To CREATE and conserve a library had not been an original object or intention of the Society, but accumulation of scientific literature under a system of exchanges was inevitable.
The Library was initiated by Professor C. H. Hitchcock before any material was received from the distribution of the Bulletin. In May, 1891, with approval of the Council, he sent to the Fellows a circular soliciting material, especially personal publications and portraits. With the July announcement of the Columbus meeting, to,be held December, 1891, a card reminder was enclosed.
Except the solicitation by Hitchcock no effort was made to gather library material. The donation of the Bulletin to nearly eighty institutions began in 1891, and naturally it brought literature in exchange. The Secretary's report to the Ottawa meeting, December, 1892, gave a list of matter from 36 contributors and photographs of 35 Fellows; about 170 volumes and 225 pamphlets (volume 4, page 375).
As soon as literature began to arrive from the exchanges the disposition of the accumulating material became a problem. At the Columbus meeting, 1891, the Council was authorized to deposit the material in some institution, under terms which should leave the ownership in the Society. The committee named by the Council consisted of Secretary I. C. White and T. C. Chamberlin.
The following quotation is from the circular of information sent to the Fellows on January 15, 1892, and found in the report of the Council in volume 3, pages 468, 469: "Exchange Product, Library. It is certain
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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.