Guide to the Department of Geological Sciences Theses and Dissertations

Collection Title: Department of Geological Sciences Theses and Dissertations
Dates: 1960-1973
Identification: 11/3/14/5
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Geology
Extent: 3 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: This series, comprising three boxes, includes a small variety of master's theses and doctoral dissertations written by graduate students in the Department of Geological Sciences. These theses and dissertations span the years from 1960 to 1973. The series does not form a complete record of graduate work sponsored by the Department during these years. Rather, these theses and dissertations mainly represent some of the work sponsored by E.H. Timothy Whitten, professor in the Department.
Acquisition Information: This series (Acc. #81-201) was separated from the E. H. Timothy Whitten Papers received from the Department of Geological Sciences on September 9, 1981
Processing Information: Processor: Kevin B. Leonard; September, 1981.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Geology at Northwestern University was first offered as a course in natural history in 1856. At that time the field of natural history included botany, zoology and mineralogy. Despite a limited knowledge of geology, Oliver Marcy accepted appointment as Northwestern's first professor of natural science in 1862. For the next thirty-seven years he taught all of the University's courses in natural history. In 1892 the professorship of natural history was changed to a professorship of geology. Geology was still a part of the Department of Natural History and involved the fields dynamical geology, structural geology and geography, and historical geology.

Oliver Marcy died in 1899 and Northwestern president Henry Wade Rogers choose geologist Ulysses Sherman Grant to succeed Marcy. Grant soon became chairman of the Department of Geology and Geography. He spent his summers in the field, traveling widely across the United States and Alaska, and filling his notebooks with drawings and descriptions of daily activities. Some of his notebooks are located in this collection. Until his death in 1932, Grant specialized on the regions of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Alaska, searching for iron and copper-bearing ore, zinc and lead deposits, mineral resources, gas and oil.

Arthur L. Howland, Robert M. Garrels and David V. Harris, Oscar E. Gram and Howard W. Miller organized trips to explore the large chromite deposits in Montana during the late 1930s and early 1940s, areas of importance to industry and war manufacture.

At the same time William E. Powers mapped the general geology of Massachusetts with special consideration for road materials. Of economic as well as scientific importance was the investigation of gravel, clay and sand deposits of glacial origin in the valley of the Connecticut River. Notes and drawings of Powers trips are located in this collection. So are the field notebooks of John T. Stark, who went to Colorado in the summer of 1943 to examine an iron ore deposit to predict its extent and grade. Despite its relative inaccessibility – heights at Elk Mountain reach up to 13,000 feet - it was meant to be a possible supplement to the other domestic iron ore resources.

After World War II, efforts were made within the Department of Geology to develop mathematical geology. Mathematical techniques were applied to the exploitation of oil-bearing formations and other minerals and their accurate mapping and interpretation. The Department became a leader in research programs that were of special interest to the petroleum industry.

Scope and Content

This series, comprising three boxes, includes a small variety of master's theses and doctoral dissertations written by graduate students in the Department of Geological Sciences. These theses and dissertations span the years from 1960 to 1973. The series does not form a complete record of graduate work sponsored by the Department during these years. Rather, these theses and dissertations mainly represent some of the work sponsored by E.H. Timothy Whitten, professor in the Department.

Arrangement of Materials

Theses and dissertations are arranged alphabetically according to authors' surnames. In instances where an author is represented by both a thesis and a dissertation, the papers are then arranged chronologically.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Geology

Subjects

Dissertations, Academic--United States--Bibliography

Geochemistry--Bibliography

Geology--Bibliography

Geophysics--Bibliography


Container List / Contents

  • Theses and Dissertations
    • A Study of the York River Formation - M.S. thesis, 1962Box 1, Folder 1
    • Intermediate Report on the Chandler Fort-Daniel Area Bonaventure and Gaspe-South CountiesBox 1, Folder 2
    • A Structural Study of the Chandler Port-Daniel Area Bonaventure and Gaspe-South Counties - Ph.D. diss., 1964Box 1, Folder 3
    • Ordovician Vulcanism in Great Britain and Ireland: Nature, Distribution and Thickness of the Vulcanic Rocks with Special Reference to Cross Fell Inlier – M.S. thesis, 1960Box 1, Folder 4
    • Precambrian Granitic Complex of Northeastern Wisconsin - Ph .D. diss., 1962Box 1, Folder 5
    • Mathematical and Statistical Models for Prediction of Ore Distribution Patterns in Mines of the Witwaterstand Basin, South Africa - Ph.D. diss., 1969Box 1, Folder 6
        Extent:: pp. front matter, 1-140
    • Mathematical and Statistical Models for Prediction of Ore Distribution Patterns in Mines of the Witwaterstand Basin, South Africa - Ph.D. diss., 1969Box 1, Folder 7
        Extent:: pp. 141-283
    • Structural Analysis of the Chickies Creek Area, Southeastern Pennsylvania - M.S. thesis, 1965Box 2, Folder 1
    • Variations of Flood Basalts of the Columbia River Plateau, Central Washington - Ph. D. diss., 1966Box 2, Folder 2
        Extent:: pp. front matter, 1-83
    • Variations of Flood Basalts of the Columbia River Plateau, Central Washington - Ph. D. diss., 1966Box 2, Folder 3
        Extent:: pp. 84-211
    • Relationship of Composition and Original Thickness of Lithologic Layers to Geometries Developed During Folding - M.S. thesis, 1973Box 2, Folder 4
    • Jointing in a Quaternary Basalt, Buckboard Mesa, Nevada, and Its Effect on Cratering Experiments - Ph.D. diss., 1967Box 2, Folder 5
        Extent:: pp. i-xvi, 1-78
    • Jointing in a Quaternary Basalt, Buckboard Mesa, Nevada, and Its Effect on Cratering Experiments - Ph.D. diss., 1967Box 2, Folder 6
        Extent:: pp. 79-167
    • Jointing in a Quaternary Basalt, Buckboard Mesa, Nevada, and Its Effect on Cratering Experiments - Ph.D. diss., 1967Box 2, Folder 7
        Extent:: pp. 168-237
    • Stratigraphy and Structure of a Part of the Hopwell Area, Nova Scotia, With Emphasis on the Horton Group - M.S. thesis, 1962Box 2, Folder 8
    • The Structure and Petrology of the Basler-Eau Claire Granite Complex - Ph.D. diss., 1966Box 3, Folder 1
        Extent:: pp. front matter, 1-122
    • The Structure and Petrology of the Basler-Eau Claire Granite Complex - Ph.D. diss., 1966Box 3, Folder 2
        Extent:: pp. 123-204, addenda, maps
    • A Detailed Structural Analysis of the Minor Structures of the Williamstown Area - M.S. thesis, 1965Box 3, Folder 3
    • Petrogenesis of a Quartz Diorite Pluton Near Pembine, Wisconsin - M.S. thesis, 1965Box 3, Folder 4
    • A Structural and Statistical Study of Migmatites in the Front Range, Colorado - M.S. thesis, 1965Box 3, Folder 5