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About the Collection

The digital archive of the journal DttP: Documents to the People has been created in partnership between the Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) and the American Library Association, Government Documents Round Table (ALA/GODORT). The collection includes 138 issues of the journal published between 1972 and 2002. The collection is based on the print holdings of the Stanford University Libraries supplemented in the case of missing issues by contributions from the private collections.

Early issues of DttP had the look and feel of a newsletter. The journal documents the organizational history of the Government Documents Round Table of the American Library Association [link to GODORT history publication]. However in a broader sense the collection documents the emergence of the government documents specialization within the field of librarianship as a profession. Individual issues include a range of topics, including articles covering the scope of official publishing by state and local governments as well as international government agencies. The most significant and substantial aspect of the overall collection is its coverage of the information dissemination policies and practices of US Federal government agencies. This journal documents in vivid terms the transition from a print- to a digital-publishing environment. The contributions focus on barriers to citizen access to public information in the United States. Examples include publishing the series "Less Access to Information By and About the U.S. Government" an American Library Association Washington Office publication produced twice yearly between 1981 and 1998, many of the issues of which were printed in the pages of DttP.