Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
The Coast Survey is one of the oldest scientific agencies
created by the Federal Government. Under the direction of
Alexander Dallas Bache, the Survey has been called "antebellum
America's great·est·I, attempt at applied science."1
This paper will examine the impact A. D. Bache's superintendency
had upon the growth of the Survey (1843-1867). In order to
achieve this objective this paper will examine the congressional
legislative growth of the Coast Survey and other
background information concerning the Survey. Next this
paper will investigate the life and times of A. D. Bache.
After a discussion of these two topics this article will study
the relationship between Bache and the Survey.
Lefkowitz, Robert Arnold, "A. D. Bache and the coast survey" (1981). Honors Theses. 259.