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Maynard A. Fosberg Soil Monolith Collection

The collection was officially dedicated in 1998 to Maynard A. Fosberg, emeritus professor of soil science, who began assembling the collection shortly after his arrival at the university in 1949.

The monolith collection was completely renovated in 2004 with the help of Jason Jimenez. Anita Falen developed cards and created a database of information about each monolith.

In 2007, PSES department head Ding Johnson added railings to secure and protect the monolith collection.

For information regarding the topics and resources below, please contact Anita Falen at

  • Soil Monolith Database (by location)
  • Soil Monolith Database (by soil order number)
  • Soil Monolith Special Collections History
  • UI - CALS Magazine Programs and People, article featuring UI Soil Monolith King, Maynard Fosberg
  • UI Magazine, Here We Have Idaho - Our Surprising Collections, Winter 2006, pg 15
  • Latah Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation Stewardship Award
  • Fosberg Slideshow for Making a Soil Monolith
  • USDA-NRCS Conrad Neitsch Monolith Collection and Preparation for Soils Without Restrictive Layers
  • USDA-NRCS Monolith Preparation and Collection
  • Procedures for Collecting and Preservation of Soil Profiles 

Plant, Soil & Entomological Sciences

Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Rm 242
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2339
Moscow, ID 83844-2339

Phone: 208-885-6274

Fax: 208-885-7760