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It’s Over for Another Year

Posted by: Ellen Terrell

Tax season has just ended, and I felt it would be an appropriate time to feature data that the IRS gathers from our annual tax returns (none of it attributed to individual companies, individuals, or non-profits!). There are two particular publications I wanted to mention that both use the data gathered from the forms:  the …

She Works Hard for the Money

Posted by: Ellen Terrell

The Women’s Bureau was organized in 1920 as an agency within the Department of Labor to represent the needs of working women.  As part of its mission, it published many books and pamphlets about women’s issues and the working conditions of women.  Since March is Women’s History Month, I thought this would be a good …

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The Economy: In One Volume

Posted by: Ellen Terrell

For my first post of February 2011, I wanted to give a heads up for a publication that I find very useful.  Coming out this month from the Council of Economic Advisers is the Economic Report of the President.   This publication, published annually since 1947,  gives an overview of the nation’s economic progress along with …

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Planes, Trains but not Automobiles

Posted by: Ellen Terrell

In the 1987 movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Steve Martin’s character is desperately trying to get home for Thanksgiving. While working at the Library of Congress, I have answered many questions which might have interested Steve Martin’s character, from how people traveled, to how much a trip cost, to how long a certain trip was …

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World War II ‘Scientific Manpower’

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

K-rations, better night vision binoculars, and synthetic rubber are just a few examples of innovations resulted from scientific research during World War II.  The story of science during World War II is one of partnerships and prolific research. On June 28, 1941, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8807which established the Office of Scientific Research and …

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Stumbled upon in the Stacks

Posted by: Jennifer Harbster

Today’s guest post  was written by our summer intern Brian Horowitz from Montgomery College, Maryland. As an intern at the Library of Congress, Science Business and Technology Division, I have been able to wander in the books stacks of the Library of Congress.  It was there that I met Brevet Major Alfred Mordecai, a man …

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Credit Reference Books

Posted by: Donna Scanlon

Our guest author today is Ellen Terrell, Business Reference Specialist, with another in our “Favorites from the Fifth Floor.” We get many questions about business from around the country and often we utilize credit reference books. The most well known, and one I have previously written about, is Dun & Bradstreet. This title has gone …