An Inventory of Published Soil Surveys of the United States

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In order to facilitate the discovery, management, preservation, access, and use of soil surveys, an inventory of known print surveys was completed in the spring of 2020. The inventory should also allow those librarians interested in providing access to coverage for their regions to identify relevant materials.

The inventory was created by using the Soil Surveys by State (n.d.) site, an index of publications from the Bureau of Soils (Holman et al., 1939), the List of published soil surveys (1994) from the Soil Conservation Service, reviewing the collections at several land grant universities, and searching various digital repositories. Entries were also checked against the Government Publishing Office (GPO) Catalog of Publications to determine if they were distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). To be included in this inventory the survey had to contain a map of the location, and be about soil types in general (not, for example, about soil types for a specific crop).