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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
BUREAU OF EDUCATION,
Washington, January 8, 1918. Sir: The executive departments of the Federal Government have in recent years taken a more important place in the life of the country and consequently in the interest of the people than they formerly had. To such an extent have their functions increased that no intelligent conception of the contemporary life of the Nation can be formed without some knowledge of their organization and work. It is also very desirable that the people of the country should be informed as to the nature of the many valuable publications which the departments issue so that they may know how to obtain most expeditiously reliable information on the subjects treated in these reports. That information in regard to the organization and functions of the departments and the nature of their publications may be available for the use of schools and colleges and of chambers of commerce, women's clubs, and other similar organizations, I have caused to be prepared the manuscript which I am transmitting herewith for publication as a bulletin of the Bureau of Education. Respectfully submitted,
Commissioner. The SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR.
GUIDE TO UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
This Bulletin is divided into 11 parts, one for each of the 10 executive departments of the Government and one part for the miscellaneous important independent bureaus and commissions. Each part is divided into sections, one for each of the bureaus under the department considered, and the description is given in most instances in the following order : Principal administrative officials, general information and duties, general publications, method of distribution of general publications, annual and other periodical publications, lists, indexes, mailing lists, maps, and correspondence. At the beginning of each part is a brief description of the department considered.
The material for the Bulletin was furnished by each department, bureau, or independent office or commission, in response to a circular sent from the Bureau of Education, and it is desired to express appreciation for the hearty cooperation manifested in the replies received.
THE WHITE HOUSE.
(Pennsylvania Avenue, between Fifteenth and Seventeenth Streets.)
The only publications distributed from the White House are the President's Messages to Congress, and the President's Proclamations. They are for free distribution and may be obtained by addressing the Secretary to the President of the United States.
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC INFORMATION.
Principal administrative officials.-Secretary of State; Secretary of War; Secretary of the Navy; Chairman of the Committee; Editor of “ Official Bulletin." The work of the committee is carried on in the United States and in foreign countries through the activities of about 25 divisions.
General information and duties.-The Committee on Public Information was organized under Executive Order of April 14, 1917, and is directly under the President of the United States. The purpose of this committee is to furnish reliable information and to issue an official daily bulletin and such additional bulletins, films, posters, pictures, and publications as may seem desirable.
General publications.-The following general publications have been issued :
BED, WHITE, AND BLUE SERIES.
1. How the War Came to America. 2. National Service Handbook. 15 cents. 3. The Battle Line of Democracy. 15 cents. 4. The President's Flag Day Address with Evidence of Germany's Plans. 5. Conquest and Kultur. 6. German War Practices. (Part 1—Treatment of Civilians.) 7. War Cyclopedia : A Handbook for Ready Reference on the Great War. 25 cents.
8. German Treatment of Conquered Territory. (Part II-of German War
Practices.) 9. War, Labor, and Peace. (Some Recent Addresses and Writings of the
President.) 10. German Plots and Intrigues. Activities of the German System in the
United States during the Period of our Neutraity.
WAR INFORMATION SERIES.
101. The War Message and Facts Behind It.
201. Friendly Words to the Foreign Born.
“ The Kaiserite in America,"
Catalogue of Photographs and Stereopticon Slides, issued by the Division of Pictures.
Method of distribution of general publications. These publications are, so far as issued, for free distribution except as noted. Copies may be obtained from the committee as long as editions printed are available.
Annual and other periodical publications.-The Committee on Public Information has not issued any annual report but there is printed a daily “ Official Bulletin " which is sent free to officials of all Government departments; to the members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives; members of the American diplomatic and consular service; the foreign diplomatic and consular service; officers of the Army and Navy; every post office in the United States (to be posted daily); governors of all States; mayors of all cities; all daily newspapers and press associations of the country; all magazines; colleges and universities ; chambers of commerce and boards of trade; and other public institutions. Regular subscription to others $5.00 per year.
Correspondence.- Requests for general publications should be addressed to the Distribution Department, 6 Jackson Place. Requests for the “ Official Bulletin " should be addressed to Editor, Official Bulletin, 16 Jackson Place, Washington, D. C.
SERVICE BUREAU. The committee has established this bureau to give necessary information concerning Government work to those who have business with the Governmental agencies in Washington. The bureau is located at the corner of Fifteenth and G Streets NW., Washington, D. C.
PART 1. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.
(For location of department, bureaus, etc., see page 186.)
Principal administrative officials.-Secretary of State; Counselor for the De-
General information and duties.—The Secretary of State is charged, under
The Counselor becomes the Acting Secretary of State in the absence of the
Under the organization of the department the Assistant Secretary, Second
The Director of the Consular Service is charged with the general sapervision
The Chief Clerk has general supervision of the clerks and employees and of
The Foreign Trade Adviser has general supervision of foreign trade matters,
The Diplomatic Bureau handles diplomatic correspondence and miscellaneous
The Division of Latin-American Affairs handles diplomatic and consular cor-
The Division of Far Eastern Affairs handles diplomatic and consular corre-
The Division of Near Eastern Affairs handles diplomatic and consular corre-
lation to Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Roumania, Servia, Bulgaria,
The Division of Western European Affairs handles diplomatic and consular
The Consular Bureau handles consular correspondence and miscellaneous
The Bureau of Appointments is charged with custody of the Great Seal and
The Bureau of Citizenship examines all applications for passports, issues
The Bureau of Indexes and Archives records and indexes the general corre-
The Bureau of Accounts has custody and disbursement of appropriations
The Bureau of Rolls and Library has custody of the rolls, treaties, etc.;
The Division of Foreign Intelligence prepares and distributes to the foreign
The Office of the Law Clerk edits and indexes the laws, resolutions, public
The Superintendent of the State, War, and Navy Department Building is the
Publications. The following publications of the State Department are avail-
(0) Register of the Department of State List of officers, clerks, and em-
(c) Diplomatic and Consular Service of the United States. List of diplo-
(d) Diplomatic List. Containing the diplomatic officials and families of for-
(e) Information Regarding Appointments and Promotions in the Consular
(1) Information Regarding Appointments and Promotions in the Diplomatic
(g) Rules Governing the Granting and Issuing of Passports in the United
Correspondence.-Requests for these publications should be sent to the Chief