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Department of Geology Field Notebooks and Catalogs

Identifier: 11/3/14/12

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Scope and Contents

The Department of Geology Field Notebooks and Catalogs fill five boxes and span the dates 1881 to 1953. The bulk of the materials in this collection dates fro 1916 to 1953. The collection is divided into two subseries, field notebooks and catalogs of minerals and rocks.

The field notebooks take the general form of diaries, with chronologically-arranged entries documenting geological expeditions and observations.  The notebooks include brief narratives as well as measurements, tabulations, position descriptions, and hand-drawn illustrations of geological formations.

Catalogs of minerals and rocks identify specimens acquired for the Department of Geology's collection. The catalogs typically list specimens according to an identification number and type-of-rock classification. Sometimes the catalogs include information relating to the place and date of a specimen's acquisition and the name of the item's collector.


  • 1881-1953


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


5.00 Boxes

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This collection contains field notebooks, cross section books, and catalogues of minerals, composed by professors, instructors, and students of Northwestern University's Geology Department between 1881 and 1953.


The collection is organized into: field notebooks (arranged in alphabetical order by geologist's surname, or location); and catalogs of minerals and rocks (arranged by physical format).

Method of Acquisition

The Department of Geology Field Notebooks and Catalogs were transferred to the University Archives on May 11, 2004 (Accession #04-70).

Related Materials

See also Ulysses Sherman Grant Papers, Oliver Marcy Papers, Arthur Howland Papers, and photograph files of the Geology Department.

Guide to the Department of Geology Field Notebooks and Catalogs
Yvonne Spura
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US