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Topic:
Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences (Serial)
Creator::
Washington Academy of Sciences (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Extent:
21.5 cu. ft. (43 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Serials (publications)
Scrapbooks
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
circa 1888-1972
Descriptive Entry:
The records of the Academy include proceedings of the Joint Commission, minutes of general Academy and Board of Managers meetings, correspondence, membership applications, scrapbooks, photographs, and publications.
Historical Note:
The Washington Academy of Sciences was incorporated on February 18, 1898. It serves as the federal head of thirty-five affiliated scientific societies in the Washington, D.C., area. Most of the affiliates are local chapters of national organizations; some, however, are independent of any national organization. Each affiliated society selects a delegate to represent that society on the Board of Managers, the governing body of the Academy.

During the 1880s scientists in the Washington area were establishing scientific societies that catered to their needs and interests. As the number of these societies increased, it became obvious that a federation was needed to unite their activities. A Joint Committee of Conference met in 1882 with the union in mind, but the idea was dismissed when the Philosophical Society rejected the plan.

Toward the close of the decade, the desire for a federation was renewed. Thus, in 1888, a Joint Commission was created that served only as an advisory body to the scientific societies; individual societies were not bound to the Commission's decisions. In 1895 the functions of the Joint Commission were enlarged, empowering it to conduct joint meetings, print a Joint Directory of the Scientific Societies of Washington, and act in the interest of all affiliated societies. Resolutions promoting common interests were accepted in 1898, followed by the act of incorporation and bylaws. The incorporators, 14 in number, were designated as the only original members; they adopted the bylaws and elected officers. The Joint Commission held its final meeting on March 22, 1898; the Board of Managers then became the governing body.

Eight scientific societies comprised the original organization of the Washington Academy of Sciences. They were the Anthropological Society of Washington, the Biological Society of Washington, the Chemical Society of Washington, the Entomological Society of Washington, the National Geographical Society, the Geological Society of Washington, the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, and the Philosophical Society of Washington.

The primary function of the Academy is the promotion of science. This is achieved in various activities and publications of the Academy. The Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, and its predecessor, the Proceedings of the Washington Academy of Sciences, are designed to expose scientists, locally and nationally, to current research and studies in the form of scientific papers.

The functions of the Academy are extended to include high school students who manifest an interest and potential for the sciences. A Washington Junior Academy of Sciences exists for talented students. Scientific education is also promoted by the Joint Board on Science Education, which conducts science fairs in public and private schools, presents annual awards to promising high school students as well as to professional scientists for achievements in their research, and by sponsoring grants-in-aid for research.

The membership of the Academy is comprised of two classes--Members and Fellows. One can be accepted as a Member if he or she demonstrates an interest in the sciences and promotes the Academy's activities. A Fellow, on the other hand, must have conducted original research or have made an outstanding contribution to the scientific field.
Topic:
Science  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Genre/Form:
Serials (publications)
Scrapbooks
Manuscripts
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7099, Washington Academy of Sciences (Washington, D.C.), Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 7099
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Geological Society of Washington

Collection Creator::
El-Baz, Farouk  Search this
Container:
Box 39 of 87
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Rights:
Restricted for duration of Farouk El-Baz's lifetime without written permission from Donor. Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7415, Farouk El-Baz Papers
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Farouk El-Baz Papers
Farouk El-Baz Papers / Box 39
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 8 Geological Society of Washington, 1961

Collection Creator::
Cooper, G. Arthur (Gustav Arthur), 1902-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 39
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7318, G. Arthur Cooper Papers
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G. Arthur Cooper Papers
G. Arthur Cooper Papers / Series 1: SCIENTIFIC CORRESPONDENCE, 1904-1993 AND UNDATED WITH RELATED MATERIALS FROM 1865-1892. / Box 9
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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GSW (Geological Society of Washington), 1975

Collection Creator::
Tracey, Joshua I., Jr., 1915-2004  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 02-021, Joshua Irving Tracey Papers
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Joshua Irving Tracey Papers
Joshua Irving Tracey Papers / Box 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Parasitic Worm - Geological Society of Washington (GSW), 1/1983

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Department of Paleobiology  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 11-060, National Museum of Natural History. Department of Paleobiology, Curatorial Correspondence and Memoranda
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Curatorial Correspondence and Memoranda
Curatorial Correspondence and Memoranda / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Geological Society of Washington, 1949-1991

Collection Creator::
Whitmore, Frank C.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 8
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-245, Frank C. Whitmore Papers
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Frank C. Whitmore Papers
Frank C. Whitmore Papers / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Geological Society of Washington Centennial, 1990

Collection Creator::
Whitmore, Frank C.  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 8
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 01-245, Frank C. Whitmore Papers
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Frank C. Whitmore Papers
Frank C. Whitmore Papers / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 9 Geological Society of Washington (GSW), 1932-1938, 1946, 1948, 1957, 1974-1984. Includes notes on the GSW constitution.

Collection Creator::
Gazin, C. Lewis (Charles Lewis), 1904-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 21 of 47
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7314, Charles Lewis Gazin Papers
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Charles Lewis Gazin Papers
Charles Lewis Gazin Papers / Series 5: ORGANIZATIONS, 1930-1984. / Box 21
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Geological Society of Washington

Collection Creator::
National Museum of Natural History. Assistant Director for Automatic Data Processing  Search this
Container:
Box 9 of 15
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-169, National Museum of Natural History. Assistant Director for Automatic Data Processing, Program Records
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Program Records
Program Records / Box 9
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Diamonds, Geological Society of Washington (GSW), May 1981

Collection Creator::
Clarke, Roy S.  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 16-253, Roy S. Clarke Papers
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Roy S. Clarke Papers
Roy S. Clarke Papers / Box 4
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Frank C. Whitmore, Jr, Interview

Creator:
Whitmore, Frank C. interviewee  Search this
Extent:
2 audiotapes (reference copies).
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Date:
1989
Introduction:
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Frank C. Whitmore, Jr., was interviewed for the Oral History Collection by Cain because of his involvement with the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology from its inception to the late 1930s.
Descriptive Entry:
The Frank C. Whitmore, Jr., Interview was conducted in 1989 by Smithsonian Archives visiting fellow, Joseph A. Cain, as part of a research project on the history of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Cain was a graduate student in history of science at the University of Maryland. The interview consists of 2.0 hours of audiotape, 55 pages of transcript, and occupies 0.07 linear meters of shelf space. The Frank C. Whitmore, Jr., Interview discusses his education and career as a vertebrate paleontologist, especially his recollections of the founding of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, reminiscences of colleagues such as Alfred Sherwood Romer and William Berryman Scott, and reflections on the history of the field of vertebrate paleontology in the United States in the twentieth century. Box 1 contains the transcript and cassette copies of the original reel-to-reel recordings, which are in security storage.
Historical Note:
Frank C. Whitmore, Jr., (1915- ), research geologist for the United States Geological Survey [USGS], specialized in the systematics of fossil mammals. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 17 November 1915, he received the A.B. from Amherst College in 1938. He was awarded the M.S. in invertebrate paleontology in 1939 from Pennsylvania State University. He completed his graduate training in vertebrate paleontology at Harvard University, under Alfred Sherwood Romer, receiving the A.M. in 1941 and Ph.D. in 1942. In 1939, he married Martha Burling Kremers, and they had four children, Geoffrey Mason, John Kremers, Katherine Burling and Susan Hale Whitmore.

After graduation, Whitmore taught geology at Rhode Island State College from 1942 to 1944. He was appointed a Geologist at the USGS in 1944, but was detailed as a scientific consultant to the U.S. Army in the Philippines, Japan and Korea from 1945 to 1946. In 1946, he became Chief of the Military Geology Branch of the USGS, a position he held through 1959. He then transferred to the USGS Paleontology and Stratigraphy located in the Natural History Building [NHB] where he worked as a research geologist on the systematics of fossil mammals, especially Tertiary Cetacea. His field work focused on the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain, Panama, Kentucky and Alaska. He was also appointed a research associate of the National Museum of Natural History [NMNH] during his tenure in the museum.

An active member of the paleontological community since the 1930s, Whitmore joined the Geological Society of America [GSA] while a graduate student, serving as vertebrate paleontology section chair in 1972. He was present at the formative meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology [SVP] in 1938 and remained active in that society, as well as the Paleontological Society [PS], the Geological Society of Washington, as President in 1970, and the Paleontological Society of Washington, as President in 1950.
Topic:
Paleontology  Search this
Geology.  Search this
Records of meetings, organizations, and professional societies  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Audiotapes
Oral history
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9557, Whitmore, Frank C. interviewee, Frank C. Whitmore, Jr, Interview
Identifier:
Record Unit 9557
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Geological Society of Washington Business

Collection Creator:
Gordon, Mackenzie,1913-  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 95-078, Gordon, Mackenzie,1913-, Mackenzie Gordon, Jr, Papers
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Mackenzie Gordon, Jr, Papers
Mackenzie Gordon, Jr, Papers / Box 5
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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John B. Reeside, Jr., Papers

Creator::
Reeside, John B. (John Bernard), 1889-1958  Search this
Extent:
2.5 cu. ft. (4 document boxes) (2 half document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1916-1958 and undated
Introduction:
The 1879 act establishing the United States Geological Survey (USGS) declares "And all collections of rocks, minerals, soils, and fossils, and objects of natural history, archaeology, and ethnology, made by the Coast and Interior Survey, the Geological Survey, or by any other parties for the Government of the United States, when no longer needed for investigations in progress, shall be deposited in the National Museum." Many of the paleontologists affiliated with the USGS Paleontology and Stratigraphy Branch have been stationed at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) to study and care for the national collections. This close working relationship between the USGS and the NMNH has resulted in the Smithsonian Archives acquiring records and special collections documenting paleontological work of the Survey and its scientists.
Descriptive Entry:
This collection consists of papers that document Reeside's career at the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The majority of the papers date from the mid-1940s to 1958 and document his paleontological research and his service in professional organizations. Included is incoming and outgoing correspondence written primarily between 1950 and 1958. The correspondence mostly documents Reeside's paleontological research on ammonites, especially his studies of Neogastropites. The letters also concern specimen identification; the preparation and publication of scientific manuscripts; professional activities; and the work of the Committee on Geological Names and other USGS business. The collection also provides documentation of Reeside's service in professional organizations. Of special interest are records concerning Reeside's role in the founding and initial activities of the American Geological Institute, and his service as an officer of the Geological Society of America. Also included in the collection are a variety of personnel and administrative records generated during his career with the USGS, and a brief autobiographical statement prepared by Reeside.

Researchers should consult SI Archives Accession 88-180 for records documenting Reeside's seventeen year-career as Chief of the USGS Paleontology and Stratigraphy Branch.
Historical Note:
John B. Reeside, Jr., (1889-1958) was a geologist specializing in the study of the Mesozoic stratigraphy and paleontology of the western United States. While receiving his education at The Johns Hopkins University (A.B., 1911; Ph.D., 1915), he joined the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as a part-time assistant with the field parties mapping coal-bearing areas in North Dakota and Wyoming. Reeside remained with the USGS for his entire professional career. He served in a variety of positions including Assistant Geologist, 1915-1919; Paleontologist, 1919-1920; and Geologist, 1920-1932. From 1932 to 1949, Reeside was Chief of the Paleontology and Stratigraphy Branch. He retired from the post in 1949 to resume full-time research as a geologist. Reeside also served on the USGS Committee on Geological Names from 1929 to 1958, and acted as Chairman from 1947 to 1952. He was an honorary Research Associate in invertebrate paleontology at the United States National Museum from 1944 until his death.

Reeside was internationally recognized as an authority on the Mesozoic stratigraphy and fauna of the western interior of the United States. He was the author of over 70 scientific papers, almost evenly divided between stratigraphy and descriptive paleontology. Three genera and twenty-one species of fossil invertebrates were named in his honor. Reeside was active professionally and served as President of the Geological Society of Washington, 1941; President of the Paleontological Society, 1943; and Vice-President of the Geological Society of America in 1935 and 1944. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Geological Institute, 1948-1949.

For additional biographical information on Reeside see "Memorial to John Bernard Reeside, Jr. (1889-1958)," by Ralph W. Imlay. Proceedings Volume of the Geological Society of America Annual Report for 1954, pp. 173-178. 1959.
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Geologists  Search this
Paleontologists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7326, John B. Reeside, Jr., Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7326
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Folder 8 Geological Society of Washington, 1950-1952

Collection Creator::
Reeside, John B. (John Bernard), 1889-1958  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7326, John B. Reeside, Jr., Papers
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John B. Reeside, Jr., Papers
John B. Reeside, Jr., Papers / Series 2: ORGANIZATIONAL FILES, 1943-1958. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 5
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Directory of scientific societies of Washington, comprising an Anthroplogical, Biological, Chemical, Entomological, Geological, National Geographic, and Philosophic societies

Author:
Anthropological Society of Washington (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Biological Society of Washington  Search this
Chemical Society of Washington, Washington, D.C  Search this
Entomological Society of Washington  Search this
Geological Society of Washington  Search this
National Geographic Society (U.S.)  Search this
Philosophical Society of Washington  Search this
Physical description:
10 v. 23 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Directories
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1889
1898
Topic:
Scientific societies--Directories  Search this
Learned institutions and societies  Search this
Call number:
Q11 .W35X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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edanmdm:siris_sil_322245

Random records of a lifetime, 1846-1931 [actually 1932] volume III, part I-II, Yellowstone explorations, 1872-1878

Title:
Random records, vol. 3, pt. 1-2
Creator:
Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933  Search this
Author:
Hayden, F. V (Ferdinand Vandeveer) 1829-1887  Search this
Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume illustrations, clippings, photographs, letters. 27 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Yellowstone National Park
Date:
1870
1870-1932
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Call number:
CT275.H75 A1 v. 3
CT275.H75 A1
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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edanmdm:siris_sil_1063467
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Charles Doolittle Walcott

Author:
Smith, George Otis 1871-1944  Search this
Subject:
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927  Search this
Walcott, Mary Vaux 1860-1940  Search this
Walcott, Helena Breese Stevens  Search this
Roosevelt, Theodore 1858-1919  Search this
Agassiz, Louis 1807-1873  Search this
Walcott, B. Stuart  Search this
Walcott, Sidney Stevens  Search this
United States Geological Survey (USGS)  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)  Search this
American Association for the Advancement of Science  Search this
American Philosophical Society  Search this
United States National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics  Search this
United States Bureau of Mines  Search this
Geological Society of America  Search this
Washington Academy of Sciences  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts  Search this
National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian  Search this
United States Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service  Search this
National Research Council  Search this
Carnegie Institution of Washington  Search this
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Geological Society of London  Search this
Geological Society of Washington  Search this
Smithsonian African Expedition (1909-1910)  Search this
International Geological Congress  Search this
Physical description:
pp. 555-561
Place:
British Columbia
Date:
1928
Topic:
Biography  Search this
Secretaries  Search this
Geology  Search this
Awards  Search this
Invertebrates, Fossil  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Burgess Shale (B.C.)  Search this
Awards and Honors  Search this
Geologists  Search this
Societies  Search this
Learned institutions and societies  Search this
Paleontology  Search this
Medals  Search this
Publisher:
Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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edanmdm:siris_sic_3520

Centennial history of the Geological Society of Washington, 1893-1993 / edited by Eugene C. Robertson

Author:
Geological Society of Washington  Search this
Robertson, Eugene C  Search this
Subject:
Geological Society of Washington  Search this
Geological Survey (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
x, 165 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Geology--Societies, etc--History  Search this
Geologists--Biography  Search this
Call number:
QE1 .G491c 1993
QE1.G491c 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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edanmdm:siris_sil_450029

Presidential address : with constitution and standing rules, abstracts of minutes and lists of officers and members, 1896 / by Samuel Frank Emmons ; edited by C. W. Hayes and T. W. Stanton, secretaries

Author:
Emmons, Samuel Franklin 1841-1911  Search this
Geological Society of Washington  Search this
Subject:
Geological Society of Washington  Search this
Physical description:
60 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1897
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
Call number:
QE35 .E55Z
QE35.E55Z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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edanmdm:siris_sil_230522

Presidential address / by Charles Doolittle Walcott ; with abstracts of minutes and lists of officers and members, 1893-1894, edited by Whitman Cross and J.S. Diller, secretaries

Author:
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927  Search this
Geological Society of Washington  Search this
Subject:
Geological Survey (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
46 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1895
[1895]
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Call number:
QE35 .W35 1895Z
QE35.W35 1895Z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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edanmdm:siris_sil_230531

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