Geological Survey of Canada, Office of the Director: Letterbooks

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Document Record

Canada. Dept. of Natural Resources.
Geological Survey of Canada, Office of the Director: Letterbooks
RG 45
Science and technology
Document source
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
In September 1841, the Province of Canada legislature passed a resolution that authorized the sum of 1,500 sterling be granted to the government for the estimated expense of performing a geological survey of the province. In 1842, the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) was formed to fulfill this request. Today, the GSC is a branch of the Earth Sciences Sector of Natural Resources Canada. The GSC is responsible for performing geological surveys of the country, developing Canada's natural resources and protecting the environment. The GSC is the country's oldest scientific agency and one of its first government organizations.
This collection consists of the letterpress copies of the outgoing correspondence of the directors or their assistants. As the copies of the letters were placed in the order in which they were written, each letterbook is in chronological order. The majority of the letterbooks contain alphabetical indexes in which the page numbers are listed against the correspondents' surnames and occasionally against important subjects. No index is available for the period between November, 20 1871, to November 17, 1873, and the period between December 18, 1899, to April 19, 1900. There are no letterbooks extant for the period from January 28, 1876, to October 5, 1880.