The Geological Atlas of the United States issued by the U.S. Geological Survey from 1894 to 1945 has gone digital! These are geological surveys of different areas of the country and are a snapshot in time of what early America looked like. And! You can overlay Google Maps on top of the images. http://repository.tamu.edu/handle/1969.1/2490
The U.S.D.A. has uploaded a scanned copy of “This Is Ann,” a WWII pamphlet on how to avoid contracting malaria. What’s interesting about the pamphlet is that it was illustrated by Dr. Seuss and written by Munro Leaf (author of “Ferdinand the Bull”). http://www.sel.barc.usda.gov/Diptera/ann0.htm
Tired of listening to muzak while you wait on the phone? That’s how workers at the U.S. Census Bureau felt. So, the Bureau recorded facts gleaned from census information and that’s what you hear when you wait on hold when you call the Census Bureau. The facts are part of the Profile America series. Phone number (dedicated line to just hearing the Profile America series): 301-763-2222. Original NY Times article: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/please-put-me-on-hold/?scp=6&sq=census%202010&st=cse. Profile America http://www.census.gov/multimedia/www/radio/profile_america/
Earthquakes seem to be in the news almost every day. One of the better resources to check on earthquakes is the website developed by the U.S. Geological Survey. Just click on the maps to see earthquake data or use sign up for the RSS Feed to get real-time earthquake info. That New Madrid fault looks to be a little too active, if you ask me. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/
This has been an update on the fascinating world of government documents publications from your friendly government documents librarian.