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Conferences, lectures, meetings and events of the Geological Society

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 378 GSL/CFN
Held at: Geological Society of London
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Full title: Conferences, lectures, meetings and events of the Geological Society
Date(s): 1932-2006
Level of description: Series
Extent: 128 files, 3 envelopes of photographs, 19 audio cassettes, 2 film reels and 1 VHS
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

One of the Geological Society's principal functions when it was formed was to hold scientific meetings where members could discuss the latest theories or discoveries in the field of geology. The original meetings were referred to as 'Ordinary General Meetings' or 'Ordinary Meetings' (see series GSL/OM), however by the 1970s the meeting format had changed, being more likely themed around a specific topic and hence developing into the 'Special' scientific meetings which are now held. These 'Special' meetings may be jointly sponsored by other bodies or held over a series of days. The series also includes national or international conferences which have some Geological Society involvement.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to conferences, lectures, meetings and events organised or sponsored by the Geological Society, 1932-2006, comprising:

Correspondence, with some programmes, publicity and abstracts, relating to the organisation of the AAPG [American Association of Petroleum Geologists] International Conferences, 1991-1999; Minutes of the Organising Committee, circulars and programmes relating to the Applied Geoscience Conferences, later Geoscience Conferences, 1995-[1999]; Programmes, field guides and publicity for the Arthur Holmes European Conferences, 1990-1996; planning meeting notes, programmes, publicity and correspondence relating to the organisation of the Meetings of the Geological Societies of the British Isles, 1973-1993; Abstracts, programmes, circulars and correspondence relating to various Extractive Industries Geology conferences, 1984-1995; Correspondence, abstracts, delegate lists, publicity and programmes relating to the Fermor Lecture, later Fermor Meeting, 1980-1994; Correspondence and circulars relating to the arrangements for the 26th-30th International Geological Congresses, 1981-1996; Lists and publicity ephemera relating to the Society's scientific meetings, 1971-1996; Correspondence, programmes and publicity for the Lyell Meetings, 1987-1998; Correspondence, memoranda and circulars relating to the arrangements for the 1st-9th Meetings of European Geological Societies (MEGS), 1973-1994; Material relating to the organisation of the conference on Petroleum Geology of the Continental Shelf North-West Europe, later Petroleum Geology of NW Europe Conferences, 1980-2003, including papers on the establishment of 'Petroleum Geology '86 Limited', later Petroleum Geology Conferences Ltd the company with limited liability set up to organise the Conferences, 1984-2003; Planning meeting minutes, programmes, abstracts and publicity for Special and Joint Meetings of the Society, 1971-1998; Itineraries and field guides for the Student Instructional Tours, 1948-1960; Correspondence, publicity and other material relating to the organisation of the annual William Smith Lectures, later William Smith Meetings, 1966-1999.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Access is by appointment only, daily readership fee is applicable unless you are a member of the Society. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to copyright and the condition of the original, may be supplied. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

A detailed catalogue will be available online shortly.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

For minutes of the original scientific meetings, see: Ordinary [General] Meetings, GSL/OM; material on the meetings organised by the Society's specialist groups and joint associations can also be found at: GSL/SG.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Description by Caroline Lam.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
October 2013

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