Author Archives: Lakegan Harris

U.S. Geological Survey Library: Access & Outreach

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Libraries Program provides access to geoscience print and online information sources, as well as instruction on finding and using the geoscience information. Learn how to find and use USGS publication and data sources available from USGS … Continue reading

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Collaborative Digitization in the USGS Libraries

The USGS Libraries have joined the collaboration between USGS Human Resources and Chantilly High School‘s Secondary Transition to Employment Program (STEP), which transitions special needs students to workplace environments and teaches them professional skills.  In the Libraries, three student interns … Continue reading

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Research Services at the USGS Denver Library

By Emily C. Wild and Keith J. Van Cleave The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was established March 3, 1879, by the Organic Act (20 Stat. 394; 43 U.S.C. 31), which included creation of a USGS Library. In 1946, the USGS … Continue reading

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Researching the Russian Crown Jewels

The USGS Libraries are proud to present the official press release of the discovery of previously unknown images of the Russian Crown Jewels. You can also listen to the podcast and view the media gallery. Any new information related to … Continue reading

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Book Containing Images of the Tavernier Blue (Hope Diamond) Available Online

A book containing the earliest known images of the Tavernier Blue diamond later called the French Blue and now known as the Hope Diamond is now available online. The USGS Libraries have recently digitized a first English edition of “The … Continue reading

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Panoramic Photography of the Alaskan Frontier 1910-1932

The USGS houses many stunning photographs depicting early American landscapes and researchers at work in the field. Unlike today’s world, filled with images from smart phones, photography in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s photography was a much more difficult … Continue reading

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USGS Libraries Contribute to the Biodiversity Heritage Library

The USGS Libraries Program has joined the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections. USGS Libraries have collections that can … Continue reading

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The Francillon Memo

One of the most unique and important articles in the USGS Libraries collections is a document called the Francillon Memo. This simple memo was written in September of 1812 by John Francillon, a jeweler practicing in London, England. The Francillon … Continue reading

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USGS Publishes Afghanistan Research

USGS projects in Afghanistan have produced a substantial number of publications, maps, and other documents. Extensive research by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Afghan Geological Survey, and the Department of Defense has yielded volumes of information about areas of high … Continue reading

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USGS Field Records Collection in Denver, Colorado

The USGS Field Records Collection in Denver, Colorado is an archive of unpublished field notes, annotated maps, sketches, correspondence, analysis reports, and other data created or collected by more than 1200 USGS scientists during field studies and exploration of the … Continue reading

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