Hot Doc: Deschler-Brown-Johnson Precedents

fdlp_eagleThe well-known Deschler or Deschler-Brown Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives document the parliamentary precedents and procedural practices of the House from 1936 forward and now include volume 17 (Chapters 34 – 40). Volume 17 of the Deschler-Brown Precedents incorporates an eclectic mix of chapters not logically placed in earlier volumes: constitutional amendments (ch. 34); presidential messages and executive communications (ch. 35); ceremonies and awards (ch. 36); resignations (ch. 37); deaths (ch. 38); recesses (ch. 39); and adjournments (ch. 40).

The online version of Deschler-Brown Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives, Volume 17 (Ch. 34 – 40) is available on FDsys at: <>.

In addition, Deschler-Brown Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives, Volume 17 (Ch. 34 – 40) will be distributed to Federal depository libraries in paper format under:

*  Title: Deschler-Brown-Johnson Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives. Hs. Doc. No. 94-661, V. 17,  Serial 13151-17 Chapters 34-40
*  Class: Y 1.1/2:SERIAL 13151-17
*  PURL: <>

From the Foreword of Bound Volume 17:

The publication of volume 17 of Deschler-Brown-Johnson Precedents

of the United States House of Representatives, to be followed by volume

18 on the budget process, marks the interim completion of the

compilation of precedents commenced by former Parliamentarian Lewis

Deschler in 1974. Volume 17 incorporates an eclectic mix of chapters

not logically included in the preceding 16 volumes. With a few

exceptions from the period 1928 to 1936 (the date of publication of

Cannon’s Precedents), these chapters address the period 1936 through

2006. Volume 18 on Budget Process will reflect precedents resulting

from the enactment of the Congressional Budget Act in 1974.

After the publication of volume 18, the Office of the

Parliamentarian, pursuant to law (2 U.S.C. Sec. 28b), will publish

replacement volumes comprising cumulative updates of each chapter of

the compilation, retaining existing section designations where possible

for consistency of citation and adding supplementary citations and

cross-references to avoid unnecessary duplication. An appendix to this

compilation will provide commentary from the perspective of Charles W.

Johnson, III, whose service in the Office of the Parliamentarian for 40

years with seven successive Speakers so uniquely qualifies him for the

task of presenting an overview of the procedural evolution of the House

since the publication of Lewis Deschler’s preface in 1976.

John V. Sullivan


January 10, 2011.

The GPO website has a very nice overview of the series:

Lori Gwinett, MLIS

Government Documents Librarian

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