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BULLETIN


Vol. 31, No. 36


September 8, 1972


EARLY RARE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES
OF CAPITOL, WHITE HOUSE ACQUIRED
The earliest known photographic images of the
Capitol and the White House are among six daguerre-
otypes just acquired by the Library of Congress. In
superb condition, these unique pictures show the
Capitol with the dome designed by Bulfinch after the
War of 1812 and before the construction of the pre-
sent, high cast iron dome, and the White House be-
fore the office wings were built. The other daguerreo-
types show the Patent Office-now the National
Portrait Gallery-before the additions along 7th
Street and 9th Street, two views of the General Post
Office Building (now the Tariff Commission), and the
Battle Monument in Baltimore.
The rarity and uniqueness of these daguerreotypes
result from the fact that no negative is used in this
direct positive technique, so multiple prints could not
be made. Instead the image was created directly on a
polished metal plate, and is viewed by reflecting light
off the shiny silver surface. Normally, the image of a
daguerreotype is reversed, owin; to the absence of a
negative/positive process, but in the six plates just
acquired the photographer evidently used a reversing
prism so the buildings appear to the viewer in their
correct orientation and signs read correctly.
Preliminary investigation indicates that these da-
guerreotypes were probably taken by John Plumbe,
Jr., a well-known and enterprising daguerreotypist
whose Washington studio was part of his national


chain of galleries. The daguerreotype of the Capitol
Building was reproduced by Plumbe himself in a lith-
ographic print (which he called a "Plumbeotype"),
and was published around 1846. The other pictures
probably date from the same year. A few identifiable
business establishments are depicted around the Post
Office, and in one view overhead wires-possible from
Morse's telegraph office-can be discerned.
Continued on p. 403, col. I

PDF PROJECT OPERATIONAL
The Personnel Data File (PDF) Project, which was
reported in the LC Information Bulletin last winter
(January 27, p. 39] is now an operational system
Effective this month, the automated files will assist
the Library to identify individual qualifications and
experience, to develop training programs, and to
determine promotion potential for individual employ-
ees. PDF will provide quicker and easier access to
employee data for official use, and will assist the Per-
sonnel Operations Office in the processing of person-
nel actions and maintenance of the position control
file.
Once each year, a printout of the current file will
be forwarded to all employees, providing them with
an opportunity to review, update, or correct the-
information on their records. In the near future, LC
employees will receive the first printout containing
Continued on p. 404, col. 1


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Bermiudin Pr'ntcd In LC 403-404
I rencb Jurnst Visi LC 402
Lihrary AL-quir4)l 1 agquerreolype.... .. 401,403
New I ces Planted on LC Grounds .. ..... 404
News in the Librar. World .......... 406
PI)I Project Operational .. 401. 404
Progre'% Report on Braille Music Project .. 406
iaf3l News .......... 40404-405
Stjauiiisu Show More ,omen in
Higher Grades at Librar. .......... 402



STATISTICS SHOW MORE WOMEN
IN HIGHER GRADES AT LIBRARY

The Civil Service Commission released on August
21 statistics to show the increase, between October
1970 and October 1971, in the number of women
in better paying jobs in the Federal Government. A
comparison of the 1971 statistics with statistics of
women in the Library of Congress on the same


GS

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Above 18

Totals


LC
Total


40
171
373
504
320
464
104
412
30
410
316
196
105
71
32
22
5
3

3.578


LC
Men


17
89
110
224
113
209
41
191
16
195
168
133
80
60
31
20
4
3

1,704


FRENCH JURIST VISITS LC

The Dean of the Law School, University of
Aix Marseilles. France, Charles Debbasch. visited the
European Law Division of the Law Library, on
August 24, accompanied by a U.S. Department of
State Escort-Interpreter.
Dr. Debbasch was especially interested in the rich
collection of French legal works in the custody of
the division. A prolific writer, he was pleased to
find that all of his books, most of which deal with
law and political science, are in the Library's
collections.


date. however, indicates that the rest of the Federal
Government has a long way to go before it ap-
proaches the Library of Congress as an employer of
women. In Grades 6 and above, the Library shows a
higher proportion of women at almost every grade for
positions up to and including Grade 18: the figures
for Executive level positions in the Government as a
whole, 1.8 percent, reflect the few women who are
heads of agencies.


LC
Women


23
82
263
280
207
255
63
221
14
215
148
63
25
11

1
I
0

1.874


LC %
Women


57.5
47.9
70.5
55.5
64.6
54.9
60.5
53.6
46 6
52.4
46.8
32.1
23.8
15.4
3.1
9.0
20.0
0

52.3


Gov't "'
Women

71 3
71.3
77.7
74.3
68 1
62.5
43.7
38.0
27.9
16.3
13.3
77
4.6
3.8
2.5
3.7
1 .1
1.0
1.8

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October 1971


CONTENTS









September 8. 1972


Although a later compilation for the Federal
Government is not yet available, the Library of Con-


May 1972


GS

1

3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
1 1
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Above 18

Totals


LC
Total

1
25
172
3Q8
531
316
510
105
423
34
435
355
201
129
70
30
21
4
3

3,763


gress has compiled statistics as of May 1972:


LC
Men

1
10
93
131
216
114
233
37
196
16
215
180
135
99
60
30
20
3
3

1,792


The Civil Service Commission plans to publish some
time in the future a report showing Federal employ-
ment of women by agencies, occupational groups,


EARLY RARE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES
OF CAPITOL, WHITE HOUSE ACQUIRED
Continued from p. 401

These extraordinary daguerreotypes were dis-
covered in a flea market in the San Francisco area by
Michael Kessler. a Los Angeles collector of early
photographic equipment, and first came to the Li-
brary's attention when Mr. Kessler sent photographic
copies of them to the Prints and Photographs Division
for identification. It is intriguing to know that Mr.
Plumbe sold his Washington gallery and moved to San
Francisco around 1850, even though no direct con-
nection between Plumbe and more recent owners of
the plates has yet been established. This is just one of
the many lines of investigation now being followed
by the Library's photographic historians, their
findings will be presented in the near future in exhibi-


LC
Women

0
15
79
267
315
202
277
68
227
18
220
175
66
30
10
0
1
1
0

1,971


LIC%
Women

0
60.0
45.9
67.0
59.3
63.9
54.3
64.7
53.6
52.9
50.5
49.2
32.8
23.2
14.2
0
4.7
25.0
0

52.3


and GS (and equivalent) grade levels for 1971 com-
pared with 1970.


tions and publications, utilizing this remarkable
material.
The daguerreotypes themselves may now be
examined in the Prints and Photographs Division.
Photographic copies are available for purchase from
the Library's Photoduplication Service.


THE BERMUDIAN PRESENTED TO LC

Through the generosity of the Onandaga Historical
Association and its president, Richard N. Wright, the
Library has received on microfilm a fragmentary file
comprising scattered issues for the year 1822, and
also the issue for August 8, 1821, of the St. George,
Bermuda weekly newspaper. The Bermudian: A
Commerical, Political, and L literary Journal.
The contents of the paper, using the motto "We


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shall conceal nothing we shall exaggerate nothing."
attributed to Jeremy Bentham. consist of advertise-
ments and other notices typical of the period, local
news. letters to the editor, poetry and literary miscel-
lany and summaries of dispatches from English and
American (U.S.) newspapers. Events recounted
include proceedings in the English Parliament, the
U.S. Congress. and the Virginia legislature, military
and naval movements, and shipping news.
The Bermudian is available for use in the News-
paper and Current Periodical Room.


NEW TREES PLANTED ON LC GROUNDS

The beauty of the Library's grounds has always
been a source of pride for the staff members of the
Buildings Management Office who see to it that the
lawns, trees, and shrubs receive the best of care and
who, from time to time, plant new and unusual trees
and shrubs.
During the past year the gardeners have set out
taxus and Japanese dwarf holly on the south side of
the Main Building, 10 white dogwood trees on the
north side, and Chinese and Japanese hollies around
the new parking areas. The new additions raise the
total of evergreen and deciduous trees on the Library
grounds to 78. There are as many as 30 different
kinds of trees, some of the oldest, over 60 years old,
being the hackberry, honey locust, evergreen
magnolia, and Japanese cherry.
The trees are purchased with funds from the Li-
brary of Congress Gardener's Budget at several nurs-
eries located in different eastern seaboard States and
from the Poplar Point Nursery operated by the Land-
scape Architect in the Office of the Architect of the
Capitol.
Pruning. spraying, and feeding the ornamental
plantings keep the gardeners busy. They also have to
combat the usual gardening problems-insects,
disease, and storms-and. especially in recent years,
the growing threat of polluted air.


PDF PROJECT OPERATIONAL
Continued from p. 401

their personal, educational, and employment history
as it appears in their personnel files or as they re-
ported it to the PDF Project. The current personnel
status of all employees will also be shown on the
printout.


Any subsequent changes in personnel status or the
completion of a training course coordinated by the
Library's Training Office will be updated automati-
cally in the file Employees are also asked to inform
the Personnel Operations Office of any other changes
in personnel data such as additional education,
marital status, address, and telephone number, in
order to keep this information current.


STAFF NEWS

STAFF DEATH
John L. (Skip) Hardesty, Supervisory Librarian in
the Serial Record Division. died on August 22 after a
short illness.
A native Washingtonian. Mr. Hardesty came to the
Library of Congress in January 1943 as a Deck
Attendant in the Periodicals Division. After a tour of
duty with the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946, he
served in progressively responsible positions in the
Serial Division and the Union Catalog Division. In
December 1969, he was appointed to the position he
held at the time of his death.
Among the survivors are his wife. May Lorraine. six
children, and a brother. Patrick. who is Head of the
Receiving and Routing Section in the Exchange and
Gift Division. Graveside services were held at Wash-
ington National Cemetery on August 24.
Mr. Hardesty acquired a vast store of knowledge
and many friends in a career which began early, at age
16, and ended too soon, at 46.
STAFF ACTIVITIES
John B. Kuiper, Head of the Motion Picture Sec-
tion of the Prints and Photographs Division. has been
re-elected a Vice President of the International
Federation of Film Archives. The Federation whose
aim is to foster exchange of information about
motion picture archive work maintains a secretariat
in Brussels, holds an annual international congress
devoted to topics and papers on film and television
conservation and history, and supports the work of
several specialized commissions which study and
publish materials on film cataloging, documentation,
and preservation. The Federation is composed of 48
archives and cinematheques in 38 countries.
PERSONNEL CHANGES
Effective this month. Robert B. Lane. Field Direc-
tor of the Library's PL-480 office in Karachi, will also
serve as Acting Field Director of the Library's PL-480
office in Cairo.


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He relieves Alvin Moore, Jr., Field Director of the
Library's NPAC office in Nairobi, who has shouldered
dual responsibilities in Cairo and Nairobi since 1969.
Mr. Moore will now devote his full time to the
numerous countries and territories comprising eastern
Africa.
Mr. Lane expects to visit the Cairo office once a
month, as Mr. Moore has for the past three years.

Merwin C. Phelps has been promoted to Chief of
the Library Services Division of the Congressional
Research Service. He had been serving as Acting Chief
since his predecessor, Norman A. Pierce, assumed the
duties of Chief of the Congressional Reference Divi-
sion.,
A native of Manton, Mich., Mr. Phelps entered the
University of Michigan in 1941. His schooling was
interrupted in 1943 when he was inducted into the
Army and served with the infantry in France and
Germany during World War II. After his discharge in
1946, Mr. Phelps returned to the University of
Michigan where he earned B.A. (1948), M.S. in politi-
cal science (1949), and M.L.S. (1951) degrees. The
recipient of an Edwin Conely Fellowship. Mr. Phelps
worked as a student assistant in the University Li-
brary and the Political Science Department during his
undergraduate and graduate years.
Mr. Phelps came to the Library of Congress in 1951
as a Special Recruit and a year later was appointed a
Classifier in the Library Services Division of the then
Legislative Reference Service. In 1953 he was pro-
moted to Bibliographer in Political Science in the
Subject Specialization Section and later that year was
named Head of that Section. In 1962 he was named
Assistant Chief of the Library Services Division and
Service Librarian. Mr. Phelps earned Outstanding Per-
formance Ratings in 1954, 1956, and 1958, and in
1960 he received a Meritorious Service Award. In
February 1969 he received a 20-year Federal Service
Award. [See LC Information Bulletin of February 27,
1969, pp. 123-124.]
Mr. Phelps' activities outside the Library have
focused on the Davies Memorial Unitarian Church in
Camp Springs, Md., where he has served as a Board
Member and in church music programs.

Appointments: Arthur G. Anderson, librarian, GS-9, Share
Cat, 2602; Janice E. Baker, research assistant, GS-7. CRS S,
2990; Beulah L. Barr, wrapping clerk, WG-4, Card, 2809;
Daniele M. Beauchamp, library technician, GS-5, Cat Publ
4043; Daniel E. Bethea, production assistant arranger. GS-3,
Cat Pubi. 6-500; Frances A. Bowers, accounts maintenance


clerk, GS-4. Cop Serv, 2912. David P Bowrr-, librT;-
technician. GS-5 Cat Puhl. 4043; Mar, L. Bowman, janitor.
WG-I, Bldgs. 12-100. Eugene M. Burnughs. clerk, GS-3,
DBPH, 4062; Penelope L. Chambers. publications clerk.
GS-3, Cop Cat, 4046; Gloria J. Clemons, clerk-typist. GS-2,
GR&B, 7-600; Susan F. Darvas. descriptive cataloger, GS-9,
Desc Cat. 2938; Valerie E. Denney clerk typist, GS4, Loan,
4036; Paula Ann Houghton. card punch operator, GS-5, ISO,
2840, Sandra Merle Lagrone, editorial clerk. GS-4. Desc Cat,
4044; Michael S. Nordberg, card drawing clerk GS-3, Card.
2932; Tyvise J. T. Queen, processing assistant, GS-3, Desc
Cat. 4047; Paul C. Quinn, mail clerk GS-4, CS, 2986, S.
Lester Ungerleider. senior programmer. GS-12, MARC Dev,
2905; Emily White Zehmer. descriptive cataloger. GS-9, Desc
Cat, 407 2.

Temporary Appointments: Robert M. Coffelt, assistant to
the bookroom attendant. GS4, Loan, NP; Stephen P. Dwyer,
clerk, GS-3. CRS D, 2991; Sundari T. Prahasto, clerk-typist,
GS-3, Loan, NP.

Reappointments: Alexander M. Dolgun, expert, GS-13,
FRD, NP; Josephine H. Gross, library technician, GS-5, Cat
Publ, 4043; Johanna B. Swart, descriptive cataloger, GS-9,
Desc Cat, 4071.

Promotions: Emma J. Bourne, to librarian, GS-11, Ser Rec
4048; Martha E. Hatfalvi. to librarian, GS-I 1, Ser Rec, 4048;
Gwendolyn A. Hoppe, to loan reference specialist, GS-11,
Loan, 2968; Otis R. McClees, to library technician, GS-5,
Cop Serv, 2980.
Transfers: Brenda L. Helms. Cop Serv, to correspondence
clerk. GS-3, Cop Exam, 5-200; Harold Moore, CS, to pro-
cessor trainee, GS4, Ser, 2554; Joseph Jacques Schwarz,
CRS L, to reference librarian, GS-9, CRS C, NP; Willie
Swinson, Jr., LL AB, to processor trainee, GS-4, Ser, 2554 &
2843; Robert G. Wheeler, LL O, to reading room assistant,
loose leaf services, GS-4, LL AB, NP.
Resignations: Daniel P. Beard, CRS EP; Claude A. Craw-
ford, PMO; Sharon Edwards, Cop Serv; Patricia B. Hall, CRS
GGR; Taffye M. Hazel, Subi Cat. Johnny C. Huff, DBPH,
Kathleen J. Kruger, Share Cat; Emogene F. Lawson, Preserv;
Michael E. Lestz, FRD; James McNeal. Cat Mgmt; Iris
Lorraine Mitchell, Cat Publ; D. G. O'Meara, Jr., FRD: Karl
Rudder. Photodup; Kathleen Van Tiem, CRS C.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dodson are the parents of a
son, Eric Jay, born August 22 at George Washington
University Hospital. Mr. Dodson is a member of the
Filing staff of the Catalog Management Division.


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FIRST YEAR'S WORK ON COMPUTER-
ASSISTED BRAILLE MUSIC ENDED

The completion in May of a year of work on a
system of computer-assisted braille music production
has resulted in the realization of the project's first-
yeai goal the capability to emboss some simple
music titles by computer. Three titles, which involve
studies and exercises for single instruments, have been
brailled experimentally and represent music which
has been categorized at the first or beginning level of
complexity from the standpoint of computer pro-
cessing.
The American Printing House for the Blind, which
developed the system under contract with the Library
and in close liaison with the Division for the Blind
and Physically Handicapped, predicts that by the end
of the second year it will be possible to produce
music at the second and third levels of difficulty.
involving two or more instruments and band parts.
The experience of the first year of programming led
to the conclusion that it will take two or three years
to complete the project. Congress has appropriated
funds to continue the second phase of the work
through fiscal year 1'73, and the contract with the
American Printing House for the Blind for this phase
was let in June
The computer project was conceived two years ago
when it became apparent that a shortage of skilled
transcribers needed to translate music manually into
braille could result in a possible cessation of produc-
tion of press braille music. Subsequently, the Library
received a grant of $25,000 from the Kulas Founda-
tion of Cleveland. Ohio (see the LC Information
Bulletin for January 14. 1971. pp. 22-23], to under-
write the cost of the first year of work on the project.
and in May 1971. the American Printing House for
the Blind began studies of the equipment and person-
nel needed for computer-assisted braille music pro-
duction.

CORRECTION

The story in last week's LC Information Bulletin on
the Senate ratification of the Universal Copyright
Convention (p. 393. col. 2) should have read the
"new text specifically enumerates certain basic rights
of authors ..." and not the "next text ...."


NEWS IN THE LIBRARY WORLD

Local Chapter of SLA To Meet September 14
The D.C. Chapter of the Special Libraries Associa-
tion will hold its first fall meeting on September 14 at
the Embassy Rosslyn Hotel, 1500 Wilson Blvd.,
Arlington. A social hour will cash bar will begin at 6
p.m. Dinner and a program featuring several new
directors from local libraries and the information
field will begin at 7 p.m. The cost is 56.75.
Reservations may be made by contacting the Hospi-
tality Chairman Elaine Kurtz, U.S. Book Exchange,
LA9-2555. Checks may be mailed to her home, 6640
Adrian St.. New Carrollton, Md. Parking will be avail-
able in the hotel basement for 51.50.

California Group Plans Acquisitions lantitute
"Acquisitions Explored" will be the subject of the
Library Institutes Planning Committee's fifth annual
institute, to be held October 27-28 in Palo Alto,
Calif. Featured speaker will be Daniel Melcher,
former R. R. Bowker Co. President and author of the
book, Melcher on Acquisitions (American Library
Association, 1971). The program will include panels
and small discussion groups. Registration is $20.
Further information may be obtained from Joseph E.
Ryus, 2858 Oxford Ave., Richmond Calif. 94806.
The Library Institutes Planning Committee is a
non-profit organization composed of eight librarians
from county, special, State, and university libraries in
northern California.

Ethel Crockett Named California State IArnria
Mrs. Ethel S. Crockett has been appointed Califor-
nia State Librarian, replacing Carma Leigh who
retired recently after serving 21 years. Mrs Crockett,
a graduate of Vassar College, received her master's
degree in librarianship at San Jose State College, and
has been Director of Library Services of City College
of San Francisco since 1968. Before taking the San
Francisco post, she was Librarian at San Joae City
College. She is a member of the American Library
Association, California Library Association, Califor-
nia Association of School Librarians, Special Libraries
Association, the Book Club of California, and -the
Commonwealth Club of California.




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