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FEBRUARY 26, 1931.-Ordered to be printed

DISPOSITION OF USELESS PAPERS IN INTERIOR

DEPARTMENT

REPORT

Mr. WASON, from the Joint Committee on Disposition of Useless Executive Papers, submitted the following

USELESS PAPERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

The Joint Select Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives, appointed on the part of the Senate and on the part of the House of Representatives, to which are referred the reports of the heads of departments, bureaus, etc., in respect to the accumulation therein of old and useless files of papers which are not needed or useful in the transaction of the current business therein, respectively, and have no permanent value or historical interest, with accompanying statements of the condition and character of such papers, respectfully report to the Senate and House of Representatives, pursuant to an act entitled "An act to authorize and provide for the disposition of useless papers in the executive departments," approved February 16, 1889, as follows:

Your committee have met and, by a subcommittee appointed by your committee, carefully and fully examined the said reports so referred to your committee and the statements of the condition and the character of such files and papers therein described, and we find and report that the files and papers described in the report of the Department of the Interior to the Seventy-first Congress, third session, dated December 1, 1930, are not needed in the transaction of the current business of such department and bureaus and have no permanent value or historical interest..

We recommend that, as required by law, the Department of the Interior sell as waste paper or otherwise dispose of such files of papers upon the best obtainable terms after due publication of notice inviting proposals therefor, and receive and pay the proceeds thereof into

the Treasury of the United States, and make report thereof to Congress.

Respectfully submitted to the Senate and House of Representatives.
EDWARD H. WASON,
R. A. GREEN,

Members on the part of the House.
GERALD P. NYE,
KEY PITTMAN,

Members on the part of the Senate.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
Washington, December 1, 1930.

The SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

SIR: Pursuant to the provisions of the act of Congress entitled "An act to authorize and provide for the disposition of useless papers in the executive departments," approved February 16, 1889 (25 Stat. 672), as amended by the act approved March 2, 1895 (28 Stat. 933), I have the honor to report that there is in this department an accumulation of documents and files of papers which are not needed or useful in the transaction of the current business of the department and have no permanent value or historical interest, as shown by the statements submitted herewith. These papers have been reported by the following bureaus and offices:

Office of the secretary; division of appointments, mails and files; publications division and traffic division; General Land Office; Geological Survey; Bureau of Reclamation; Office of Indian Affairs; National Park Service; Office of Education. and St. Elizabeths Hospital.

The accompanying lists have been presented to the Librarian of Congress, in accordance with the Executive order of March 16, 1912, who reports that the papers as listed do not appear to have historical value. It is therefore recom-, mended that authority be granted for the disposition of the papers mentioned." A similar letter has been addressed to the President of the Senate.

Respectfully,

RAY LYMAN WILBUR, Secretary.

DIVISION OF APPOINTMENTS, MAILS AND FILES

List of papers in rooms 1224 and 1226, Interior Building.

Extra copies of mid-month pay rolls of the bureaus of the department covering the period July 1, 1927, to June 15, 1929.

Extra copies of mid-month pay rolls of the Bureau of Pensions covering the period July 1, 1927, to June 15, 1928.

Budget cards for 1928, including the Office of the Secretary, the Office of the Solicitor, the General Land Office, Bureau of Reclamation, National Parks, Indian Office, and Education.

Time reports for 1927, including the Alaska Railroad, National Parks, Education, Reclamation, General Land Office, Indian Office, Geological Survey, and office of the Secretary and Solicitor.

Leave cards for 1927, including the Reclamation Bureau, National Parks, Indian Office, General Land Office, Geological Survey and offices of the Secretary and Solicitor, and Bureau of Education.

W. H. REICHARD.

SEPTEMBER 17, 1930.

SEPTEMBER 9, 1930.

PUBLICATIONS DIVISION

Thirty-one packages, duplicating requisitions, Nos. 18831, November, 1927, to 24540, June, 1928.

C. F. GLASS, Chief, Division of Publications.

TRAFFIC DIVISION

All general correspondence in the investigation and adjustment of carriers' claims for service, prior to January 1, 1926, including bill numbers 48833 to 51843, inclusive. (Three drawers.)

All correspondence requesting tariffs, rates, divisions, etc., also letters pertaining to the solicitation of Government shipments by carriers, prior to January 1, 1926. (One drawer.)

All reports of contractors' shipments and all papers in claims paid by the carriers on contractors' shipments, prior to January 1, 1926. (Three-fourths drawer.)

All schedules of bills forwarded to the General Accounting Office for direct settlement, prior to January 1, 1921. (Three-fourths drawer.)

C. E. HARRIS.

SEPTEMBER 16, 1930.

GENERAL LAND OFFICE

Washington office: Receipts for patents transmitted during the year 1926; lists of letters received in the Patent Division during the year 1927; requests for photostat copies of official records (Form 1-681) addressed to division of publications prior to January 1, 1930.

Office of chief of field division, Anchorage, Alaska: 1 office copy report Indian allotment, 1922; 2 office copies reports on official conduct, 1920-1924; 14 office copies reports on trade and manufacturing sites, 1919-1925; 149 office copies reports on mineral applications, 1918-1925; 105 office copies reports on timber trespass, 1913-1925; 55 office copies reports on school sections, 1922-1927; 38 office copies reports on coal applications, 1919-1923; 734 office copies reports on oil-permit applications, 1922–1925; 366 office copies reports on homestead entries, 1915-1928; 177 office copies reports on timber applications, 1915-1929. HERMAN C. GAUSS, Chief Clerk.

NOVEMBER 24, 1930.

File No. 010.11. 010.2.

GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

Seventeen file drawers of old correspondence dated 1927-1930, consisting of 200 transit traverse books, Form S-929; 200 level books, Form 9-903a; correspondence between applicants and Topographic Branch; 800 letters from temporary file, requests for publications, information, temporary positions, etc., from Geologic Branch; 1,800 letters from permanent files, sending samples of rock, etc., for identification and replies thereto, distribution section; and correspondence from various sections requesting maps, addresses of employees, etc., all of which has been answered and is no longer useful.

JOHN J. MADIGAN, Chief Clerk.

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION, WASHINGTON OFFICE

50 letters re transfer of surplus equipment of other departments, 1927. 50 letters re transfer of ordnance property, War Department, through 1926.

010.3.

50 letters re office equipment and supplies, 1928.

010.302. 010.303.

50 letters re requisitions for supplies, through 1928.

50 letters re purchase and exchange of typewriters, 1927. 010.305. 75 letters re purchase of adding machines, etc., through 1927. 010.4.

50 letters re purchase of engineering instruments and equipment, through 1927.

010.41.

010.42.
010.5.

25 letters re current meters and measuring devices, through 1928.
25 letters re surveying instruments and equipment, through 1928.
50 letters re annual inventory of equipment, etc., through 1927.
100 letters re purchases, general, through 1928.

013.
013.02.
013.04.
013.042.

50 letters re discounts on purchases, 1928.
200 letters re purchase of books, etc., 1928.

75 letters, inventories of books, through 1928.
013.043. 50 letters, requests for copies of land decisions, through 1928.

File No.

013.044. 013.045. 013.06. 013.064. 013.11.

016.4.

020.1.

021.1.

021.2.

021.5.

021.54.

022.01.

022.03.

022.04.

022.07.

022.1.

022.11.

022.12.

022.22.

022.221.

014. and subs. 500 letters re forms, 1926 and 1927. 016.3.

040.13. 090. 090.R

105.1.

105.11.

25 letters, purchase of technical books, through 1928.
25 letters re loans of books from Congressional Library, 1928.
150 letters re purchase of motor-driven vehicles, through 1927.
25 letters re purchase of tires and tubes, through 1927.
200 letters re purchase of oils, etc., 1927 and 1928.

113.5. 118.21.

151.02.

152.2. 153.

25 letters, funds for printing and binding, 1928.

25 letters re quarterly reports on field printing, 1926 and 1927.
25 letters re distribution of publications, 1927.

75 letters re advertising, through 1927.

25 letters re lectures and speeches, 1928.

200 letters re photography and motion pictures, 1929.

300 letters re loan of slides and films, 1928.

150 letters, economic report by Alvin Johnson, through 1929.

50 letters, miscellaneous subjects, 1928.

350 letters, requests for information, Colorado River, Columbia Basin, and Rio Grande projects, 1929.

100 letters re mailing lists, through 1928.

090.02.
090.021. 150 letters, mailing lists, Reclamation Era, 1928.
090.022. 25 letters, mailing lists, circular letters, 1928.
090.023. 25 letters, mailing lists for advertisements, 1928.
090.05.
090.07.
090.08.

090.13.

090.14. 092.1.

092.31.

75 letters re requests by employees for publications, 1929.
25 letters re requests for State publications, through 1928.
75 letters re requests for copies Federal reclamation laws, 1928 and 1929.

100 letters requests for copies Dams and Control Works, 1929.

50 letters re articles by employees for publication, 1926 and 1927.
50 letters, articles for publícation in almanacs, etc., 1928.

25 letters, data for use in speeches, etc., 1928.

25 letters, articles for publication in Reclamation Era, 1927 and 1928. 100 letters, articles by employees for publication in Reclamation Era, 1926 and 1927.

50 letters of introduction and itineraries for visitors, 1928.
25 letters, administration of estates, deceased employees, 1928.
25 letters re vessels owned by United States, through 1928.
25 letters, subscription lists, etc., through 1928.

75 letters re address of officials of irrigation districts, 1928.
200 letters, requests for copies of maps, 1928 and 1929.

25 letters, minutes of meetings, Board of Survey and Maps, 1928 and
1929.

105.111.

300 letters re crop reports, 1928.

105.211. 50 letters re secretary's inspection trips, 1924-1928.

105.24.

105.4.

111.

113.11.

113.14.

200 letters, tracers for letters submitted to department for signature, through 1929.

113.2.

25 letters re use of telegraph, 1928.

113.21. 25 letters re telegraph code, 1927 and 1928.
113.23. 25 letters re cost of telegraph service, 1928.
113.32. 25 letters re changes in telephone directory, 1929.
113.43. 25 letters re destruction of useless correspondence, 1928.

113.45.

100 letters, twenty-seventh Annual Report, 1928.

50 letters, operating and maintenance reports and project histories, 1928.

300 letters re inspection trips by Washington office officials, 1926 and

1927.

25 letters, summary of construction results and equipment, 1926 and 1927.

150 letters re Reclamation Manual, 1927 and 1928.

75 letters re mails, through 1928.

routes.)

(Establishment of post offices and

25 letters re assignment of mail for signature in office of the Secretary, 1928 and 1929.

400 letters requesting copies of reclamation filing system, through 1929. (Separate folder.) 100 drafts of Washington office circulars, 1926 and 1927.

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25 letters, reports on use of mileage tickets, 1927-1928.

75 letters, special travel orders, through 1928.

75 letters re use of transportation requests, 1928.

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