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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the University of Chicago Department of Geology Records 1923-1941

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

University of Chicago. Department of Geology. Records

Dates:

1923-1941

Size:

1 linear foot (2 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

The Department of Geology was founded in 1892, and produced influential research until 1961, when it merged with the Department of Meteorology to form the Department of the Geophysical Sciences. This collection contains correspondence, departmental publications, organizational material and other administrative records of the Department of Geology.

Information on Use

Access

Open for research. No restrictions

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: University of Chicago. Department of Geology. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The Department of Geology was founded in 1892 by Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin and Rollin D. Salisbury, who also launched the Journal of Geology in the following year. Early research in the department focused on regional studies and surveys, but fundamental problems of geology, particularly geochemistry, were emphasized beginning in the late 1910s. It produced more Ph.D.s in the field than any other geology department in the country, and influential research in areas such as petrology, sedimentary geology and paleontology continued through the mid-twentieth century. In 1961, the department merged with the Department of Meteorology, forming the Department of the Geophysical Sciences.

Scope Note

This collection contains correspondence, departmental publications, organizational material and other administrative records of the Department of Geology, spanning the early 1920s through the early 1940s. The largest segment of the collection is a chronological correspondence file of Edson S. Bastin, who served as chair of the department from 1922 to 1944; much of this correspondence relates to administrative activities in the department. Also included is an alphabetical sequence of inquiries from prospective students, material used to organize field trips, correspondence of the Society of Economic Geologists, and other material documenting student work and administrative activities in the department.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/select.html

Bastin, Edson Sunderland. Papers

University of Chicago. Department of Meteorology. Records

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1    Folder 1

Bastin, Edson S., silver enrichment research, correspondence and drafts, 1923-1924

Box 1    Folder 2

Bastin, Edson S., source bed research project, correspondence, 1926

Box 1    Folder 3

Bastin, Edson S., correspondence, 1923-1931

Box 1    Folder 4

Bastin, Edson S., correspondence, 1932-1933

Box 1    Folder 5

Bastin, Edson S., correspondence, 1934-1935

Box 1    Folder 6

Bastin, Edson S., correspondence, 1936

Box 1    Folder 7

Bastin, Edson S., correspondence, 1937-1938

Box 1    Folder 8

Bastin, Edson S., correspondence, 1939-1941

Box 1    Folder 9-13

Prospective students, correspondence, A-Z, 1931-1940

Box 2   Folder 1

Spring field trip, Iron Mountain, Missouri, organizational material, 1932

Box 2   Folder 2

Spring field trip, Marquette Iron Range, organizational material, 1933

Box 2   Folder 3

Tri-State Field Conference, organizational material, 1934-1941

Box 2   Folder 4

Midwest Association for Geologic Field Instruction, material for circulars, 1936

Box 2   Folder 5

Spring field trip, Missouri, organizational material, 1939

Box 2   Folder 6

Society of Economic Geologists, correspondence, 1923-1932

Box 2   Folder 7

Society of Economic Geologists, correspondence, 1933

Box 2   Folder 8

Society of Economic Geologists, correspondence, 1934-1940

Box 2   Folder 9

Departmental circulars and drafts, 1933-1934

Box 2   Folder 10

Departmental circulars, drafts and notes, 1937-1941

Box 2   Folder 11

Mailing lists, 1935-1939

Box 2   Folder 12

Departmental organizational chart, 1939

Box 2   Folder 13

Lists of undergraduates in Geology, 1923-1935