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Exploring and Surveying the American West: Powell Exhibit

This guide contains information about federal government surveys of the American West, conducted in the mid to late 1800s.

About the Powell Expedition

JOHN WESLEY POWELL & THE EXPLORATION OF THE COLORADO: 150TH ANNIVERSARY  

In 1869, John Wesley Powell led the first scientific exploration of the Colorado River. The geologic expedition and Powell's influence would help create the United States Geological Survey and the Bureau of American Ethnology. Check out the display in the Government Information Department on the Library's Lower Level featuring government documents commemorating the 1869 exploration. 

Utah is celebrating the Powell expedition all year. Interactive activities are available in person and online. Check out the links below. 

Digital Versions of Materials Displayed in the Government Information Department

Online Resources for the Powell Sesquicentennial Celebration

Your Librarian

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Jen Kirk
Contact:
Merril-Cazier Library, Lower Level, Room 012
jen.kirk@usu.edu
(435) 797-8033

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“This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)”

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