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Fonds F0466 - Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists fonds

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Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists fonds


  • 1949-1999 (Creation)

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10.7 m of textual records. -- ca. 3000 photographs. -- 14 audio cassettes. -- 2 film reels

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The Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) was founded in Calgary, Alberta on June 2, 1949, with John O. Galloway as its first president. The society was incorporated later that year. Its objects are to promote the science of geophysics, especially as it applies to mineral and petroleum exploration, and to promote fellowship and cooperation among people interested in geophysical science. In 1952 it became affiliated with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The CSEG holds technical meetings and conferences at which speakers present papers on topics of interest to the geophysical profession. It also publishes a scholarly journal and a magazine, awards scholarships, and holds social events for members. For further information see: Traces through time /David Finch. – Calgary : Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 1985.


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Gifts of The Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, 1985-2011, and David Finch, 2011.

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The fonds consists of the constitution and bylaws, minutes, annual reports, financial statements, membership lists, correspondence, and photographs. Includes organizational records of conventions and conferences; records of the Ladies’ Auxiliary (1966-1995) including many photographs; and records of the Doodlebug Golf Tournament (1953-1971). Includes records of the Society of Edmonton Geophysicists (1958-1972). Includes collected technical manuals and wiring diagrams for seismographic equipment (1956-1970). Includes David Finch’s research notes and collected source material for his book Traces through Time; A. Easton Wren’s historic collection; and Finch’s recorded interviews with prominent Canadian geophysicists John C. Hollister, Alex Herz, Bruce Nodwell, Don Axford, J. Tuzo Wilson, David Strangway, Jack Porter, Roy O. Lindseth, David Savage, Harold Farney, Ralph Steeves, Fred Foo, A.E. Pallister, and Arne Nielsen.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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The publications Proceedings of the 1973 National Convention, Journal of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (1964-1999), C.S.E.G. Newsletter (1959-1976), and CSEG Recorder (1976- ) have been transferred to the Glenbow Library. A file of CSEG photographs is in the Canadian Society Petroleum Geologists fonds at PA-2166-(187-240).

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M-8827 has been amalgamated with the other call numbers.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018




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