The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was established in 1879 for the purpose of "classification of the public lands, and examination of the geological structure, mineral resources, and products of the national domain."
Most USGS publications can be found online in the USGS Publications Warehouse.
Most pre-1932 USGS documents, including its Annual reports and the series listed below, are available in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (UHM login required).
Additional documents covering 1910-1932 are available in the Executive Branch Documents microfiche set. Please contact a government documents librarian if you have questions about our holdings.
Government Documents holds an extensive collection of USGS publications, including the following series:
Bulletins (I 19.3:)
Circulars (I 19.4:)
Water-supply papers (I 19.13:)
Professional papers (I 19.16:)
Water resources investigation reports (I 19.42/4:)
Scientific investigations reports (I 19.42/4-4:)
Water resources data for [state] (I 19.53/2:)
Open-file reports (I 19.76:)
Miscellaneous investigations (I 19.91:)
Minerals yearbooks (I 19.165:)
The Map Collection has extensive holdings of USGS printed topographic and geologic maps and aerial photographs.
We also have a variety of general publications, pamphlets, CD-ROMs, and other USGS materials.