Brian Harold Mason papers, 1920s-1992 : Mason travel and field notes.

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This is a folder containing transcriptions of field notes and lists of travels made by Brian Mason. Brian Harold Mason (1917-2009) was the Curator in the Meteorites Division, Department of Mineral Sciences of the National Museum of Natural History. Mason's research focused on the mineralogy and petrology of meteorites and cosmochemistry. The notes focus on schist and gneiss in various sites of New Zealand. first transcription concerns the Hermitage-Fox-Franz Josef field trip, which took place in New Zealand between January 21 and February 1, 1954. The transcript includes four leaves of notes. The next transcription is a leaf of geological notes on the Wataroa trip dated February 27-March 1. Then four pages describe the Haast trip (March 16-24). Four leaves record the "Westland trip, March 27-April 2 (Contd.)", the last one with an added pencil note. A leaf transcribes the Easter and Whitcombe trips, and one leaf records the Haast trip of April 25-30. Six more typewritten leaves (the five last stapled together and appearing in two copies) list B. H. Mason's travel destinations to different parts of the world and their dates, which range fro 1939 to 2000. Lastly, the folder includes a travel diary in 7 typewritten leaves, titled "Diary of geological mapping trip on the Wanganui River, February 17 to April 1, 1939."

Date Range


Start Date

Feb 17, 1939

End Date

Mar 08, 2000

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  • Description and travel
  • Meteorites--Research
  • Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Geochemistry
  • Travel


New Zealand


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes

Accession #

SIA Acc. 10-167

Collection name

Brian Harold Mason Papers, 1920s-1992

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 1, folder 41