SuDocs

Superintendent of Documents Classification System

The Superintendent of Documents classification system (SuDocs) was established in approximately 1900. The SuDocs classification system is an alphabetical-numerical system whereby materials are arranged according to their origin; materials are grouped together according to which department, bureau, agency or office issued the document. This means that materials are not grouped together according to subject. One difficulty with this system of arrangement is that it lies at the mercy of government reorganizations; publications of a governmental entity can and will be classed in various locations.

The Superintendent of Documents Classification system is a hierarchical system wherein material is arranged first by the parent agency and then by sub agencies. The system is quite logical and easy to use once its essentials are grasped. Each full notation reveals the issuing agency and its place in the hierarchical structure of the Federal Government. This classification scheme does not reveal the author in the sense of revealing the person or group responsible for the content of the document.

Each executive department and agency, the Judiciary, the Congress, and other major independent federal offices and/or divisions are assigned a letter in the classification scheme based upon the the name of the agency or department. For example, 'Ju' designates the Judiciary and 'L' designates Labor. Subordinate groupings are designated by a number. For example, 'JU 6' designates the United States Supreme Court while 'L 28' designates the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board.

Agency/Title

Agriculture
CFR
Civil Aeronautics Board
Congressional Hearings
Congressional Record
Energy
Federal Labor Relations
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Register
Federal Reserve Board
Federal Trade Commission
Housing & Urban Development
Internal Revenue Service
Interstate Commerce Commission
Justice Department
Judiciary
Labor, Department of
National Labor Relations Board
President
Securities
Sentencing Commission
Serial Set
State, Department of
Treasury, Department of
Treaties
A1.1:
AE2.106/3:
CAB1:
Y4.
X.
E2.17:
Y3.F31/
CC1.12/
AE2.106:
FR1.3:
FT1.11:
HH1.23/3:
T22.35/2:
ICI.6:
J28.25/3:
JU11.7:
L2.6:
LR1.8:
PR41.8:
SE1.11:
Y3.Se5:
Y1.1/2
S1.3:
T1.1/4:
S9.11: