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Historical Soil Survey

Historical Lists of Soil Scientists

Historical Lists of United States Department (USDA) - Soil conservation Service (SCS) / Natural Resource Conservation Districts (NRCS) Soil Scientists. These historical lists of soil scientists are from scanned documents that for the most part were sent to States from the National Office. The intent of these lists of soil scientists was to keep State Office Staffs and Field Soil Scientists informed about current activities and the National Cooperative Soil Survey Program.

 

One document contributed by Bob Pollock, retired Nebraska Soil Scientist dated 1953 is of special interest. This list is probably the first list of soil scientists put together after the reorganization/combination of the SCS and Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils and Agricultural Engineering (BPI) soil scientists in 1952.

 

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HSS - National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretations

Below are the scanned documents as discussed above in the development of the project by year; the subject of the document and where applicable the author and receiver of the document.

Year—1989
1 – Oct. 6, 1989 – Database Analysis Oct 6, 1989 Working Group to help in development of NASIS – To Committee from Holzhey Link To Article

2 – December 21, 1989 – Soil Series Analysis – National Leaders to Dick Arnold Link To Article

3 – Date not known – Issue Paper – Fundamental Principles for the NSSCI – National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretation Link To Article

Year—1990
1 – June 11, 1990 -- Data Elements and Soil Interpretation Soils-5 Database – Mayes to NSSC Staff Link To Article

Year—1991
1 – March 18, 1991 – Database Conversion – Mausbach to Holzhey Link To Article

2 – April 9, 1991 – Association of Laboratory Pedon with Map Units – Grossman to NSSC Leadership Link To Article

3- April 24, 1990 – Linking of STATSGO and Pedon Data – Anderson to Holzhey Link To Article

4 – May 2, 1991 – Association of Map Units with Laboratory Pedon – Flach to Grossman Link To Article

5 – May 2, 1991 – Association of Map Units with Laboratory Pedon – George Holmgren to Grossman Link To Article

6 – May 2, 1991 – Linking of STATSGO and Pedon Data – Culver to Holzhey Link To Article

7 – May 6, 1991 – Linking of STATSGO and Pedon Data – Mausbach to Holzhey Link To Article

8 – June 10, 1991 –Association of Laboratory Pedon with Map Units – Mausbach to NSSC Leadership Link To Article

9 --June 25, 1991 – Recommendation of the Official Series Description Database Committee Report – Anderson to Holzhey Link To Article

10 – July 31, 1991 – National Soil Standardized Database- Data and Interpretation – Nielsen to Culver Link To Article

11 – September 20, 1991 – Association of the Soil Survey Laboratory Pedon Data with Map Units and National Data Standards – National Leaders to Holzhey Link To Article

12 – October 29, 1991—Association of Soil Survey Laboratory Pedon Data with Map Unit Components and National Standards – Dan Ernstrom to Dave Anderson Link To Article

13 –October –Upward Aggregation of Data on Interpretation Results – Daniel Ernstrom Link To Article

14 – December 12, 1991 – How to Deal with Plant Performance Data in NASIS – Anderson, Ernstrom and others Link To Article

Year—1992
1 – Feb. 1992 – Soil Series in Making and Interpreting Soil Surveys – Soil Technical Note Draft – SSQA –Mount Link To Article

2- Feb. 1992 – Soil Survey Information Delivery System – Culver and Others Link To Article

3 -- March 2, 1992- Operations – National Soil Survey Database Implementation Committee Culver to Holzhey Link To Article

4 – March 6, 1992 – Operations – National Soil Survey Database Implementation Committee—Holzhey to Culver Link To Article

5 - May 28, 1992 – NASIS – Soil Business Area Analysis Group- Taxonomic-- National Standard Committee --Fortner to Committee – Brockmann, Vrana, Ahrens and others Link To Article

6 – June 26, 1992 – Soil Survey National Standard Committee – Ray Sinclair to Brockmann Link To Article

7. – June 29- July1, 1992 – National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretation Committee Report Link To Article

8 – July 6, 1992 – NASIS – Soil Business Area Analysis Group Taxonomic National Standard Committee – Fortner to Brockmann Committee Chair Link To Article

9 - July 12, 1992 – Operations – NASIS National Standards Committee – Fortner to Brockmann Link To Article

10 – July 28, 1992 –Operations- NASIS – Soil Business Area Analysis Group (SBAAG) – Hudson to Holzhey Link To Article

11 – September 4, 1992 –Operations NASIS National Standard Committee –Fortner to Brockmann Link To Article

12 – October 15, 1992 – Soil Interpretations Record (SIR) Design as part of the National Standard –Andy Goodman to Brockmann Link To Article

13 – November 24, 1992 –Report –National Standard Committee — Brockmann, Chair Person Link To Article

Year—1993
1 – January 6, 1993 – Operations –NASIS Diagram – Lytle to Soil Survey Division Management Link To Article

2 – January 6, 1993 – Recommendations /Decisions of Prior Committee – Compiled by Henry Mount Link To Article

3 – January 28, 1993 – NASIS Interpretation – Criteria Module Management Review – Holzhey to Director & National Leaders Link To Article

4 – February 4, 1993 – NASIS National Soil Standard for Correlations and Interpretation (NSSCI) Management Review – Work Committee to Director and National Leaders Link To Article

5 – February 11, 1993 – Issues, concerns and Functionality NASIS Management Review – Notes Interpretation Criteria Module – Questions and Answers – Soil Survey Staff Link To Article

6 – February 12, 1993 – NASIS National Soil Standard for correlation and Interpretation – Sinclair to Holzhey Link To Article

7 - February 19, 1993 – Operations – NASIS National Soil Standard for Correlation and Interpretation – Sinclair to Holzhey Link To Article

8 – February 22, 1993 – NASIS National Soil Standard for Correlation and Interpretations (NSSIS) Management Review – Holzhey to Vrana Link To Article

9 – March 8, 1993 – NASIS Functional Overview - NASIS Map Unit Record Database – Link To Article

10 – March 10, 1993- Operation – National Standard—Lytle to Holzhey Link To Article

11 – April 12, 1993- National Soil Data Access Facility Draft Requirement Statement – Executive Summary Link To Article

12 – April 16, 1993 – Completion of NASIS Analysis Effort – Howard to Holzhey Link To Article

13 – April 27, 1993 – Technical Requirement Statement Report for NASIS Data Accumulation Team Management Review Video Conference – Soil Survey Division Participate Link To Article

14 – April 28, 1993 – National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretations (NSSCI) – Presentation to National Leaders – Jon Vrana Team Coordinator

15 – June 16-17, 1993 – Comments on NASIS Integration Issues – Culver to Russ Kelsea Link To Article

16 – June 16-17, 1993 – Notes on NASIS Integration Issue – National Leaders Link To Article

17 - June 16-17, 1993 – Notes on NASIS Integration Issue – Tom Calhoun comments Link To Article

18 – June 16-17, 1993 – NASIS Requirement Meeting – Sinclair to Kelsea Link To Article

19 – August 11, 1993 – Soil Business Area Analysis Group – July Meeting – Knox to Holzhey Link To Article

20 – September 9, 1993 – Operations – National Standard – Holzhey to Standards Team Link To Article

21 – August 13, 1993 – NASIS Integration Issue Final Draft – Howard to Holzhey Link To Article

22 – November 23, 1993 Operations- NASIS Soil Business Area Analysis Group Meeting – Fortner to Holzhey Link To Article

23 – November 23, 1993 – Issue paper - MLRA Correlations Productivity Levels for Map Units – Fortner Link To Article

24 – December 23, 1993 – NSSCI Presentation to National Leaders—National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretation – Jon Vrana – Team Coordinator Link To Article

Year—1994
1 –January 11, 1994 – National Standard Implementation Team - Arnold to Team – Reedy, Chair Link To Article

2 - January 12, 1994 – Development Plan for Populating OSEDS into National Standard – Draft – Mount Link To Article

3 – January 19, 1994 – Operations – NASIS soil Business Area Analysis Group Meeting – Lockridge to Lytle Link To Article

4 – January 25, 1994 – National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretations – Final Draft Requirement Statement - Reedy to Team Link To Article

5 – January 28, 1994 – Operations National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretation – Sinclair to Reedy Link To Article

6 – February 4, 1994 – Operations – Soil Business Area Analysis Group SBAAG Recommendations from Jan. 1994 Meeting - Lytle to Lockridge Link To Article

7 – March 3, 1994 – NASIS – NSSCI Implementation – Culver to Harvey Terpstra Link To Article

8 – March 9, 1994 – Progress Report NSSCI Interpretations – Reedy Link To Article

9 – March 15, 1994 – Operations NASIS Soil Business Area Analysis Group Meeting- Lockridge to Lytle Link To Article

10- March 25, 1994 – NASIS Transition Action Plan Link To Article

11 – May 26, 1994 – Operations – NASIS Lab Data Integration – Arnold to Team Link To Article

12 – June 14, 1994 – SPB – Soil Survey Program Strategic Plan- Reedy to Calhoun Link To Article

13 – June 17, 1994 – Soil Interpretation Records, Soil Map Units and Components of Soil Map Units for the United States—Prepared by Sinclair and Terpstra Link To Article

14 – June 27, 1994 – NSSCI Implementation Team Trip to Ft. Collins- Reedy to Harvard Link To Article

15 – July 13, 1994 – National Standard Implementation Team – Revised Draft Requirement Statement – Culver to National Leaders Link To Article

16 – August 8, 1994 – Comments – National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretation – Mausbach Link To Article

17 – August 15, 1994 – Operations- Data Aggregation Guide – Ratliff to QASS Staff Link To Article

18 – August 23, 1994 – NASIS - National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretation -- Draft Requirement Statement Revised Link To Article

19 – August 24, 1994 – Draft Requirement Statement- NSSCI – Reedy to Vrana Link To Article

20 – September 28, 1994 – National Standard Data Model – Gary Spivak Link To Article

21 – October 12, 1994 – Operation – NASIS Soil Business Area Analysis Group Meeting –Lockridge to Lytle Link To Article

22 – October 25, 1994 – NASIS Workshop – Fortner to Steering Team Link To Article

23 – November 4, 1994 – National Standard – SBAAG Discussion Link To Article

24 – December 8, 1994 – Summary of National Standard for soil Classification and Interpretations Comments and Correspondence – Feedback outline Link To Article

25 – December 29, 1994 – Operations- NASIS Soil Business Area Analysis Group Meeting – Lockridge to Lytle Link To Article

Year—1995
1 – January 17, 1995 – Operations – Soil Map Units – Ratliff to State Soil Scientists Link To Article

2 – February 14, 1995 – National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretation Meeting - February 8, 1995 – Reedy to Culver Link To Article

3 – March 13, 1995 – Request for Team Assistance in Analysis and Implementing the DRS for the National Standard for Soil classification and Interpretation – Arnold to Reedy Link To Article

4 – May 31, 1995 – ISU Mainframe Computer Replacement – Terpstra to Soil Dataset Managers – Link To Article

5 – June 15, 1995 – National Standard for Classification and Interpretation - Reedy to Culver Link To Article

6 – June 14, 1995 – Report of Completion to NSSCI Team Charges – To Culver, Team Sponsor Link To Article

7 – July, 1995 – NASIS National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretation – Executive Summary Link To Article

8 – August 18, 1995 – National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretation – Culver to Soil Division Steering Team & Ken Harward, NASIS Program Manager Link To Article

9 – September 14, 1995 – National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretation – Culver to Harward Link To Article

10 – September 14, 1995 – National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretation—Lytle to Harward Link To Article

11 – No Date – Probably spring of 1995 – National Standard for Soil Classification and Interpretation (NASSCI) Draft Requirement Statement – Questions and Responses – Some Interesting Discussions Link To Article

1 - USDA-SCS Soil Survey Staff January 1, 1951

2 - USDA-SCS Soil Survey Staff January 1, 1953

3 - Soil Survey Field Letter and List of all USDA-SCS Soil Survey Staff April 15, 1956

4 - USDA-SCS Soil Survey Staff July 1963

5 - USDA- SCS Soil Survey Washington Staff June, 1965

6 - USDAS-SCS Soil Survey Staff January 1, 1966

7 - USDA-SCS Soil Survey Staff January 1, 1969

8 - USDA-SCS Soil Survey Washington Staff March 1969

9 - USDA-SCS List of State Conservationists, their Principal Staff and Regional Technical Service Center Staff- August, 1971

10 - USDA-SCS Soil Survey Staff January 1, 1972

11 - USDA-SCS List of State Conservationists, their Principal Staff and Regional Technical Service Center Staff - July, 1972

12 - USDA-SCS Soil Survey Staff November, 1972

13 - Reorganization of the Washington Office Soil Survey Staff - July 30, 1973

14 - USDA-SCS List of State Conservationists, their Principal Staff and Regional Technical Service Center Staff - October, 1973

15 - USDA-SCS Soil Survey Staff March 1974

16 - USDA-SCS List of State Conservationists, their Principal Staff and Regional Technical Service Center Staff - July, 1974

17 - USDA-SCS Soil Survey Staff August 1, 1976

18 - SCS State Office Soils Staffs March 1979

19 - Directory of Soil Scientists - States, Technical Service Centers and National Office Soils Staff - Dec.4, 1980

20 - SCS - Soil Scientist Roster May 14, 1984

21 - SCS State Office Soils Staffs January 14, 1987

22 - USDAS-SCS Soil Survey Staff August 1991

23 - UUSDA-SCS Cartographic Units and Heads 1935 – 2012

24 - List of Soil Scientists in NRCS in August, 2000

The First Comprehensive Soil Classification System – 10 pages - Talk probably given at one of the soils training courses held in Lincoln, Nebraska in the early 1960’s.

Presentation by Andrew R Aandahl, Principal Soil Correlator, Midwest Regional Technical Service Center, Soil Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska Link To Article

1 – February, 1951 - Nebraska – State Interpretation of National Coding System. A February, 1951 memorandum to All Soil Conservation Personnel in Nebraska from Lloyd E. Mitchell, State Soil Scientist, Lincoln, Nebraska. Link To Article

Historical Soil Survey – Nebraska documents on acreage production, assignment and supervision of soil scientists, training workshops and outgoing report.

I - Report of Yearly Soil survey Acreage Production accomplishments by Field soil Scientists. Reports from Lloyd E. Mitchell, State Soil Scientist to All District conservationists and Soil scientists in Nebraska.

1 - March 9, 1951 – Yearly Summary of Conservation Survey Activities – Lloyd Mitchell, State Soil Scientist, Lincoln, Nebraska memorandum to all Districts Conservationists and Soil Scientists in Nebraska. Link To Article

2 - April 1, 1952 - Yearly Summary of Conservation Survey Activities for 1951 – Lloyd Mitchell, State Soil Scientist SCS, Lincoln memorandum to all Districts Conservationists and Soil Scientists in Nebraska.Link To Article

3 - February 10, 1954 – Yearly Report on Soil Survey Progress for 1953. To State Conservationist, Area Conservationists, and Soil Scientists in Nebraska from Lloyd E. Mitchell, State Soil Scientist, SCS, Lincoln, Nebraska. Link To Article

II - Area assignments and/or supervision for field soil scientists in Nebraska

1 – March 24, 1953 – Area Assignments for Soil Scientists – Memorandum from A. R. Marquardt, Assistant State Conservationist, Lincoln, Nebraska to All Area and Work Unit Conservationists, Survey Supervisors, Soil Scientists, and State Soil Scientist Link To Article

2 – January 1, 1956 – Probably part of yearly State soil survey Plan of Operations – List of Soil Scientists, Grades, and location. Second page includes the Status of Soil Surveys in Nebraska. Acres mapped by county and the percent completed. Link To Article

3 – January 1, 1957 – Part of Annual Plan of Soil Survey Operations. Supervision and Field Review of Surveys, List of Soil Scientists, Grades, and location. Second page includes the Status of Soil Surveys in Nebraska. Acres mapped by county and the percent completed. Link To Article

III - Training and Soils Workshop - Nebraska correspondence – 1950-1960

1 – March 15, 1954 — Transportation to State Soil Scientists Meeting – E.G. Jones, Deputy State Conservationists, Nebraska to All Soil Scientist, All Area Conservationists. Link To Article

2 – November 1, 1960 – Advisory Notice ND-14 Meetings – Soil Scientists Workshops -- from L.E. Mitchel, State Soil Scientist to Area conservationists. Link To Article

IV – Outgoing Report – Soil Scientist

1 - May 13, 1970 – Outgoing Report of Donald A. Yost, Soil Scientist to Rudolph H Hraban, Area Conservationists, Area VII, Scottsbluff, Nebraska Link To Article

Historical Soil Survey - Iowa

Historical Soil Survey – Iowa – List of Iowa Agricultural Experiment Station Soil Scientists – Provided by Tom Fenton, Professor of Soils, Iowa State University - retired

In 1967 the Iowa legislature appropriated money to help support acceleration of the soil survey program in Iowa. Prior to 1967, Iowa counties, generally through the county assessor’s budget, had paid up to ½ of the cost of the field work for a soil survey of their jurisdiction. After the legislative appropriation, cost for the field work was shared by the county, state, and the Soil Conservation Service (SCS). Priority for a soil survey was based on the need for a new soil survey plus the willingness of the county to share in the cost of the field work.

Beginning in 1969,the SCS had personnel ceilings and there was more demand for soil surveys than could be supported by the SCS staff. Since the money was available, soil scientists were hired by Iowa State Agricultural Experiment Station as employees of the Agronomy Department. The soil scientists were evaluated based on Soil Conservation Service standards and paid the equivalent of the federal GS scale, most at either the GS-5 or GS-7 grade. At the peak of the program, surveys were in progress in up to twenty counties per year. The average sized Iowa county required about twelve person years to complete. The party leader was generally a federal employee as party leader with two additional soil scientists who were either SCS or Experiment Station soil scientists. The attached list shows those soil scientist that began their soil survey career on the Iowa Agricultural Experiment Station roles. Link To Article

 


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