Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L. (ed.) / The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1960
Toepel, M. G.; Kuehn, Hazel L.
Introduction, pp. [xi]-xii PDF (642.9 KB)
Introduetion HE INTRODUCTION to the 1958 edition of the Wis- consin Blue Book contained a recital of the evolution of this publication which has been issued under that title since 1878. While the general outline of the Blue Book has been fairly stable for many years, its preparation is by no means a routine task because of the constant changes in the govern- mental process in Wisconsin. Departments rise and fall; functions are created and abolished; staff is hired and re- leased. Were the Blue Book a picture of Wisconsin state government on January 1 of even years when copy is to be in the printer's hands, it would begin to be out of date on January 2. Not only is state government stable for but a moment, but its evolution lags behind the authority to make change. An agency created by law today may not become a full-blown entity for some time. Its components may unfold at a barely perceptible rate. Its objectives may be translated into a working program only after a period of exploration. Appoint- ments may be held in abeyance; bills which affect the or- ganization and operation of state government may require months to become effective after approval by both houses of the legislature. Thus the editors of the Blue Book are confronted perpetually with the problems of accuracy and of currency. Accuracy is an attainable goal; currency is not. The lag between the submission of the copy and the date of publication precludes the inclusion of the most recent changes. For some years the editors have sought to bring together each biennium the data on a significant segment of state government in a comprehensive main article. The 1960 edi- tion of the Blue Book follows this trend with an article in- corporating a biographical sketch of each of the 34 men who held the office of Governor between 1848 and 1958. Each sketch is accompanied by a photograph of what is, or is purported to be, the official portrait of the Governor involved except in the case of Acting Governor MacArthur of whom no portrait exists. It is hoped that these highlights in the
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