Records of the Society
THE ANNUAL volumes of the Bulletin, 41 to date, con-A tain all of the published and public record of the Society. This includes the administrative work; the scientific programs of the meetings, and the papers presented ; the memoirs and bibliographies of deceased Fellows ; the registration of attendance; and the roll of Officers, Correspondents and Fellows living and deceased.
Since 1900 the Bulletin also records the proceedings of the Cordilleran Section; since 1909 those of the Paleontological Society and its Pacific Coast Section; and since 1920 those of the Mineralogical Society of America and three meetings of the Society of Ecoriomic Geologists.
In addition to the foregoing, there is an unpublished and private record of the administration of the Society. This is the proceedings of the Council, written into three large books, which are in the custody of the Secretary.
Very interesting items are buried in these Council minutes; important, unreported actions, incidents, discussions, proposals and personalities which never found expression in the annual reports. This applies especially to the last twenty years during which period the Council has had to assume large responsibilities requiring independent action.
There is a question of propriety as to how deeply one may excavate in these minutes for buried treasure, for the purpose of this public history. As time passes any objection to publicity of the Council proceedings will be lessened, but their interest will be decreased. Not many items in this story are derived from the Council minutes, and these are
Figures & Tables
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.