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How can I find field record materials (original field notes and related material made by USGS geologists) and mapping notes?

The USGS Field Records Library in Denver, Colorado, has an extensive collection of materials. Information on the collection is available on this website. You may contact them at:

U.S. Geological Survey Library
Box 25046, MS 914
Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225-0046
Field Records Library: 303-236-1005
FAX: 303-236-1013
E-mail: den_lib@usgs.gov
To find geologic field record materials related to Alaska, contact:

Beth Drewes
USGS Alaska Technical Data Unit
4210 University Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Telephone: 907-786-7470
FAX: 907-786-7401
E-mail: edrewes@usgs.gov

Two other sources of field records are:

1. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, Maryland, which keeps field record materials in their Archives II facility. Refer to the Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States (Washington, D.C.: NARA, 1995).

Inventory of the Records of the United States Geological Survey, Record Group 57, in the National Archives, part of USGS Circular 1179 (2000, CD-ROM): Records and History of the United States Geological Survey, contains information on USGS and related records accessioned by NARA through 1997 and held at NARA-II. Appendices in this inventory list field records held at NARA-II and by the USGS Field Records Library at Denver.

National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Telephone: 1-866-272-6272 (Toll Free)
Inquire form: www.archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html
URL: www.archives.gov/index.html

2. Smithsonian Institution Archives includes papers of individuals with close ties to both the USGS and the Smithsonian. Other materials related with the activities of the Smithsonian Institution and the USGS are available there as well. Refer to the Guide to the Smithsonian Archives (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996) or contact them at the following address:

Reference Archivist
Smithsonian Institution Archives
MRC 507
P.O. Box 37012
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
Telephone: 202-633-5870
E-mail: osiaref@si.edu

The notes made by USGS map surveyors are available in two locations. For topographic mapping notes pertaining to areas of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and states west, including Alaska, contact the Denver Library mentioned above.

For topographic mapping notes pertaining to other geographic areas in the United States, contact:

USGS Science Information Servcies
1400 Independence Road, MS 260
Rolla, MO  65401-2602
Telephone: 573-308-3500
E-mail: mcmcesic@usgs.gov

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