Series Fonds 8.A - Research Files

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Research Files

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Fonds 8.A

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  • 1928-1961 (Creation)

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2.5 m of textual records

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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 series contains record books, correspondence, copies of reports and manuscripts pertaining to research carried out by Dr. Rawson. The series contains material on Lake Simcoe, Prince Albert National Park, Kamloops, Paul Lake, Clear Lake, Riding Mountain National Park, Okanagan Lake, Elk Island National Park, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Big River, Great Slave Lake, Lake Athabaska, Bow River, Kananaskis River, Mosher Lake, Nesslin Lake, Amisk Lake, Amethyst Lake, Lac La Ronge, Upper Churchill Lakes, Cree Lake, Wollaston Lake, Churchill River and Stanley Mission.

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This series is organized into 42 subseries, each representing an area of limnological research undertaken by Dr. Rawson. Sometimes the subseries are the titles of single scientific papers but more often they are geographical regions about which several fonds were written.

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