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Banner: Written in Stone: William E. Logan and the Geological Survey of Canada
Interpreting the Collections
The Digital Collections
Partner Institutions


Library and Archives Canada

External link to McGill University Archives

External link to National Library of Wales

External link to Natural Resources Canada

External link to Toronto Public Library

Partner Institutions


This site is the result of the collaborative efforts of five institutions that have come together to make the scattered William Logan resources accessible in one central online location. For those interested in conducting research on Logan and the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), the links below provide access to the materials digitized by each institution for this project, as well as a more complete overview of other relevant holdings.

Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada holds the vast Department of Natural Resources Canada fonds, including the Geological Survey of Canada sous-fonds. On this site you can read Logan's field notebooks for the years 1840-46, his annual reports for the Legislative Assembly and his Geology of Canada, publications, all of which are available in Library and Archives Canada's collection.

McGill University Archives

The McGill University Archives holds significant collections related to three of Canada's pre-eminent GSC directors, Sir William E. Logan, George Mercer Dawson and Robert Bell. On this site you can read two of Logan's field journals from the 1840s. The McGill University Archives also holds more than 2,000 pieces of Logan correspondence and other personal manuscripts.

National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales' Digital Mirror website presents a wealth of digitized collections from Wales for a worldwide audience. On this site you can read two of Logan's field journals for 1843-4. In these compelling observations Logan describes his geological work in and around the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec.

Natural Resources Canada, Earth Sciences Sector

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) retains William E. Logan's personal library, as well as Logan's and other surveyors' mineral and fossil specimens, tools, photographs and published reports and maps. On this site, you can read the Geological Survey Annual Reports and the Geology of Canada publications, also available in NRCan's Earth Sciences Information Centre (ESIC). You can also link to Natural Resources Canada's extensive online map collection and educational resources.

Toronto Public Library

The William Logan papers at the Toronto Public Library include the following online resources: two journals of his travels in Canada and the United States (1840-41 and 1846), a scrapbook of Logan's newspaper clippings, and a series of 40 photographs by Benjamin Baltzly. The library also holds journals of his travels in Europe (1829 and 1834) as well as a collection of Logan's personal manuscript notes.