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OFFICE METHODS 299

lighted space for deposit copies and gradually all deposit articles will be removed to this stack. The new provision for the destruction of useless material happily prevents the continuing storage of such ma- terial to an indefinite future.

The Librarian of Congress and the Register of Destruction Copyrights jointly are authorized "at suitable inter- "^ useless vals" to determine what articles received during any ™**®" period of years and remaining undisposed of, are useful for permanent preservation, and in their dis- cretion to provide for the destruction of others, after a statement of the years of receipt of such articles and notice to permit any lawful claimant to claim and remove them has been printed in the catalogue of copyright entries from February to November, per- mitting their reclamation within the month of De- cember. There is a special proviso that no manuscript of an unpublished work shall be destroyed during the term of copyright without specific notice to the copyright proprietor of record, permitting him to claim and remove it.

The Register of Copyrights, originally appointed by Register of the Librarian of Congress under the act of February 1 9 , Copyrights 1897, is made by the new code of 1909 a permanent administrative officer, appointed by and under the direction and supervision of the Librarian of Congress at a salary of $4000 per year and under bonds of $20,000. He is authorized under the law to make rules and regulations for the registration of claims to copyright, subject to the approval of the Librarian of Congress; is required to make an annual report to the Librarian of Congress to be printed in the annual report on the Library of Congress; to cover all fees into the Treasury and report as to the same to the Secretary of the Treasury and to the Librarian of Congress, and to provide and keep the necessary