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Missouri Bureau of Geology and Mines

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Institution. International Exchange Service  Search this
Container:
Box 7 of 21
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 502, Smithsonian Institution, International Exchange Service, Records
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Records / Series 1: Director's domestic correspondence, arranged alphabetic by organization/person. / Box 7
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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James Steele Williams Papers

Creator::
Williams, James Steele, 1896-1957  Search this
Extent:
5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (8 document boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Date:
circa 1918-1960 and undated
Introduction:
The 1879 act establishing the United States Geological Survey (USGS) declares, "And all collections of rocks, minerals, soil, 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:
The papers of James Steele Williams provide documentation of his professional career from the early 1920s until his death in 1957. The papers document his research on Carboniferous and Permian invertebrates; work on various United States Geological Survey (USGS) projects, especially the World War II era investigations of domestic fluorspar resources; field work in the western United States; and professional activities. Materials documenting Williams' teaching career at the University of Missouri and his work for the Missouri Bureau of Geology and Mines are also present. The majority of the collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence found in two series. The first consists of letters exchanged between Williams and paleontologists in the United States. The correspondence concerns all aspects of Williams' professional work, and is particularly valuable in documenting day-to-day activities of the USGS Section of Paleontology. The second series of letters documents professional relations between Williams and foreign paleontologists. This correspondence provides extensive information on Williams' participation at the Seventeenth International Geological Congress in Russia, 1937, and at the Third Congress of Carboniferous Stratigraphy and Geology at Heerlen, Netherlands, 1951.

The papers also include notebooks, mostly from Williams' student days; undated photographs of Williams; classroom materials used by Williams in courses taught at the University of Missouri; and a bibliography of Missouri Geology maintained by Williams.
Historical Note:
James Steele Williams (1896-1957) was an authority on Carboniferous and Permian paleontology and stratigraphy. He was educated at the University of Missouri where he received the B.A. degree in 1921, the M.A. in 1922, and the Ph. D. in 1924. Williams was appointed Instructor of Geology at the University of Missouri in 1921. He continued his academic career until 1930, eventually achieving the position of Associate Professor. In addition to his faculty post, Williams held appointment as Geologist on the staff of the Missouri Bureau of Geology and Mines. In 1930 he joined the United States Geological Survey's (USGS), Section of Paleontology as assistant, and eventually successor, to George Herbert Girty -- a leading specialist on late Paleozoic marine fauna. Williams remained with the USGS for the remainder of his career, and at the time of his death he had risen to the position of Principal Geologist.

After joining the USGS, Williams' paleontological studies were concentrated on the Carboniferous invertebrate fauna of the mid-western United States. His interests later shifted to the Carboniferous and Permian invertebrates of the western United States (primarily the Rocky Mountain states) and Alaska. During several summers from 1930 to 1953, Williams collected fossils with USGS field parties detailed to the West. During World War II, Williams was placed in charge of the USGS investigation of domestic fluorspar resources.

Williams was active within the geological profession and held membership in many organizations - several of which he served in elected or appointed capacities. In 1937 he was a United States delegate to the Seventeenth International Geological Congress in Russia. He traveled to Heerlen, Netherlands, in 1951, as USGS representative at the Third Congress of Carboniferous Stratigraphy and Geology.

For additional biographical information on Williams, see "Memorial to James Steele Williams (1896-1957)," by W. P. Woodring. Proceedings Volume of the Geological Society of America Annual Report for 1957, pp. 171-174, May 1958.
Topic:
Paleontology  Search this
Paleontology -- Carboniferous  Search this
Paleontology -- Permian  Search this
Paleontologists  Search this
Geology  Search this
Geologists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7328, James Steele Williams Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7328
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BIBLIOGRAPHY OF MISSOURI GEOLOGY, CIRCA 1918-1930.

Collection Creator::
Williams, James Steele, 1896-1957  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Note:
This series consists of a bibliography, maintained by Williams on 3x5 cards, of published sources relating to the geology and paleontology of Missouri. The bibliography was created during his concurrent careers at the University of Missouri and the Missouri Bureau of Geology and Mines.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7328, James Steele Williams Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7328, Series 6
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DOMESTIC CORRESPONDENCE, 1921-1960, AND UNDATED. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.

Collection Creator::
Williams, James Steele, 1896-1957  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Note:
This series consists of correspondence exchanged between Williams and paleontological colleagues in the United States. Most of the letters were written after Williams joined the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in 1930. Letters documenting his careers at the University of Missouri and the Missouri Bureau of Geology and Mines are found in small amounts. The correspondence documents most aspects of Williams' career from 1930 to his death in 1957. Particularly well represented is his research on Carboniferous and Permian invertebrates; his fluorspar investigations for the USGS in the 1940s; professional activities, especially his work for the Committee on Pennsylvanian Stratigraphy of the National Research Council (see under Carl O. Dunbar and Raymond C. Moore); his field work in the western United States (see especially under John B. Reeside, Jr.); and activities of the USGS Section of Paleontology (see especially under Reeside, George H. Girty, Mackenzie Gordon, Jr., Wilbert H. Hass).
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7328, James Steele Williams Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7328, Series 1
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Bulletin. no. 1[-5]

Author:
Missouri Bureau of Geology and Mines  Search this
Missouri Geological Survey  Search this
Physical description:
5 v. plates, maps, diagrs. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Missouri
Date:
1890
1890-91]
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Call number:
QE131.A125X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
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edanmdm:siris_sil_233001

Reports on the Geological Survey of the State of Missouri. 1855-1871. By G.C. Broadhead, F.B. Meek and B.F. Shumard. Published by authority of the Legislature, under the direction of the Bureau of Geology and Mines

Author:
Missouri Bureau of Mines, Metallurgy and Geology  Search this
Broadhead, Garland C (Garland Carr) 1827-1912  Search this
Meek, F. B (Fielding Bradford) 1817-1876  Search this
Shumard, B. F (Benjamin Franklin) 1820-1869  Search this
Pumpelly, Raphael 1837-1923  Search this
Missouri Bureau of Geology and Mines  Search this
Missouri Geological Survey  Search this
Physical description:
323, [1] p. front., 3 pl., 9 double maps, fold. tab., diagrs. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Missouri
Date:
1873
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Mines and mineral resources  Search this
Call number:
QE131.A111X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
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Mineral resources of Missouri. Bureau of geology & mines

Author:
Missouri Bureau of Geology and Mines  Search this
Physical description:
34 p. : illus., map. ; 16 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Missouri
Date:
1916
[1916?]
Topic:
Mines and mineral resources  Search this
Call number:
TN24.M8 A75
553.73
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_290658

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