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October/November 2010 Lost Docs Report and Appeal


Note from Daniel: My apologies for missing a report last month. I was carried away by National Novel Writing Month. I’m back on the job with some pretty positive news for October and November postings to the Lost Docs Blog

Before we jump into statistics, we need to announce a new category called “pending.” “Pending” means that that report forwarded to us includes a statement by GPO that they are in the process of either adding an item to the Catalog of Government Publications (CGP) and/or adding it to the FDLP. The category of “pending” is being given to documents posted in November 2010 and later. Items with status of “pending” will be changed to “found” when we become aware of a publicly accessible record in the CGP.

The best news we have for you from two months of light posting (October – 15, November – 11) is that the number of “found” items is going up – 9 records from (presumably) lost docs reports in October and another 4 records created from (presumably) lost docs reports in November. See these records for yourself at and looking at the postings with October and November 2010 dates. We are appreciative of these new records and note that the time for public cataloging of reported materials appears to be decreasing.

From October, six items remain listed as “fugitive documents”, with one item being for an electronic copy that does have a record for the physical item.

From November, no item reported remains classed as a “fugitive document.” Seven items are classed as “pending”, acknowledged as in scope by GPO but without a publicly accessible record in the CGP. You can view these items and looking at the postings with October 2010 dates.

Please remember that our listing of “fugitive documents” reports is only as complete as you make it, since GPO does not yet publish any statistics we’re aware of on fugitive documents/document discovery.


If you like the concept of a public listing of fugitive documents reported to GPO, there are a number of easy ways to help us:

  1. If you report a fugitive document to GPO, send your e-mailed receipt to We welcome any item reported to GPO in the past month. It is best if you can send us the receipt the same day you get it from GPO. Some e-mail programs will support auto-forwarding. If so, please consider autoforwarding items where the subject contains “lostdocs submission.”
  2. Visit the blog at and comment on the listed items. Comments can include — Did your library receive the item? Did you find it in the CGP? Do you think the item is out of scope for the CGP? Did you report the item as well and so on.
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