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Fonds F0467 - Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists fonds

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Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists fonds


  • 1926-2002 (Creation)

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18 m of textual records. -- 398 photographs. -- 98 audio cassettes. -- 8 audio reels. -- 3 film reels

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Biographical history

The Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists was founded in 1927 as an umbrella organization for geologists in various businesses and at the University of Alberta. It goal was “to promote and further the study of petroleum geology and its related sciences”. Papers were published to give a theoretical base to exploration in western Canada, and in 1950 the first ASPG Field Conference was held in Banff. In 1955 The Journal of the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists was first published. The society hosted the First International Symposium on the Geology of the Arctic in 1960, and in 1964 it published The Geology of Western Canada. The ASPG became the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists in January 1973, and the CSPG continues to provide its members with updates in petroleum and related sciences; personal contact with other practicing geologists; opportunities to take part in field trips, field conferences and core conferences; continuing education opportunities; and professional recognition through an awards program. The CSPG also hosts significant conferences and symposia, and produces various geological publications, including The Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology (journal) and Reservoir (newsletter). In 1996 the society had approximately 3300 members. For further information see Field Notes : The Story of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists / David Finch. -- Calgary : Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, 2002.


Archival history

Part of this fonds was donated first to the University of Calgary Library, which subsequently transferred the records to the Glenbow Archives.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gifts of Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the University of Calgary Library, 1980-2006.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of administrative subject files (1927-1976) which include minutes, membership lists, committee records, budgets and financial statements, and files related to awards, conferences and publications; minutes (1977-1991); subject files (1977-1988) divided into these ten sub-series: Executive Committee, Business Committees, Conventions and Seminars, Publications, Scientific Programs, Awards, Special Committees / Social Programs, Public Services, Divisions, and Liaisons; records related to conventions hosted or co-hosted by the society (1967-1991); proceedings and sound recordings of speakers at the National Conference on Earth Sciences (1965-1981); Medal of Merit records (1953-1988); membership applications (1953-1997); photographs (1926-1978) of executives and members, field trips, field work, conferences, core samples, and the Turner Valley fields; Ted Link’s photographs and glass slides (1943-1959); sound recordings of conferences (1955-1961); and films (1957-1975) of a geological field trip and the Calgary area.

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Access to the membership applications is limited to bona fide representatives of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and to the applicants concerned or their descendants.

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The material is in English.

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Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Publications of the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists / Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists are held by the Glenbow Library.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018




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