2003 Seattle Annual Meeting (November 2–5, 2003)
Paper No. 94-7
Presentation Time: 3:00 PM-3:15 PM

THE HERINGEN COLLECTION OF THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY LIBRARY

HADDEN, R. Lee, USGS Library, US Geol Survey, Mail Stop 950, National Center, Reston, VA 20192, rhadden@usgs.gov.

One special collection of German, Polish and Russian language books, maps and reports in the US Geological Survey Library has an interesting and unusual history. The “Heringen Collection” came from Nazi Germany. In the last days of the war, these maps, photos and other records were sent from the Military Geology offices in Berlin to the safety of a deep potash mineshaft in Heringen (Werra), in Hessen, Germany. A special group of US Army soldiers were ordered to find these lost records of the Third Reich. When found and removed from the Heringen mine, those records which dealt with the earth sciences, terrain analysis, military geology and other geological matters were sent to the USGS, and eventually came to reside at the USGS Library. The printed papers and books were mostly incorporated into our main collection, but a significant portion of the materials were never cataloged, calendared or indexed. This paper describes the history of the USGS Library’s “Heringen Collection,” and some overview of the scope of the materials.

2003 Seattle Annual Meeting (November 2–5, 2003)
Session No. 94
History of Geology (GSA History of Geology Division, History of Earth Science Society [HESS])
Washington State Convention and Trade Center: 210
1:30 PM-3:30 PM, Monday, November 3, 2003

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 35, No. 6, September 2003, p. 252

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