GPO Publishes 2016 Edition of Keeping America Informed, Celebrates 155 Years of Service

Featured Content August 25, 2016 - GPO Publishes Revised, 2016 Edition of Keeping America Informed


The 2016 edition of Keeping America Informed: The U.S. Government Publishing Office: A Legacy of Service to the Nation, 1861-2016, describes GPO's rich history and transformation over the past 155 years. Read more about this transformation and the ways that GPO continually adapted over the years, starting with lead type and the "ink-on-paper" era during GPO's first days in 1861, all the way up to GPO’s incorporation of electronic information technologies in the present day, which has been the single most dominant trend at the agency for the past 50 years. The 2016 edition is revised and expanded to include additional information about GPO's history, as noted below in a new foreword by GPO Director, Davita Vance-Cooks:

"Rapid change is a commonplace in the digital era, as new technologies overtake the old at a dizzying speed....The publication of this revised edition of Keeping America Informed is appropriate to this occasion, incorporating as it does the work of a robust historical program that has shed new light on key stories from our past, notably GPO’s close connection with President Lincoln, the agency’s experience with segregation during the Jim Crow era, a long-forgotten proposal to develop a Government paper mill, an analysis of how big GPO truly was in terms of its equipment and machinery, and a close-up look at GPO’s production of the edited transcripts of the Presidential tapes during the Watergate crisis of the early 1970’s."

Davita Vance-Cooks, Director, U.S. Government Publishing Office, February 2016, in the Foreword to the Revised Edition, Keeping America Informed: The U.S. Government Publishing Office: A Legacy of Service to the Nation, 1861-2016, page vii.

Revised Edition, August 25, 2016

Keeping America Informed: The U.S. Government Publishing Office: A Legacy of Service to the Nation 1861-2016
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To purchase hard copies of the 2016 edition of Keeping America Informed visit the U.S. Government Bookstore.


First Edition, June 15, 2011

Keeping America Informed: The U.S. Government Printing Office: 150 Years of Service to the Nation
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