Excerpt from Report to the President by the Committee on Department Methods, 1909: Documentary Historical Publications of the United States Government This plan our committee has been invited to supply. As an indispensable first step, it has made a careful review of the whole field of documentary publications for the history of the United States. First, it divided our whole national history into convenient sections, embracing all periods and all the chief aspects of the record constitutional, political, financial, economic, social, diplomatic, military, and naval history. These were assigned respectively to the members most expert in their con sideration. Each then prepared a careful survey of the special field assigned to him, reporting upon (a) the materials for that period or aspect of American history already in print, whether issued by the Federal Government or otherwise; (b) the volumes or series of documentary material which might best be undertaken by Federal authority with a view to filling gaps and making more complete the body of available material; (c) the probable magnitude of each such undertaking; (a') the relative importance of the enterprises thus designated as desirable, or the order in which they might best be taken up. The preliminary reports thus prepared by the individual members of the committee were sent out in copies to all the other members for consideration and comment. A second general meeting was then held for their discussion. The results, so far as they relate to the existing status of documentation in the various fields of American history and the possibilities of its improvement, are stated in the next section. The subsequent sections present (a) a summary of the chief recommendations made in the course of the survey; (6) certain general considerations which seem to the committee worthy of remark; (c) a description of the organization and method of procedure observed by the governments of other countries in dealing with their historical works; and (d) suggestions, followed by a draft of a bill, for a permanent Commission on National Historical Publications. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.