Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Public Lecture: Treasures of the USGS Library

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 7:00 PM
Title: Treasures of the USGS Library
By Richard Huffine
(PDF of Flyer  824 KB)
Since its creation in 1882, the USGS Library has grown to become the world's largest library dedicated to earth and natural sciences, holding more than 1.5 million volumes and 800,000 maps. Richard Huffine, Director of the USGS Libraries Program, will highlight some of the rarest, most valuable, and significant materials held by the USGS. These include early maps of America, documents that establish the provenance of the Hope Diamond, and documentation of our exploration of the American West by Hayden, King, Powell and Wheeler.
(PDF of Flyer  824 KB)

The Library’s initiative to digitize their collection for online access will make these cultural and historic records available worldwide to anyone at anytime. Join us and learn how the USGS is using history to inform the future directions of USGS research and scholarship.

The lecture, Treasures of the USGS Library, will be given on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at 7:00 PM by Richard Huffine in the Dallas L. Peck Memorial Auditorium at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia.  See flyer for details.

(Photo: Title: Historia Mundi (1530).  This 479 year old volume is stored in a specially-made box that protects it from further damage by exposure to light. Photographer: Richard Huffine, U.S. Geological Survey

(Note: This article was originally published on the USGS Public Lecture Series web site)


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