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A COOPERATIVE CLEARING HOUSE
THIRD ANNUAL CUMULATION
The Public Affairs Information Service completes, with this volume, its third year under the management of The H. W. Wilson Company.
A comparison of this issue with the previous Annuals shows a great increase in the amount of material indexed. Statistics compiled from the order department of the Service show that 69 per cent more publications have been listed during the third year of the Service than during the second. Plans for the ensuing year should make it possible to continue the same relative growth.
The special mission of the Service is to list the more elusive material in print. A partial impression only of what the Service attempts to index is, perhaps, obtained by a cursory glance at the Key to periodical references and List of books indexed. Altho these are valuable features of the Service, the fugitive material, including special reports, investigations, brochures, etc., represent more accurately how the Service is most valuable to its cooperators and where the staff expends the greatest effort.
Only the most pertinent articles are selected from periodicals indexed in other Wilson publications, and these are included in the Cumulated numbers only. The weekly issues are reserved for material not indexed elsewhere.
All entries do not represent printed material. Notes, announcements, and digests show the trend of public thought and action, but do not refer directly to printed matter.
The trend of public opinion in the various states during the past year is shown chronologically:
First, by a subject digest of the vote at the 1916 election in various states on constitutional amendments and other measures referred to the people.
Second, by a digest of the inaugural messages of the governors to the legislatures of all of the states that had sessions.
Third, by a digest of the laws enacted by the 1917 legislatures on social and economic topics, from the following states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
All of these digests are incorporated in the Annual volume, showing the progress of various reform measures from their conception to their enforcement.
A list of all typewritten material listed during the fiscal year may be found in the last pages of the volume. Typewritten copies may still be obtained of these, as well as practically all of the typewritten material listed in the previous Annuals.
A reprint of the Descriptive Bulletin of the Service is included in the volume. It may clarify some points occasionally and assist cooperators and subscribers to make fullest use of the Service.
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The editor wishes to acknowledge the helpful assistance of cooperators and subscribers and also of the Advisory committee, who have always responded most cordially to all requests for cooperation and advice.
The editor also owes much to the cooperation and interest of The H. W.. Wilson Company and to the conscientious work of the members of the Staff of the Service.
The value of cooperation cannot be overestimated in considering the betterment of the Service. As the income increases and cooperators send in material more systematically to be included in the Bulletins, the Service will be better able to accomplish the goal originally conceived by its founders.
MR. GEORGE S. GODARD......
MR. C. C. WILLIAMSON...
......................Librarian Municipal Reference Library, New York City MR. JOHN A. LAPP....
.....Director Bureau of Legislative Information, Indianapolis, Indiana MR. FREDERICK C. HICKS.........
..................Law Librarian Columbia University, New York City MR. JOSEPH L. WHEELER....
.................Librarian Youngstown Public Library, Youngstown, Ohio
..........Editor JESSIE E. DORRANCE.
..Correspondent KATHARINE MIDDLETON.
............Assistant Editor Ruth J. HORN.........
.................Copyist and Proofreader MADELINE SAHRE.......
................Stenographer BERNICE MCKIBBIN, Assistant in charge of requests for free material and material with a
price, ordered by checking the Bulletin. Marie LEIDINGER, General Assistant, including ordering material to be listed and checking
up the same when received. Sadie Mabie, Assistant in charge of typewritten material.
Public Affairs Information Service
Use made of, 41, 51, 71, 73
Joint subscription, 9
Weekly bulletin. See Bulletin