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Guide to the George Arthur Williams Papers 1950-1984

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Papers
Creator: George Arthur Williams, 1918-
Dates: 1950-1984
Quantity: 1.5 cubic feet
Abstract:Correspondence, articles, speeches, minutes of meetings, and other papers of George Arthur Williams (1918- ), professor of geology at the University of Idaho, 1957-1988. Included are correspondence, a report on, and notes of, a student study of mercury contamination in the Jordan Creek drainage near Silver City, Idaho.
Identification: MG356
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Scope and Content

The papers of George Arthur Williams were in no perceived order when received; they were therefore put in a straight alphabetical sequence by type of material or subject. Included are a 1975 accreditation report for the geology department, articles and speeches of George Williams, correspondence, College of Mines and Earth Resources (COMER) brochures and dean search committee minutes, course evaluations, minutes of the 1964 university presidential search committee which Williams served on, application and reports of a student project on the mercury contamination of the Jordan Creek drainage near Silver City, two special projects funded by the university on which Williams worked, minutes of staff meetings of the geology and geography departments, minutes of the Teacher Education Coordinating Committee, and information on the United Nations University.

Published material was sent to subject librarians for review and duplicates of mimeographed material were discarded, thereby reducing the bulk of the material by 0.5 cubic feet.


Administrative/Biographical History

George Arthur Williams was born January 14, 1918 in Wilcox, Arizona. From 1937 to 1940 he taught in the public school system in Texas before returning to the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (now University of Texas-El Paso) where he received his B.S. in Mining Engineering in 1943. He then served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an engineering officer in the South Pacific until 1946. He received his Ph.D. degree in Geology from the University of Arizona in 1951, after which he was employed as chief of the stratigraphic studies group of the U.S. Geological Survey in Grand Junction, Colorado. In 1954 he became an exploration geologist for the Union Carbide Corporation's nuclear energy division in Wyoming and northern Colorado. He joined the faculty at the University of Idaho as a geological engineer in 1957. He served as head of the department of geology from 1965 to 1983 and as Director of the Idaho Mining and Minerals Resources Research Institute from 1983 to 1988, and also participated in the Glaciological Institute program in Alaska. He was chairman of the Faculty council during the 1986/1987 school year. In 1988 he retired to Ojai, California.

He is a member of the Geological Society of America, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Sigma Xi, Idaho Academy of Science, Northwest Mining Association and was a charter member of the International Association of Mathematical Geologists. Among the University Committees he served on were Audio-Visual Evaluation, Tenure Competency Review, 1964 Presidential Search, and the Teacher Education Coordinating Committee. He was also curator of the College of Mines museum collection and was a member of the Advisory Board for Idaho Bureau of Mines and Geology.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho
Mines and Mineral Resources

Williams, George A.--Archives.

University of Idaho. Dept. of Geology Faculty

Geology -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Idaho
Mercury -- Environmental aspects -- Jordan Creek (Idaho and Or.)

Administrative Information

Source

The papers of geology professor George Williams were donated to the University of Idaho library in June 1989.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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1/11/1Accreditation report, Department of Geology ca. 1975 1 item
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1/21/2Articles and speeches by George Williams 1964-1982 9 items
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1/31/3Articles by others 1957 1 item
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1/41/4Articles from Science 1980-1981 6 items
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1/51/5Class schedule cards 1958/1919-1964/1965 15 items
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1/61/6COMER brochures ca. 1980 4 items
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1/71/7COMER dean search committee minutes 1974-1975 9 items
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1/81/8Competency and tenure review information 1974-1981 46 items
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1/9-221/9-22Correspondence 1963-1984 864 items
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1/231/23Course evaluations 1970/1971 11 items
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1/241/24Miscellaneous 1952-1981 8 items
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1/251/25National Science Foundation material 1967-1970 7 items
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1/261/26Notes for a possible publication? undated 15 items
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1/271/27Personal 1968-1981 12 items
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1/281/28Presidential search committee 1964 14 items
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1/291/29Professional Engineers Exam 1955-1972 33 items
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1/301/30Professional Organizations 1966-1979 10 items
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1/311/31Seminar paper "The origin of black shales" by George Williams 1950 1 item
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1/32-341/32-34Silver City (Jordan Creek) project 1972-1975 77 items
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1/351/35Special research project 60. The origin of clay minerals and clay deposits 1958-1960 26 items
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1/361/36Special research project 116. Geology, geochemical and benefaction of low grade phosphate ores 1966-1968 16 items
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2/37-392/37-39Staff meetings, Geology and Geography departments 1958/1959-1972/1973 212 items
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2/402/40Teacher Education Coordinating Committee 1979-1981 44 items
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2/412/41United Nations University 1973-1974 12 items

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