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Published Soil Surveys for Massachusetts

Current, official soil survey information is on the Web Soil Survey. The Web Soil Survey allows you to create custom reports by selecting a specific area of interest. In the table below, clicking on a survey area that is listed as "current" takes you to the Web Soil Survey.

Historical and supplemental documents are available below. Printed soil survey reports were the main source of soils information from 1899 to 2005. Most of these reports are county-based, have been converted to PDF, and are available from links below. The reports are also available at Federal depository libraries. USDA phased out the printing of reports after making Web Soil Survey the official source for information in 2005.

Most of the archived soil survey reports include detailed soil maps. For help accessing these historical maps, click here.

In some cases, the published reports are available at local USDA offices. For information about reference copies of a publication or for information about publications that are not on the following list, contact the State Conservationist.

Soil survey name (Click links for online surveys.)   Date Archived PDF online Web Soil Survey (generated from official soil data)
Barnstable County   1993 Yes No
Barnstable County   current No Yes
Berkshire County   1929 No No
Berkshire County   1988 Yes No
Berkshire County   current No Yes
Bristol County, Northern Part   1978 Yes No
Bristol County, Northern Part   current No Yes
Bristol County, Southern Part   1981 Yes No
Bristol County, Southern Part   current No Yes
Dukes County   1986 Yes No
Dukes County   current No Yes
Dukes and Nantucket Counties   1925 No No
Essex County, Northern Part   1981 Yes No
Essex County, Northern Part   current No Yes
Essex County, Southern Part   1984 Yes No
Essex County, Southern Part   current No Yes
Essex County   1925 No No
Franklin County   1929 Yes No
Franklin County   1967 Yes No
Franklin County   current No Yes
Hampden County, Central Part   1978 Yes No
Hampden County, Central Part   current No Yes
Hampden and Hampshire Counties, Eastern Part   1989 Yes No
Hampden and Hampshire Counties, Eastern Part   current No Yes
Hampden and Hampshire Counties, Western Part   1995 Yes No
Hampden and Hampshire Counties, Western Part   current No Yes
Hampden and Hampshire Counties   1928 No No
Hampshire County, Central Part   1981 Yes No
Hampshire County, Central Part   current No Yes
Middlesex County   1924 No No
Middlesex County   2009 Yes No
Middlesex County   current No Yes
Nantucket County   1979 Yes No
Nantucket County   current No Yes
Norfolk and Suffolk Counties   1989 Yes No
Norfolk and Suffolk Counties   current No Yes
Norfolk, Bristol, and Barnstable Counties   1924 No No
Plymouth County   1912 Yes No
Plymouth County   1969 Yes No
Plymouth County   current No Yes
Worcester County, Northeastern Part   1985 Yes No
Worcester County, Northeastern Part   current No Yes
Worcester County, Northwestern Part   current No Yes
Worcester County, Southern Part   1998 Yes No
Worcester County, Southern Part   current No Yes
Worcester County   1927 No No