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Historical files from Federal government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974

Fact Sheet 2010-3109

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Abstract

Congress enacted the Defense Production Act in 1950 to provide funding and support for the exploration and development of critical mineral resources. From 1950 to 1974, three Department of the Interior agencies carried out this mission. Contracts with mine owners provided financial assistance for mineral exploration on a joint-participation basis. These contracts are documented in more than 5,000 'dockets' now archived online by the U.S. Geological Survey. This archive provides access to unique and difficult to recreate information, such as drill logs, assay results, and underground geologic maps, that is invaluable to land and resource management organizations and the minerals industry. An effort to preserve the data began in 2009, and the entire collection of dockets was electronically scanned. The scanning process used optical character recognition (OCR) when possible, and files were converted into Portable Document Format (.pdf) files, which require Adobe Reader or similar software for viewing. In 2010, the scans were placed online (http://minerals.usgs.gov/dockets/) and are available to download free of charge.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Historical files from Federal government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2010-3109
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2010
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Western Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
Description:
2 p.
Time Range Start:
1950-01-01
Time Range End:
1974-12-31
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N