Bibliography of Scientific and Industrial Reports
Bibliography of Scientific and Industrial Reports

An Online Resource

Prepared for the web by

Robert L. Bolin
David Arredondo

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE


University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-4100
Robert L. Bolin  Voice: (402) 472-4418 | Email:

   Version 6.01x, Revised, 20 August 2013


BSIR is a federal government document in the public domain. No copyright is claimed for this website or any of its contents. The basic XML file is available at NoName01.xml.

Early PB-Number Documents

In 1945, President Truman issued an executive order establishing a Publication Board to distribute information acquired during the war. A short time later he issued another order authorizing distribution of information obtained from Germany, Japan, and other nations. The Publication Board began distributing reports under PB numbers and began publishing the Bibliography of Scientific and Industrial Reports (BSIR) to advertise the existence of reports available. The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) evolved from the Publication Board. Although NTIS evolved from the Publication Board, the successors of the Publication Board gave up responsibility for the early PB-number documents. They turned over the PB-number documents issued in the first 15 years to the Library of Congress. Since those early documents are not listed in the NTIS online database, the early PB-number documents are effectively lost.

My Interest

I have been interested in the early PB-number documents for about 15 years, ever since I realized that they are effectively lost.

In the long run, I hope to promote the digitization of the early PB-number documents by making this index to them available on the Web.

Call for Help

Putting the BSIR online is too big a project for a single person to complete. I would like to turn this project into a shared digitization project. In the 1940s, many people -- especially members of the Special Library Association -- were very excited about the early PB-number documents and the Bibliography of Scientific and Industrial Reports. I hope that there are still people interested in the old PB-Number documents who are willing to partner with me to get this project done. Click this link to see how you could help.

Bob Bolin

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