In 1935, Congress passed legislation funding the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Snow Survey Program, which provides mountain snowpack data and water supply forecasts for the western United States. The records of the service include slides, photographs, and films of snow survey sites and equipment, agency employees, and public outreach events. For more information see the finding aid.

This digital collection, with materials dated 1952 to 1991, includes two audio recordings narrating snow survey slide presentations and two films demonstrating snow surveying.

Recent Submissions

  • Snow Harvest 

    Author(s):Webster, Nicholas; United States. Department of Agriculture; Harper, Frank B.
    Date:1952
    Directed and photographed by Nicholas Webster. Film follows snow surveyors Wayne and Glenn around as they sample snowpack near Sun Valley, Idaho, and then the film shows how scientists gather and use the data collected on ...
  • Wayne Smith and Homer Stockwell 

    Author(s):Smith, Wayne; Stockwell, Homer
    Date:undated
    Footage of Wayne Smith and Homer Stockwell demonstrating snow surveying. Film is unedited and amateur in quality.
  • Snow Survey - Public Participation 

    Author(s):United States. Soil Conservation Service
    Date:1979-12
    Narration for "Public Participation Slide Show," a 61-image slide show about the Soil Conservation Service's national snow surveying program and its history. The narrator explains how data is collected (manually or through ...
  • Snow survey 

    Author(s):United States. Soil Conservation Service
    Date:1991
    Narration for "4/91 Snow Surveys in Colorado," also entitled "Snow Survey & Water Supply Forecasting Program," an 82-image slide show about the Soil Conservation Service's snow surveying program in Colorado. The narrator ...