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Toepel, M. G.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1962

Toepel, M. G.; Theobald, H. Rupert
Introduction,   pp. [xi]-xii PDF (519.1 KB)

Page [xi]

A FTER THE 1937 edition of the Blue Book had been is-
    sued, the decision was made to publish subsequent issues
in the even years beginning in 1940. There was a two-fold
purpose in making this change. In the first place, it enabled
the editors to prepare the materials in the period when the
pressure of work was less because the Legislature had ad-
journed. In the second place, it made it possible to incorporate
the changes effected by the most recent legislation.
   Unfortunately, the prolonged legislative sessions of 1959
and 1961 have kept such heavy pressure on the agency charged
with editing the volume that the available time for work on
the book has been greatly reduced. In addition, the possibili-
ty of legislative action has made it difficult to finalize some
of the information which the Blue Book should contain. At
best there is an interval of months between the submission of
final copy and the availability of the finished product.
   From time to time it is suggested that the Blue Book is not
 current, that it contains the data on public officials who may
 be out of office 6 months after the volume is released, and that
 various compilations do not contain the most recent year's
 information. Every effort is made, within the framework in
 which the volume is produced, to provide the most current
 information; but serious limitations are encountered in gather-
 ing data from scores of sources.
   Because of the centennial commemoration of the Civil War,
 the editors have sought to place some emphasis upon the mili-
 tary establishment of the state. The main article seeks to
 highlight some of the significant aspects of the organization
 and functions performed within the state related to the mili-
 tary. The frontispiece depicts one of Wisconsin's great war
 symbols, "Old Abe". The divider pages call attention to some
 of the monuments erected to commemorate the Civil War.

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