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Government Documents - Department of Commerce: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Guide to Department of Commerce and its subsidiary agencies. Our holdings cover a wide range of topics including trade, demographics, climate, fisheries, marine science, and many others.

About the agency

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was established in in 1901 as the Bureau of Standards (later National Bureau of Standards). It succeeded the Office of Standard Weights and Measures that was part of the Coast Survey. Its current mission is "To promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life."

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Our holdings

Government Documents holds numerous NIST and NBS publications, including the following series:

Special publication (C 13.10:)

Journal of research of the NBS (C 13.22:)

Building science series (C 13.29/2:)

Monographs (C 13.44:)

Technical notes (C 13.46:)

Additional documents covering 1910-1932 are available in the Executive Branch Documents microfiche set. Please contact a government documents librarian if you have questions about our holdings.

We also have a variety of general publications, pamphlets, and other NIST and NBS materials.

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State laboratories

NIST provides technical assistance and advice to state laboratories, which are responsible for establishing and enforcing standardization laws in each state.