The Washington Information Directory (WID) is one of the most historically successful publications at CQ Press. Although it is a “directory,” it has lived in the Library/Annual Edition portfolio because it has a unique profile - it is topically organized, and within the taxonomic structure the relevant organizations are listed not only with contact information but with a brief paragraph describing what the organization (whether government or non-governmental) does related to that topic. It focuses on Washington - in order to be listed, an organization must have an office in the Washington metropolitan area. These descriptions are not boilerplate advertising material from the organizations; rather, they are hand-crafted by a talented freelance research team. In addition, WID pulls together 55 organization charts for federal agencies, congressional resources related to each chapter topic, hotline and contact information for various specific areas of interest (from Food Safety Resources to internships in Washington), and an extensive list of active congressional caucuses and contact details. WID has two appendices, one with thorough information on congresspersons and committees, and the second with governors and embassies.

History and Preservation

History and preservation



Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, 401 F St. N.W., #308, 20001-2637; (202) 517-0200. John M. Fowler, Executive Director.

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Advises the president and Congress on historic preservation; reviews and comments on federal projects and programs affecting historic, architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources. Monitors legislation and regulations.

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) (State Dept.), Cultural Heritage Center, 2200 C St. N.W., 5-MO6, 20037 (mailing address: 2200 C St. N.W., SA-5, 5th Fl, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC, 20522-0505); (202) 632-6197. Alexei Kral, Director.

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Protects and preserves ancient and historic monuments, objects, and archaeological sites. Reviews country requests for import restrictions on archaeological or ethnological artifacts and ...

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