disease from being introduced into the country. To accomplish this, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires that all imported birds (poultry, pet birds, birds exhibited at zoos, and ratites), except those from Canada, be quarantined and tested for the viruses that cause these two diseases before entering the country”
What is Propaganda?
During WWII Donald Duck could be found selling war bonds, on VD posters and in cartoons where he worked on German bombs. This educational pamphlet for GI discusses the different types of propaganda, the history of its use, different slogans, likenesses and how to evaluate information.
Other interesting titles bound with this document are Do You Want Your Wife to Work After the War? Can War Marriages Work? and What Shall be done with War Criminals?
Save that fat!
Durring the war rationing was an important activiy on the home front. Cartoons like this would have been common. This is from VICTORY, Offical Weekly Publication of the Office of War Information, July 28, 1942. Many government agencies including the Department of Agriculture, produced posters and advice pamphlets incouraging rationing.
To purchase gas, food or even shoes you needed ration coupons like this one for sugar.
Blast to the Past!
New and old covers for A Short Guide to Iraq, the original copy is small- 13cm tall!
Instructions for American servicemen in Iraq during World War II. United States. Army Service Forces. Special Service Division. xii, 44 p. : ill., map ; Publisher:Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago Press, 2007.
Sometimes people ask- is anyone really interested in old gov. docs? With the anniversaries of WWI and WWII it is a great time to pull some of the amazing materials from our collection to show just how interesting these items really are- and yes, people still use them! To get us started here is a reprint and a original copy of a 1943 guide for soldiers in Iraq. We have a number of these guides in the collection which can be found at
SuDoc W 109.110 Au 7-S 48
Here is an NPR piece on this guide. Advice to WWII Soldiers in Iraq Relevant Today, August 09, 2007 3:53 PM ET
Global Threat Reduction
SuDoc number: E 11.2:G 51 Also available online
“President Obama’s nuclear security agenda, laid out in his historic speech in Prague on April 5, 2009, included a vision of a world free of nuclear weapons, ending the production of fissile materials intended for use in state nuclear weapons and ensuring that terrorists never acquire a nuclear weapon. In support of that last goal, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) led the United States’ effort to implement President Obama’s call to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the world within four years, set new security standards, expand our partnership with Russia, and pursue new partnerships to lock down sensitive materials.”
Climate change impacts in the United States, highlights : U.S. national climate assessment. Washington, District of Columbia : U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2014. 48 pg.
Sudoc number: PREX 30.2:IM 7/HIGH. Also available online.
Climate change impacts in the United States : U.S. national climate assessment. Washington, District of Columbia: U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2014. 829 pg.
Sudoc number: PREX 30.2:IM 7 Also available online.
“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present. Corn producers in Iowa, oyster growers in Washington State, and maple syrup producers in Vermont are all observing climate-related changes that are outside of recent experience. So, too, are coastal planners in Florida, water managers in the arid Southwest, city dwellers from Phoenix to New York, and Native Peoples on tribal lands from Louisiana to Alaska. This National Climate Assessment concludes that the evidence of human-induced climate change continues to strengthen and that impacts are increasing across the country.”- Overview
To Make Beautiful the Capital
Burton, Amy Elizabeth. To make beautiful the Capitol : rediscovering the art of Constantino Brumidi. U.S. Senate Commission on Art. 131 pages : color illustrations.
SuDoc number: Y 1.3:S.PUB.113-10 Also available online.
I may have a new favorite government document. This is a beautiful book is about the amazing master artist Constantino Brumidi who dedicated his life to the decoration of the capitol building. For 25 years this Italian immigrant expressed his patriotism in vibrant hues mixing old-world style with American themes. His work was criticized by as being too decadent, bright and European. This sentiment, years of over-painting and restorations hid the work of the master and led many to discount his abilities. Conservationists have revealed the original works with beautiful results. The wonderful illustrations may seem familiar to those who have used the Congressional Serial Set, a section of the book looks at Brumidi’s inspiration and identifies the Mexican Boundary and Pacific Railroad reports as a source for many of the landscapes and birds depicted.
This is a great work incorporating art, history, and restoration.
Why would someone cut a tree down?
Roberta Burzynski, Ill. Juliette Watts. Why Would Anyone Cut a Tree Down? USDA forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry. 2013. 41pg.
SuDoc: A13.2:T71/65 Also available online.
This book contained 28 full-color, beautiful water-color illustrations. Even the painting of diseased trees are compelling with a fairy-tale feel. The intention of this book, written for 1st to 3rd graders, is to explain why some trees are cut in urban or forest areas. Information on why trees are planted and advice on planting and removal (for adults) help to round out the content.
An app for that
The U.S. Census Bureau today released Census PoP Quiz, a new interactive mobile application that challenges users’ knowledge of demographic facts for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The new app, which draws from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, aims to raise statistical literacy about the U.S. population.
Wild & Senic Snake River
The Wild & Scenic Snake River Boater's Guide. USDI BLM, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, USDA Forest Service. 2014. 35 pg.
“The mighty Snake River winds its way through Hells Canyon, the deepest river-carved gorge in North America. Here the river flows through the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area (HCNRA) and forms the boundary between Idaho and Oregon. The 652,488-acre HCNRA was created by Congress in 1975. Although the Recreation Area includes portions of the Nez Perce, Payette, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, it is managed by the Wallowa-Whitman NF….”- pg.1
Carol Reardon. The Gettysburg campaign : June-July 1863. Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 2013. 63 pages : illustrations, maps.
Call number: D 114.2:G 33/2 Also available online.
“After the Confederates’ victory at Chancellorsville in May 1863, General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker, once again confronted each other across the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia. The battle, which cost Hooker nearly 16,000 casualties and Lee some 12,300 losses, had proved indecisive. The two armies maintained an uneasy stalemate, occupying virtually the same ground they had held since December 1862. Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital, stood fifty-three miles to the north, while Richmond, Virginia, the Confederate capital, lay fifty-seven miles to the south. The rival presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, pondered their next moves.” pg. 7
Turning Point 9.11
Turning Point 9.11, Air Force Reserve in the 21st Century, 2001-2011, September 2012,
Call Number: D 301.2:R 31/18 Also available online.
“The contributions Air Force Reservists are making to the security of the United States and the world is a continuum of visionary concepts, ideas, and challenges undertaken at the beginning of the last century in the quest of human flight. Reserve members voluntarily partook of these endeavors and also gradually formed an effective organization. Moreover, the course toward the twenty-first century policy of maintaining a strategic air reserve that is well integrated with active duty forces and operationally engaged daily has been evolutionary and forged out of practicality and necessity. The result has been a responsive and efficient Air Force Reserve.”-DVIDS
Keeping up with Government Documents
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