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Finding Aid to the Andrew C. Lawson Papers, 1880-1954, bulk 1890-1951
BANC MSS C-B 602  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Andrew C. Lawson papers
    Date (inclusive): 1880-1954,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1890-1951
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 602
    Creator: Lawson, Andrew C. (Andrew Cowper), 1861-1952
    Extent: Number of containers: 26 boxes, 7 cartons, 6 oversize folders, 2 oversize volumes Linear feet: 19.85
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Andrew C. Lawson papers, 1880-1954, consist of personal and professional papers related to Lawson's career in geology and as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley during the first half of the twentieth century. Of particular note are Lawson's records documenting his work as chairman of the California Earthquake Investigation Commission. Included in the collection are project files, field notebooks, correspondence, writings, maps, and subject files, as well as, some biographical material and property files.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Andrew C. Lawson Papers, BANC MSS C-B 602, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Related Collections

    Andrew C. Lawson collection of lantern slides relating to the development of man, BANC PIC 1957.006--LAN
    Andrew C. Lawson photograph and postcard albums, BANC PIC 1957.004-ALB
    Andrew C. Lawson photograph collection, BANC PIC 1957.003--PIC
    California State Earthquake Investigation Commission photographs from the Andrew C. Lawson collection, BANC PIC 1957.007--NEG
    Lantern slides of the caves of Les Eyzies from the Andrew Lawson collection, BANC PIC 1957.005--LAN

    Separated Material

    Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library. (BANC PIC 1957.003-.007)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Geology and Geophysics
    Geological Survey of Canada
    Geological Survey (U.S.)
    Geological Society of America
    California State Earthquake Investigation Commission
    Geology
    San Francisco Earthquake, Calif., 1906
    San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (Oakland and San Francisco, Calif.)

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Andrew C. Lawson Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Mrs. Andrew C. Lawson on September 19, 1956. Additions by the University of California Berkeley Seismology Lab were made in December 2006.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by History Associates, Incorporated in 2004; additions by Alison E. Bridger in 2007.

    Biographical Information

    Andrew Cowper Lawson, geologist and professor, was born in Anstruther, Scotland, July 25, 1861, moving to Hamilton, Ontario when he was five. Graduating from the University of Toronto in 1883, he worked with the Canadian Geological Survey and continued his education, receiving a Masters in 1885. In 1888 he received a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
    He continued work with the Canadian Geological Survey in the Lake Superior area after graduation, but early in 1890 he resigned and moved to Vancouver as a consulting geologist for the Canadian Pacific Railroad. In October, 1890, he accepted an invitation from Professor Joseph LeConte to become an Assistant Professor of Mineralogy and Geology at the University of California where he remained throughout his career. Lawson succeeded LeConte as department chair upon LeConte's death in 1901.
    During his tenure at Berkeley, he observed, mapped and interpreted Coast Range geology, and organized systematized courses of instruction in mineralogy, petrography, and field geology. His was the first field geology course at any university in the country. In 1893, he established the first scientific publication series at Berkeley, The Bulletin of the Department of Geology and served as its editor for thirty-five years.
    Lawson was also heavily involved in the promotion of the study of seismology, serving as the chairman of the State Earthquake Investigation Commission, appointed by Governor George C. Pardee after the devastating San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 and serving as the first Vice- President of the Seismological Society of America (founded in 1906).
    Lawson married Ludovika von Jansch of Brünn, Moravia in 1889. They had four sons. After her death in 1929, he married Isabel R. Collins of Ottawa in 1931. They had one son. He died June 16, 1952.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Andrew C. Lawson papers, 1880-1954, consist of personal and professional papers related to Lawson's career in geology and as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley during the first half of the twentieth century. Of particular note are Lawson's records documenting his work as chairman of the California Earthquake Investigation Commission. Included in the collection are project files, field notebooks, correspondence, writings, maps, and subject files, as well as, some biographical material and property files.