Fonds RG 2052 - Department of Biology fonds

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Department of Biology fonds

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RG 2052

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  • 1942-1990, predominant 1967-1990 (Creation)

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2.4 m of textual records

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The Department of Biology was established in 1913. The first professor was W.P. Thompson who would eventually become Dean of Arts and Science and President of the University. Unlike many other Canadian universities the Department of Biology at Saskatchewan remained as a single unit and strove to maintain within itself a balance among the diverse sub-disciplines rather than separating into several distinct departments. Recent research has involved environmental studies including studies of the potential effect of acid rain, mining, logging, and agriculture. The department cooperates with the College of Agriculture to provide a program of Agricultural Biology and offers Paleobiology in conjunction with the Departments of Geological Sciences and Anthropology and Archaeology. The following have served as head of the department: W.P. Thompson (1913-1949); D.S. Rawson (1949-1961); M. Shaw (1961-1968); J.M. Naylor (1968-1973); U.T. Hammer (1973-1976); T.A. Steeves (1976-1982); J. King (1982-1987); R.J.F. Smith (1987-1994); L.C. Fowke (1994- ).

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This fonds contains correspondence, annual reports (1942-1986), budget records, committee minutes, and course outlines (1972-1990) relating to all aspects of the administration and activities of the department. Included are a blueprint and files relating to the construction and opening of the W.P. Thompson Biology Building.

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The material has been organized into the following series:
I. Administrative Records
II. Committees
III. Correspondence
IV. Curriculum and Course Outlines
V. Associations and Conferences
VI. Personnel

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Personal records of faculty, staff, and students are restricted.

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