The Bulletin of the Geological Society of America and Charles Doolittle Walcott

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  • Charles D. Walcott, who served as the fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1907 until his 1927 death, was involved in various capacities with a number of other scientific entities, such as being Director of the U. S. Geological Survey, and serving as President of the Geological Society of America. Following a brief biography of Walcott, this article is a historical review of Walcott's writings in the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America which were published between 1890 and 1906. The author is an admirer and scholar of Walcott, and in this article examines those writings to trace the history of the Geological Society and its publications through their early years.
  • He accomplishes this by selecting certain excerpts from the four different types of Walcott's Bulletin writings, i.e., papers, discussions, an abstract and presidential address, and commenting on them in learned detail. Walcott's papers reveal a fossil-hunting geologist of wide-ranging scientific interests, especially paleontology, and analysis of these writings confirm his importance in American geology.


  • Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Geological Society of America


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Article appeared in the Centennial Edition of the Geological Society of America's Bulletin. Note date error in left column of Page 10, next-to-last paragraph: 1984 should be 1894.

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Geological Society of America Bulletin Vol. 100 (Journal)

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January 1988


  • Professional associations
  • Geology
  • Secretaries
  • History, organization, etc
  • Learned institutions and societies
  • Societies
  • Scientists
  • Paleontology
  • Fossils
  • Societies--History, organization, etc
  • Biography

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