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Date published: April 12, 2016

USGS Continues to Write History

The fourth volume of the comprehensive history of the U.S. Geological Survey, Minerals, Lands, and Geology for the Common Defence and General Welfare: Volume 4, 1939‒1961, has been issued as an electronic document.

Date published: March 24, 2016

More Science at Your Fingertips

The USGS Science Data Catalog (SDC) recently completed and launched a new and improved interface, making USGS data more accessible and discoverable for users. The USGS SDC is a searchable public data catalog for more than 7,000 USGS data assets and 20 USGS collections.

Our mission is to identify, acquire, organize, preserve, publicize, and support USGS employees in their efforts to provide high quality earth science research.

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Date published: March 15, 2016

Special Collections

Explore Field Records, Map Collections, the Kunz Collection, the Rare Book Collection, the Topographic Map Archive, the United States Antarctic Resource Center, and the USGS Photographic Collection.

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Date published: March 15, 2016

Publications Warehouse

Gain access to over 100,000 publications written by USGS scientists over the century-plus history of the bureau.

Date published: March 14, 2016

USGS Denver Library Photographic Collection

Search an archive of more than 500,000 still photographs, slides, glass plate slides, lantern slides, negatives, and sketches dating from the 1870s and taken by USGS scientists as part of their field studies.

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Year Published: 2015

Minerals, lands, and geology for the common defence and general welfare, Volume 4, 1939-1961: A history of geology in relation to the development of public-land, federal science, and mapping policies and the development of mineral resources in the United States from the 60th to the 82d year of the U.S. Geological Survey

The fourth volume of the comprehensive history of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is titled “Minerals, Lands, and Geology for the Common Defence and General Welfare—Volume 4, 1939‒1961.” The title is based on a passage in the preamble of the U.S. Constitution. The late Mary C. Rabbitt (1915‒2002), a geophysicist who served with...

Rabbitt, Mary C.; Nelson, Clifford M.
Rabbitt, M.C., and Nelson, C.M., 2015, Minerals, lands, and geology for the common defence and general welfare—Volume 4, 1939–1961: Reston, Va., U.S. Geological Survey, 704 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/70142267.

Year Published: 2012

On-line access to geoscience bibliographic citations

On-line geoscience bibliographic citations and access points to citations are exponentially increasing as commercial, non-profit, and government agencies worldwide publish materials electronically. On-line bibliographic tools capture cited works, and open access content allows for freely obtained citations and documents. For this newsletter,...

Wild, Emily C.
On-line access to geoscience bibliographic citations; 2012; Article; Journal; EXPLORE: Newsletter for the Association of Applied Geochemists; Wild, Emily C.

Year Published: 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey Library

Established in 1879, to build and organize a collection of scientific materials in the earth sciences, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Library is the largest earth sciences collection in the world. The USGS Library System is managed by the Geographic Information Office (GIO), Information Policy and Services Office, and includes four libraries in...

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The U.S. Geological Survey Library; 2004; FS; 125-03; Geological Survey (U.S.)

Year Published: 2000

Records and history of the United States Geological Survey

This publication contains two presentations in Portable Document Format (PDF). The first is Renee M. Jaussaud's inventory of the documents accessioned by the end of 1997 into Record Group 57 (Geological Survey) at the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) Archives II facility in College Park, Md., but not the materials in NARA's...

Nelson, Clifford M.
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Records and history of the United States Geological Survey; 2000; CIR; 1179; Edited by Nelson, Clifford M.

Year Published: 2000

U.S. Geological Survey Library classification system

The U.S. Geological Survey Library classification system has been designed for earth science libraries. It is a tool for assigning call numbers to earth science and allied pure science materials in order to collect these materials into related subject groups on the library shelves and arrange them alphabetically by author and title. The...

Sasscer, R. Scott
U.S. Geological Survey library classification system; 1992; B; 2010; Sasscer, R. Scott

Year Published: 1994

The United States Geological Survey Library System

The U.S. Geological Survey Library, established in 1882, is one of the largest earth science libraries in the world. The Library System consists of the headquarters library in Reston, Virginia, and three branch libraries in Denver, Colorado; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Menlo Park, California

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The United States Geological Survey Library System; 1994; USGS Unnumbered Series; U.S. Geological Survey

Year Published: 1992

U.S. Geological Survey Library classification system

The U.S. Geological Survey library classification system has been designed for an earth science library. It is a tool for assigning classification numbers to earth science and allied pure science library materials in order to collect these materials into related subject groups on the library shelves and arrange them alphabetically by author and...

Sasscer, R. Scott

Year Published: 1990

U.S. Geological Survey Library Classification System

Sasscer, R.S.
U.S. Geological Survey Library Classification System; 1990; OFR; 90-526; Sasscer, R. S.

Year Published: 1989

The United States Geological Survey: 1879-1989

The United States Geological Survey was established on March 3, 1879, just a few hours before the mandatory close of the final session of the 45th Congress, when President Rutherford B. Hayes signed the bill appropriating money for sundry civil expenses of the Federal Government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1879. The sundry civil expenses...

Rabbitt, Mary C.
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The United States Geological Survey: 1879-1989; 1989; CIR; 1050; Rabbitt, Mary C.

Year Published: 1986

A Brief History of the U.S. Geological Survey

Rabbitt, Mary C.
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A Brief History of the U.S. Geological Survey; 1986; Book; Rabbitt, Mary C.

Year Published: 1986

Minerals, lands, and geology for the common defence and general welfare, Volume 3, 1904-1939 : A history of geology in relation to the development of public-land, federal-science, and mapping policies and the development of mineral resources in the United States from the 25th to the 60th year of the U.S. Geological Survey

Mrs. Rabbitt's third volume covers the years 1904 to 1939, from the beginning of the conservation movement under Theodore Roosevelt to the beginning of World War II. From a national perspective, these were years of great development and change in the use of energy, trouble in the coal industry, and a great expansion in the oil industry. They were...

Rabbitt, Mary C.
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Minerals, lands, and geology for the common defence and general welfare, Volume 3, 1904-1939 : a history of public lands, Federal science and mapping policy, and development of mineral resources in the United States; 1986; Book; Rabbitt, Mary C.

Year Published: 1980

John Wesley Powell: Soldier, Explorer, Scientist

Rabbitt, Mary C.
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John Wesley Powell: Soldier, Explorer, Scientist; 1980; Book; Rabbitt, Mary C.

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USGS publications on a library shelf
September 12, 2018

USGS Library

USGS Library has an extensive collection of USGS publications, including the bulletins pictured here.

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Arkansas map in library map drawer with other map cases in background
September 12, 2018

USGS Library

USGS Library has an expansive map collection with topographic maps, geologic maps, thematic maps, and more. The collection covers the United States, other countries around the world, and other planets.

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USGS Library in Reston
September 12, 2018

USGS Library

USGS Library locations offer collections and services to USGS staff and public researchers.

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USGS Library

USGS Library's collections and services are used by USGS staff and other researchers across the world.

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USGS Library in Denver, front desk, map cases, bookshelves
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USGS Library- Denver

USGS Library locations offer collections and services to USGS staff and public researchers.

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USGS Library in Denver, computer terminals and reading area
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USGS Library in Denver

USGS Library locations offer collections and services to USGS staff and public researchers.

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USGS Library bookshelves and reading areas
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USGS Library in Denver

USGS Library locations offer collections and services to USGS staff and public researchers.

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USGS Library Denver oversize bookshelves
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USGS Library in Denver

USGS Library's collections and services are used by USGS staff and other researchers across the world.

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Library bookshelves in USGS Library Denver
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USGS Library in Denver

USGS Library locations offer collections and services to USGS staff and public researchers.

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Date published: April 12, 2016

USGS Continues to Write History

The fourth volume of the comprehensive history of the U.S. Geological Survey, Minerals, Lands, and Geology for the Common Defence and General Welfare: Volume 4, 1939‒1961, has been issued as an electronic document.

Date published: March 24, 2016

More Science at Your Fingertips

The USGS Science Data Catalog (SDC) recently completed and launched a new and improved interface, making USGS data more accessible and discoverable for users. The USGS SDC is a searchable public data catalog for more than 7,000 USGS data assets and 20 USGS collections.

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