IN RECOGNITION OF Lawrence University’s 150th Anniversary with the Federal Depository Library Program

October 30, 2019
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HON. MIKE GALLAGHER

OF WISCONSIN

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 30th, 2019

Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 150th anniversary of Lawrence University’s partnership with the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) administered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO).

In 1860, Congress established the GPO to provide and preserve information about the federal government to Congress. The GPO’s authority was later expanded through legislation in 1895, making the agency responsible for not only printing for all three branches of government, but also distributing government publications to designated libraries to provide information about the federal government to the public. Thus, the Federal Depository Library Program began. Today, the FDLP distributes government documents to nearly 1,159 libraries.

The Seeley G. Mudd Library is the oldest FDLP library among all universities and colleges in Wisconsin. Its collections of Congressional records and government documents include historical treasures unique among all FDLP libraries in the state. The Fox Valley and students of Lawrence University are fortunate to have a resource like the Seeley G. Mudd Library in our community. I am grateful to Lawrence University for pioneering Wisconsin’s partnership with the FLDP, and to the Seeley G. Mudd Library for preserving treasured government documents for the community.

Madam speaker, it is my honor to congratulate Lawrence University as the Seeley G. Mudd Library celebrates this impressive milestone. Thank you, Madam Speaker. I yield back.

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