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1933 Forestry and Agricultural Map of the United States showing Natural Land-Use Areas

Natural Land-Use Areas of the United States.

1933 Forestry and Agricultural Map of the United States showing Natural Land-Use Areas


Early 20th century wall map of the United States showing the various uses of its land.



Natural Land-Use Areas of the United States.
  1933 (dated)    39.5 x 55 in (100.33 x 139.7 cm)     1 : 4000000


This in an impressing 1933 map issued by the United States Department of Agriculture. Based on surveys by the U.S. Geological Surveys, the map covers the entire United States in beautiful detail and notes the major used of land throughout the country. The map presents a division of the United States into natural areas based on the physical characteristics of the land influencing its use. Such areas, being permanent, may be used in the study of regional trends in land use.

The map is color-coded and includes a detailed key in the lower left quadrant. A legend in the lower right, under the title notes the various industries for specific areas marked on the map, including Plant industry, animal industry, dairy industry, agricultural engineering, chemistry and soils, forest service and entomology. Below the map proper are an explanation and a detailed characterization of the areas.

This map is issued by the Agricultural and Forest Research Laboratories and Experiment Stations of the United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics. Prepared by C. P. Barnes, Assistant Agricultural Economist and F. J. Marschner, Research Assistant, Bureau of Agricultural Economics. Published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1933.


The Office of the Coast Survey (later the U.S. Geodetic Survey) (1807 - present), founded in 1807 by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of Commerce Albert Gallatin, is the oldest scientific organization in the U.S. Federal Government. Jefferson created the "Survey of the Coast," as it was then called, in response to a need for accurate navigational charts of the new nation's coasts and harbors. The first superintendent of the Coast Survey was Swiss immigrant and West Point mathematics professor Ferdinand Hassler. Under the direction of Hassler, from 1816 to 1843, the ideological and scientific foundations for the Coast Survey were established. Hassler, and the Coast Survey under him developed a reputation for uncompromising dedication to the principles of accuracy and excellence. Hassler lead the Coast Survey until his death in 1843, at which time Alexander Dallas Bache, a great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, took the helm. Under the leadership A. D. Bache, the Coast Survey did most of its most important work. During his Superintendence, from 1843 to 1865, Bache was steadfast advocate of American science and navigation and in fact founded the American Academy of Sciences. Bache was succeeded by Benjamin Pierce who ran the Survey from 1867 to 1874. Pierce was in turn succeeded by Carlile Pollock Patterson who was Superintendent from 1874 to 1881. In 1878, under Patterson's superintendence, the U.S. Coast Survey was reorganized as the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey (C & GS or USGS) to accommodate topographic as well as nautical surveys. Today the Coast Survey is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.


Very good. Overall age toning, especially in lower quadrants. Minor foxing at places with some creasing. Backed on cloth. Left and right margins extended. Small portion of lover margin chipped.


OCLC: 805329150.
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