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Thanks, M. Belvadi, Carol Yuke and Dan Holmes - I'm forwarding to him. This is very helpful.

Circa 1980 the State of California published a California Energy Atlas which, after being distributed, was requested to be returned or destroyed (I'm not sure which) and was not to be put into the libraries. I don't know why this happened.

Following 911 there was a misguided rush to get certain types of documents out of Earth Sciences Libraries. My favorite was Calif Dept of Water Resources publication, Dams within the Jurisdiction of the State of California, Bulletin 17. [Contact me for a contact person on this history and more.] Of course, the State of California dams database was removed from the internet too ... but no problem, just go to the federal dams database and GIS or the federal place names database. What a pathetic effort. We laughed at the them ... there are hundreds of thousands of dams and other potential terrorist targets in the US - the key ones are on road maps. Pulling records is not the solution.

I also "love it" when closed military base cleanup literature published online have the maps removed .. you can go to the public library to get the maps in the documents. The document is useless without the maps for any cleanup remediation use and the base is abandoned ... what exactly are they trying to protect?

In October 2001, depository libraries received instruction to destroy a USGS CD-ROM. (See "Sudocs Letter: Destroy USGS CD-ROM", in Administration Notes, v. 22, no. 15; p. 7) http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/adnotes/ad101501.pdf

The Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, issued a press release: "Statement on Request to Withdraw USGS Source-Water CD-ROM from Depository Libraries" (1/16/2002) http://www.access.gpo.gov/public-affairs/news/02news04.html
"The Superintendent of Documents' request followed established policy for the withdrawal of documents from the FDLP. This policy has been communicated in writing to all Federal depository libraries. Under the FDLP, the Government may request the removal of materials from depository libraries since the law (chapter 19 of Title 44) indicates that all FDLP materials remain Government property. Requests to withdraw happen rarely, however. Since FY 1995, the GPO has distributed 230,019 tangible product (print, microfiche, and CD-ROM) titles to depository libraries, and recalled just 20 (16 to be destroyed, 3 returned to the agency, 1 removed from shelves). Such actions are taken only on the request of the issuing agency, most commonly because the titles contain information that is erroneous or has been superseded. The Superintendent of Documents has no statutory ability to deny agency document withdrawal requests, but instead serves as the statutory conduit for carrying them out.... "

See also the Superintendent of Documents's Information Dissemination Policy Statement, "Withdrawal of Federal Information Products from Information Dissemination Collection and Distribution Programs" (ID 72, effective 1/10/2005)

As mentioned in the previous post, these kind of requests are discussed quite openly in the depository community on GOVDOC-L.

If your filmmaker goes to the archives for the listserv for gov doc librarians,
and searches for subject word "destroy", he/she will find many messages that I think will be very useful to the project.

The government depository librarians have been discussing this issue pretty openly for the last few years.

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