Public Lecture: Treasures of the USGS Library

USGS Library Treasures display

USGS Library Treasures display. Photo credit: Lakegan Harris/USGS.

Since its creation in 1882, the USGS Library has grown to become the world’s largest library dedicated to earth and natural sciences, holding more than 1.5 million volumes and 800,000 maps. Richard Huffine, Director of the USGS Libraries Program, highlights some of the rarest, most valuable, and significant materials held by the USGS in his lecture “Treasures of the USGS Library.” These include early maps of America, documents that establish the provenance of the Hope Diamond, and documentation of our exploration of the American West by Hayden, King, Powell and Wheeler.

The Library’s initiative to digitize their collection for online access will make these cultural and historic records available worldwide to anyone at anytime. Join us and learn how the USGS is using history to inform the future directions of USGS research and scholarship.

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