Fonds RG 2039 - Department of Geology fonds

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Department of Geology fonds

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RG 2039

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  • 1920-1960, predominant 1946-1955 (Creation)

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1 m of textual records, graphic materials, and cartographic materials

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Administrative history

The Department of Geology was established in 1927, three years before the province gained responsibility over its mineral resources. In 1935, through the College of Engineering, an undergraduate program in geological engineering was begun. This was supplementary to the course in Arts and soon became the more popular of the two. The department moved closer to Engineering with the responsibility for its budget moving to the Dean of Engineering. The post-1950 era marked a period of expansion and diversification with a concentration on programs designed to support the mining and petroleum industries. In 1967 the department once again came under the administration of the College of Arts and Science. The following have served as head of the department: J.B. Mawdsley (1927-1960); F.H. Edmunds (1960-1965); A.R. Byers (1965-1972); W.G.E. Caldwell (1972-1988); H.E. Hendry (1988- ).

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This fonds contains the papers of two department heads, J.B. Mawdsley and A.R. Byers. It includes maps, charts, field notes, memoranda, reports, and photographs relating to various geological studies.

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The material has been organized into two series:
I. J.B. Mawdsley
II. A.R. Byers

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Access to files containing personal information about faculty, staff or students in restricted.

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