Fonds MG 8 - D.S. Rawson fonds

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D.S. Rawson fonds

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MG 8

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  • 1926-1961 (Creation)

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8.2 m of textual records
12 photograph albums
11 slides

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Donald Strathearn Rawson was born in Claremont, Ontario on May 19, 1905. He attended the University of Toronto starting in 1922 and had earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. by 1929. Rawson joined the University of Saskatchewan’s Biology Department as Assistant Professor of Zoology in 1928 and became Head of the Department in 1949. Rawson’s field of study was limnology (study of inland aquatic ecosystems) and he made limnological investigations of a number of lakes and other fresh water bodies in Canada, particularly Western Canada, publishing numerous scientific papers. The aim of his research was to provide a scientific basis for improved fisheries management. Rawson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1944; served as president of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography in 1947; was a member of the Royal Commission on Fisheries in Saskatchewan in 1948; was Canadian representative of the International Association of Limnology in 1949; and was a member of the Fisheries Research Board from 1959 to 1961. Rawson died on February 16, 1961.

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This fonds consists of notes, record books, and reports concerning Rawson's limnological research: particularly his studies done in Prince Albert National Park (1928-1934); the national parks areas of the Rocky Mountains (1935-1941); Riding Mountain National Park; Reindeer, Athabasca, and Great Slave Lake; and Lac La Ronge, Amisk Lake, and the Churchill drainage system (1942 onward). Additionally, there is considerable correspondence with a number of Rawson's colleagues and with various national organizations. The fonds also includes speeches, maps, and lecture notes. There are also photograph albums which contain family images, images of research trips, and of various flora and fauna.

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The original arrangement of the papers has been retained by archives staff but have been divided into five series: Research Files, Correspondence, Speeches, Printed Material, and Maps. The largest proportion of the material falls into the first two series. The files have been stripped of duplicate material, rough notes, raw data, and preliminary diagrams.

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Use, publication, and/or reproduction of records are subject to the terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

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