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1957 field notes

Item is a bound notebook containing field notes from Smith's travels and site visits around England. Item contains observations of geological sites, descriptions of mineral samples and compositions, and hand drawn diagrams of sites including the Purbeck area of Dorset and locations around Cornwall such as Cape Cornwall, Poldhu Cove, and Polurrian Cove.

1958 field notes

Item is a bound notebook containing field notes from Smith's travels and site visits around the United Kingdom, primarily Scotland. Item contains research notes, descriptions of sites, samples collected, and hand drawn diagrams.

1958-1959 field notes

Item is a bound notebook containing field notes from Smith's travels and site visits around Canada. Item contains: diagrams of the succession of rock thickness, descriptions of samples of Lower Devonian rocks from around Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Cape Gaspe, Quebec, and field notes and diagrams from a separate trip through British Columbia with stops in Banff, Fernie, and Jasper.

1960s field notes

Item is a bound notebook containing field notes from Smith's excursions to different geological sites in Scotland, including the dolerite plug at Sithean Sluaigh, Loch Tay, the island of Gigha, and Ardmocknish Bay. Item contains notes on observations, samples collected, hand drawn diagrams of sites and formations, and loose pages of geological symbols, and charts.

1964 field notes

Item is bound notebook containing Smith's field notes from site visits in Northern Ireland including the Goraghwppd Quarry and Slieve Gullion Complex. Item contains notes on site observations and samples collected.

1964-1965 field notes

Item is bound notebook containing Smith's field notes from two separate trips to Ascension Island, part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Item contains descriptions of geological sites such as the Devil's Cauldron, Devil's Riding School, Devil's Ashpit, Georgetown area, Thistle Hill, and Cricket Valley; notes of sample collected, and hand drawn diagrams.

1965 field notes

Item is bound notebook containing Smith's field notes from site visits in England including the Meldon Quarry, Ramsley Mine, Wilmington, and the area surround Devon. Item includes attached geological maps of the area, and notes on samples and fossils collected.

1967 field notes

Item is a bound notebook containing field notes from Smith's excursions to the Isle Cadieux and Brome Mountain in Quebec, Beaver River in the Yukon, and the New Imperial Mine in Whitehorse. Notes include information on the sites visited and samples collected.

1968 field notes

Item is a bound notebook containing field notes from Smith's trip to Slovakia to explore and take samples from mines around Roznava and related areas.

1969 and 1972 field and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing field notes from Smith's trips to the Eldorado Mines in Uranium City, Saskatchewan, the McDonald Mine near Bancroft, Ontario, and to Mount Johnson and Rougemont in Monteregie, Quebec as part of the International Geological Congress. Item also contains travel notes from Smith's attendance of the National Conference on Electron Probe Analysis in Pasadena, California.

1969 field notes

Item is a bound notebook containing field notes from Smith's excursion to Olympic National Park in Washington. Notes include information on locations visited, descriptions of minerals founds, and contact information for geologists at the University of Washington.

1971-1972 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing notes from Smith's work travels to Edinburgh, England, Athens, Copenhagen, and Australia. Item contains lists of expenses, notes on the MAC 5 probe, and notes from conferences attended and meetings with other geologists and mineralogists.

1973 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: a description of the joint conference of the Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada (GAC/MAC) held in Saskatoon, notes from a meeting with the Ontario Research Foundation, meeting notes from New Orleans, and the results of probe work and tests undertaken for the Geological Survey of Canada.

1974 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work notes. Item contains: descriptions of Smith's travels to labs and meetings with colleagues in several United Kingdom cities, a MAS (Microanalysis Society?) meeting in Ottawa, a conference in Halifax regarding the JOIDES (Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling) project, a trip to Waterloo, Ontario to plan upcoming MAC (Mineralogical Association of Canada) meetings, presentation and course notes from the GSA/MSA (Geological and Mineralogical Societies of America) joint conference in Miami, excursion notes from a trip to Jamaica sponsored by the GSA (Geological Society of America), and trips to Ottawa and Toronto for MAC (Mineralogical Association of Canada) executive meetings.

1975 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: notes from a visit to the microprobe lab at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, conference notes from the GAC/MAC (Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada) joint conference in Waterloo, the annual conference on advances in x-ray analysis in Denver, Colorado, and the annual meeting of the Spectroscopy Society of Canada in Montreal. Item also contains meeting notes from the MAC (Mineralogical Association of Canada) meeting and conference in Ottawa and course notes from a MAS (Microanalysis Society?) tutorial on electron probe microanalysis in Las Vegas.

1976 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: notes on testing equipment, meetings with colleagues, and visits to labs in New York, London, and Zurich, Switzerland. Item also contains descriptions of geological sites in Australia and conference and meeting notes from the ICG (International Geological Congress) in Sydney.

1976-1977 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: notes from MAC (Mineralogical Association of Canada) executive meetings in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver, travel notes on formations, gardens, and museums in Alberta and British Columbia, and conference, meetings, and course notes from MSA (Mineralogy Society of America) and GSA (Geological Society of America) conferences and events in Tucson, Seattle, and Boston.

1978 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: notes from MAC (Mineralogical Association of Canada) executive meetings in Winnipeg and Toronto, meeting notes from the National Museums Earth Science Task Force in Ottawa, notes about planning field trips for grad students and reviews of grad student theses, notes and equipment reviews from trips to London and the BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières) Geological Survey in Orleans, France where Smith gave demonstrations of scanning electron microscopes, notes from testing a quantitative analysis system in Washington, and travel and field notes from the IMA (International Mineralogical Association) meeting and pre-conference excursions in Russia.

1979 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: notes from a MAC (Mineralogical Association of Canada) executive meeting in Toronto, conference notes from the GAC/MAC (Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada) joint conference in Quebec City and notes from a conference and workshop in San Antonio, Texas, travel notes from a trip to the United Kingdom to purchase rocks, and field notes from an excursion to the Red Deer River Valley to collect samples.

1980 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: notes from Smith's sabbatical trips to Oxford, Cambridge, and Scotland including descriptions of sites and labs visited, meetings with colleagues, and samples collected, meeting notes from the IMA (International Mineralogical Association) conference in France, and notes from trips to Aarhus and Copenhagen where Smith gave lectures, visited labs and toured Denmark.

1981 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: meeting and conference notes from the Metals Society meeting at the Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the United Kingdom, the GAC/MAC (Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada) joint conference in Calgary, and the Microbeam Analysis Society meeting in Vail, Colorado, travel notes from a trip to Tucson, Arizona to attend the Gem and Mineral Show, Friends of Mineralogy meeting and MMAC (Mineral Museums Advisory Committee) meeting, sample processing notes from a visit to the Earth Sciences Department in Cambridge, descriptions of a traveling mineralogy exhibit in the Royal Alberta Museum, and field notes from trips to Kelowna to examine basal uranium deposits and to the Northwest Territories to collect samples.

1982 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: conference and meeting notes from the GAC/MAC (Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada) joint conference in Winnipeg, the MAS (Microanalysis Society?) conference in Washington, and the IMA (International Mineralogical Association) conference in Zurich, Switzerland, notes from supervising student field work in the Northwest Territories, travel notes from Japan where Smith toured the factories of JEOL, a manufacturer of electron microscopes and other scientific equipment, and conducted microanalysis of geological samples, travel notes from a trip to China and Hong Kong where Smith worked with the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) to visit labs, interview employees and make recommendations on instruments, equipment, and design of a new micro-probe lab, descriptions of software demonstrations Smith gave in France and Amsterdam, and travel notes from a leisure trip to the United Kingdom.

1983 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: notes from the executive meeting of the MAC (Mineralogical Association of Canada) in Victoria, fields notes from a trip to Slave Lake, Alberta and surrounding area, travel notes from a trip to Cambridge where Smith attended training and performed sample comparisons, travel notes from touring the JEOL factory and testing new software in Japan, and notes on the progress of the micro-probe lab development in China.

1984 Aug-Sept work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: conference and meeting notes from the IGC (International Geological Congress) and IMA (International Mineralogical Association) conferences in Moscow along with notes from sightseeing in Moscow and Leningrad, and meeting notes from a trip to the University College in London to examine samples.

1984 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: meeting notes from trips to Japan and China to conduct work for the UNDP (United Nations Development Program), including meetings at the JEOL factory to discuss automation issues with equipment, test software, troubleshoot issues with lab setup and technician training at the micro-prob lab in Beijing, help with planning the 1990 IMA (International Mineralogical Association) conference, and conduct electron and ion probe lab work. Item also contains notes from a trip to New York to meet with UNDP members and report on work conducted in China.

1984 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: meeting notes from a trip to Los Angeles to meet with the ICAM (International Congress for Applied Mineralogy) Committee, discuss IMA (International Mineralogical Association) affairs, and see demonstrations in electron spectroscopy and auger electron spectroscopy, meeting notes from the CNC/IUGS (Canadian National Committee on the International Union of Geological Sciences) committee meetings in Toronto and Ottawa, the MAS (Microanalysis Society?) meeting in Lehigh, Pennsylvania, the NRC (National Research Council) meeting and lectures in Ottawa, and UNDP (United Nations Development Program) meetings in New York, notes from a symposium on Atlantic meteorites held in Japan and a Geoscience forum in Yellowknife, field notes from a meteorite hunt in Grande Prairie, Alberta, a mapping project in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and site visits to Thor Lake, Northwest Territories.

1985 November work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: travel notes from a personal trip to England, test results notes from micro-probe examinations done on samples taken from Thor Lake, Northwest Territories, meeting and travel notes from trips to Basel, Switzerland, Leoben, Austria, and Frankfurt, Germany, conference notes from the IMA (International Mineralogical Association) meeting in Marburg, Germany, meeting notes from demonstrations and discussions of the MinIdent software, and notes from committee meetings in Ottawa.

1985 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: Meeting and conference notes from the MAC/GAC (Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada) joint conference in Fredericton, the GSC (Geological Survey of Canada) and MAC (Mineralogical Association of Canada) meetings in Ottawa, and the MAS (Microanalysis Society?) meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, field notes from trips to Thor Lake, Northwest Territories, Seaton, England, and Fox Lake Alberta, and meeting notes regarding MinIdent, a mineral identification software Smith helped to develop, in London and Cambridge.

1986 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: notes from a trip to the Tucson Gem and Mineral show, a list of purchased items, and notes from a meeting of the MMAC (Mineral Museums Advisory Committee), notes from meetings of the GAC/MAC (Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada) and the NRC (National Research Council) held in Ottawa, the 14th annual IMA (International Mineralogical Association) conference in Salt Lake City, a MAS (Microanalysis Society?) meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a Geoscience forum in Yellowknife, field notes from an examination of the ice sheets and glacier in Jasper, British Columbia and the ice caps in Yellowknife, and supervising student thesis work at the Thor Lake site in the Northwest Territories, meeting notes from trips to London and Cambridge to discuss Thor Lake site sample results, and the implementation of MinIdent software in the United Kingdom, and a list of project work to be completed for MinIdent.

1987 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: research notes from working with the micro-probe at the University of British Columbia and the details for arranging summer field work for grad students, meeting and conference notes from attending the MAC/GAC (Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada) annual meeting in Saskatoon, the IMA (International Mineralogical Association) meeting and conference in Los Angeles, the NRC (National Research Council) meeting in Ottawa, and the Geoscience forum in Yellowknife, field notes from a trip to view volcanoes and give a lecture in Maui and the start of a new project on age petrology and genesis at Eagle Butte, Alberta, and travel and meeting notes from trips to London and Cambridge.

1988 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: meeting and conference notes from attending the GAC/MAC (Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada) joint conference in St. John's, the MAS (Microanalysis Society?) and MSA (Mineralogy Society of America) meetings in Milwaukee, the National Research Council ACOM (Associate Committee on Meteorites) and the CNC-IUGS (Canadian National Committee on the International Union of Geological Sciences) meetings in Ottawa, and travel and meeting notes from trips to the United Kingdom and Germany to discuss IMA (International Mineralogical Association) business, conduct micro-probe work, and propose a workshop on computer applications and databases in mineralogy.

1989 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: meeting and conference notes from attending a short course in Ottawa hosted by the MAC (Mineralogical Association of Canada), The MAS (Microanalysis Society?) conference in Asheville, North Carolina, the IGC (International Geological Congress) conference and IMA (International Mineralogical Association) council meetings in Washington, and ACOM (Associate Committee on Meteorites of the National Research Council) meetings in Ottawa, and travel notes from trips to London and Cambridge.

1990 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: meeting and conference notes from attending the IMA (International Mineralogical Association) conference in Beijing, the Bloss Symposium in Virginia, and a ACOM (Associate Committee on Meteorites of the National Research Council) meeting in Ottawa, and research notes from micro-probe work conducted in Toronto. Item also contains personal travels notes from a vacation trip through France, Spain, and England.

1991 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: meeting and conference notes from attending the MAC/GAC (Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada) joint conference in Toronto where Smith attended sessions, met with colleagues, and gave demonstrations of the MinIdent software/database. Item also contains travels notes from a trip to England and Scotland to spend time with family, meet with mineralogists at the Edinburgh National Museum, and Cambridge University, and give MinIdent demonstrations.

1992 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: meeting and conference notes from attending the IGC (International Geological Congress) conference in Kyoto and the MSA (Mineralogy Society of America) conference in Manchester, New Hampshire, field notes from a trip to the Ice River Complex in British Columbia, travel notes from a trip to England to give a lecture and conduct micro-probe work in Cambridge, sabbatical notes including a trip through Brittany, France. Item also documents Smith's progress on writing a book, scholarly articles, and work with an Ion probe.

1993 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes from Smith's sabbatical year in Australia and Europe. Item contains: sightseeing notes, descriptions of universities, museums, and historical sites visited, notes from meetings with international colleges, notes on micro-probe labs visited and on lectures that Smith gave. Item also contains conference notes from the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) conference Smith attended in Australia and notes from an ICAM (International Congress for Applied Mineralogy) incident investigation.

1994 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: field notes from a trip to the Mt. Brussilof magnesite mine near Radium, British Columbia, a trip to Sillvan Lake, Alberta to try and narrow down the original location of a sample, and a trip to the Italian Alps for sample collecting, conference and meeting notes from meetings with colleagues at the Mineralogy Society, Cambridge University and the Open University of London in the United Kingdom, and a software fair and conference in Pisa, Italy. Item also contains personal notes from a trip to Keats, British Columbia to oversee the construction of a house on the island.

1995 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: research notes from a trip to the French National Centre for Scientific Research scanning electron microscope laboratory to see demonstrations and research their procedures, a trip to Cambridge to work with the ion and electron probes and to research new improvements in improvised power supplies, notes from a meeting with the Edmonton Space Science Centre regarding meteorites on long term loan, and notes from the MIAC (Meteorites and Impacts Advisory Committee) committee meetings in Montreal. Item also contains notes from a personal trip to Keats Island.

1996 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: conference and meeting notes from trip to the Mineral Masters talk in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany and a conference in Budapest, notes from visits to Manchester University, the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, Cambridge University to conduct probe work, and Oxford University. Item also contains travel notes from Smith's sabbatical in Europe and a visit to Keats Island to review the building site and meeting with contractors.

1997 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: conference and meeting notes from attending the GSA (Geological Society of America) conference in Salt Lake City and MIAC (Meteorites and Impacts Advisory Committee) committee meetings in Montreal, travel and meeting notes from a trip to the United Kingdom to research in the University College London's library, meet with colleagues at the Geographical Society, present a paper, and attend meetings to conduct IMA (International Mineralogical Association) business. Item also contains notes from a trip to British Columbia to meet with colleagues at the University of British Columbia, attend small claims court, and check on construction progress at Keats Island.

1998 work and travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing travel and work related notes. Item contains: meeting notes from attending MIAC (Meteorites and Impacts Advisory Committee) committee meetings in Ottawa and Mineralogy Society meetings in London. Item also contains personal creative writing, an account of house hunting in England, notes on a school reunion, and details of a personal court case occurring in British Columbia.

1999 personal travel notes

Item is a bound notebook containing personal travel notes. Item contains: notes from several trips to Keats Island to oversee house construction progress, travel notes from a trip to Gig Harbor, Washington to visit friends, trips to London for a funeral and Glasgow for a wedding, and some sightseeing notes from around Scotland and Brittany.

2000 personal and work notes

Item is a bound notebook containing personal and work related notes. Item contains: meeting notes from attending MIAC (Meteorites and Impacts Advisory Committee) and MAC (Mineralogical Association of Canada) meetings in Toronto and a meeting regarding movable cultural property in Ottawa, work notes regarding MinIdent software updates. Item also contains personal notes regarding lawsuits against individuals and businesses working on the Keats Island property including notes from meetings with a lawyer, discovery proceedings observations, and lists of facts and events related to the cases.

2001 personal and work notes

Item is a bound notebook containing personal and work related notes. Item contains: travels notes from a trip to the United Kingdom to present a demo version of a new version of the MinIdent software and meet with colleagues, notes from a pleasure trip through France, and from traveling the British Columbia cost with friends. Item also contains notes on work and updates to MinIdent and notes from the ongoing court cases regarding the Keats Island property.

2002 personal and work notes

Item is a bound notebook containing personal and work related notes. Item contains: travels notes from a trip to the United Kingdom to trial software, give a demonstration of a new version of the MinIdent software, visit friends and family, and attend the IMA (International Mineralogical Association) conference in Edinburgh. Item also contains notes on updates and additions to the MinIdent database, notes from meetings with lawyers in British Columbia, and the results of a trial from an ongoing legal dispute regarding a property on Keats Island.

2003-2005 personal and work notes

Item is a bound notebook containing personal and work related notes. Item contains: meeting notes from attending the MAC/GAC (Geological and Mineralogical Associations of Canada) joint conference in Vancouver, meetings of the CNMMN (International Mineralogical Association Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names) in Paris, and notes from meeting and working with colleagues at the Geological Society in London. Item also contains personal notes detailing sightseeing trips in Paris and through Scotland, and documents the sale of a property on Keats Island and the conclusion of the related legal case.

Chemical analyses

Item is a bound student notebook containing the results of chemical analysis performed on different mineral samples.

Dorian G.W. Smith fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0018
  • Fonds
  • 1864-1873, 1950-2005

Fonds documents Smith's geological and mineralogical field work, his collaboration with mineralogists and geologists around the world, and his involvement with professional associations and committees. Fonds also contains some of Smith's personal travel writings, a 19th century United Kingdom travel journal by an unknown author, lists of expenses, lists of travel arrangements, and to do lists. Fonds consists of two series: Student notebooks and Field/work/travel notes which are arranged in chronological order.

Dorian G.W. Smith

Field/travel/work notes

Series contains field notes from geological sites across Canada, the United Kingdom, and France; travel notes from attending geological and mineralogical conferences, workshops, seminars, and meetings across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, China, and Japan; work notes from developing the MinIdent software/database, testing geological samples and equipment, and consulting with colleagues in the United Kingdom, China, and Japan.

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