The Digital Collections
Although the original documents are held by various institutions across Eastern
Canada and Wales, the William Logan collections are now available to researchers
online. Consult any one of the dozens of documents, trace Logan's steps through
a particular region, or follow the development of his scientific work from raw
data to publication.
Carried with him into the field, the notebooks contain Logan's original observations on, and preliminary interpretations of, the surface geology. They include sectional drawings and numerous landscape and specimen sketches. Eleven of his notebooks from Library and Archives Canada featuring his early work during the first half of the 1840s are available online.
Back in camp at the end of each day, Logan recorded his more personal thoughts
and observations in his journals. The six journals provided online from McGill
University Archives, the National Library of Wales and the Toronto Public Library
cover the same period and expeditions as the notebooks above.
Originally published as appendices in the Journals of the Legislative Assembly
of the Province of Canada, the Geological Survey of Canada's "Reports
of Progress" have often been difficult to locate. It is now possible to access
online versions of the reports published between 1842 and 1858, thanks to the
collaboration of Early Canadiana Online.
The published Geology of Canada and its Atlas of Maps and Sections
provide readers with an extensive summary of the Geological Survey's most important
work and findings from the 1840s to the early 1860s. Available here as part of
a collaborative initiative between Library and Archives Canada and Natural Resources
Canada's Earth Sciences Information Centre, these publications are a valuable
resource for research on specific places, geological formations and mineral resources.
Both Library and Archives Canada and Natural Resources Canada have extensive
collections of maps created by the Geological Survey. Here researchers can access
a number of the Survey's original manuscript maps, now in the holdings of Library
and Archives Canada, as well as an extensive database of the Survey's published
maps at the Earth Sciences Sector of Natural Resources Canada.
More than 120 years later, B.J. Harrington's Life of Sir William E. Logan
(Montréal, 1883), still remains the only book-length Logan biography. Illustrated
with a number of Logan's sketches, this lively book is linked here in collaboration
with Our Roots: Canada's Local Histories Online.