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June 30, 1995
Library of Congress Publishes Checklist of Historic Structures
The Library of Congress has announced publication of America Preserved: A Checklist of Historic Buildings, Structures, and Sites, which is available from the Library's Cataloging Distribution Service. The publication is a comprehensive checklist of more than 30,000 structures and sites documented by the National Park Service through its Historic American Building Survey and Historical American Engineering Record. The structures, many of which no longer exist, and sites are recorded permanently in the form of measured drawings, photographs, written descriptive historical data, photo captions, and field records. This volume supersedes the 1983 publication Historic America: Buildings, Structures, and Sites, now out of print, with the addition of more than 14,000 new entries.
America Preserved includes many features which make it an especially valuable reference tool for librarians and an important resource for architects, historians, and the general public. It features a comprehensive checklist of structures and an index by county, which has been updated fully and enhanced since the publication of the 1983 survey. For the first time, each entry includes the number of items for each type of material cited (the number of measured drawings, photographs, and/or pages of text). It also includes Library of Congress shelflist numbers to help librarians find materials more quickly. Finally, the revised introduction provides guidelines for using the book and for ordering copies of measured drawings and photographs from the Photoduplication Service of the Library of Congress.
The book is hardbound in navy blue leather with gold printing. It includes 60 black and white photographs and 32 measured drawings. These include at least one illustration from each state and territory.
American Preserved: A Checklist of Historic Buildings, Structure and Sites, ISBN # 0-16-045255-04, has 1,184 pages and sells for $74. It may be ordered directly from Library of Congress, Customer Services Section, Cataloging Distribution Service, P.O. Box 75720, Washington, D.C. 20541-5017; telephone: 1 (800) 255-3666 (U.S. only) or (202) 707-6100; FAX (202) 707- 1334: TDD: (202) 707-0012.
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