Date of Award

Spring 1981

Document Type


Degree Name

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.

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