Publication; The Bulletin
SECOND only to the efficient organization and the social benefit of the meetings, the publication of the Bulletin has been the important factor in the great success of the Society. Outside of its own Fellowship the noble reputation of the Society is largely founded on its publication, which has carried the fame of the Society and the knowledge of American geology over the world.
The style and format of the Bulletin is wholly due to W J McGee, and without its excellent appearance the contents would have been less appreciated. The inception and history of the Bulletin, and the related work of Editors and Secretaries, must be told in some detail.
The importance and necessity of publication was, of course, fully recognized from the birth of the Society. Both the Provisional and the Revised Constitutions placed the matter of publication entirely in the province of the Council. At the meeting of organization, in Ithaca, December 27,1888, an "Advisory Committee on Publications" was named, with Joseph Le Conte, Berkeley, California, Chairman, and W J McGee, of the United States Geological Survey, Washington, D. C, Secretary. The other members of the Committee were 1ST. H. Winchell, Minneapolis, Minnesota; I. C. White, Morgantown, West Virginia, and W. M. Davis, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The quality of the Committee could not have been improved. The addresses of the Committee members are given in order to suggest that the members were appointed for wisdom and experience with printing rather than for geographical convenience for conference.
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Written in 1931 by Herman LeRoy Fairchild, and with an introduction by Joseph Stanley-Brown, this definitive history of the Geological Society of America covers the first forty-three years of the Society. It contains sections devoted to an overview of early geological research, the Society's background, key players in the Society's creation and history, and information on the Society's membership, publications, meetings, constitution, and more.