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United States Department of Agriculture]: [Soil Conservation Service]
LARGE COLLECTION OF OVER 800 ANNOTATED PHOTOGRAPHS DOCUMENTING PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S SOIL CONSERVATION SERVICE IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES IN THE MID-20th CENTURY]
[Various locations in the western United States, 1960. 830 distinct black-and-white photographs, most 5 x 4 inches, the great majority with mounted or printed captions on the verso. Overall near fine condition. A voluminous and wide-ranging collection of original photographs detailing the efforts of the United States Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in several states in the American West during the 1960s. The 800+ photographs include about 750 images documenting identified projects in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, and Hawaii, with almost eighty photographs showing various projects without a state designation in the SCS's negative numbering system. The great majority of the photographs are identified on the verso, and bear a negative number with an alphabetical prefix to help designate state location ("C" for California and so forth). The collection provides great visual documentation of the SCS's work in the American West, primarily with regard to improved irrigation practices that were beneficial to farmers, ranchers, and consumers alike, but also forever transformed the western landscape. The Soil Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) originated in response to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Recognizing that soil erosion played a role in the devastating dust storms, the Department of the Interior established a soil erosion program in 1933. That program was transferred to the jurisdiction of the USDA, combined with several similar initiati … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]

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