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Soil Surveys: Survey Resources
This guide provides information about soil surveys, a series of publications produced by the US Department of Agriculture from 1899 to around 2005.
Printed soil surveys were the main source of soils information in the United States from 1900 to 2005. These publications were produced by various bureaus within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They offer a unique view of local areas, often documenting the same areas over time.
Soil surveys are useful to students and practitioners in various disciplines including agriculture, engineering, and planning. They are also useful for historians, local government officials, and even genealogists who may be interested in family homesteads.
Historic Soil Surveys
Surveys produced from 1899 to approximately 2010 are part of the Government Information Collection at USU Libraries.
This inventory, created by Helen Smith and Jen Kirk in 2020, provides location, call number, and publication information for all print soil surveys produced by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Use it to find print surveys in the Government Information Collection.
The resources on this guide were identified and developed as part of a collaborative project between librarians at Utah State University Libraries (USU) and Penn State University Libraries (Penn State).