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Department of Geology Field Notebooks and Catalogs

 Collection
Identifier: 11/3/14/12
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.

Dates

  • 1881-1953

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Extent

5.00 Boxes

Abstract

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.

Arrangement

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.
Title
Guide to the Department of Geology Field Notebooks and Catalogs
Author
Yvonne Spura
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
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