A Guide to the Thomas Leonard Watson Geology Field Book 1896-1898 Watson, Thomas Leonard, Geology Field Books 1101-a

A Guide to the Thomas Leonard Watson Geology Field Book 1896-1898

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Accession Number 1101-a


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Accession number
Thomas Leonard Watson Geology Field Books 1896-1898
Physical Characteristics
This collection consists of 5 items.

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Preferred Citation

Thomas Leonard Watson Geology Field Books, Accession #1101-a, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was given to the Library on August 19, 1987 by Mrs. Lucy Watson of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Scope and Content Information

This collection contains four geology field books, 1896-1898, kept by Thomas Leonard Watson, and an arithmetic computation and copy book (cypher book), 1819, kept by his grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Watson.

While a doctoral student at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Thomas Leonard Watson kept two geology field books, June 23, 1896-June 3, 1897, containing notes on areas in central New York, including the Finger Lakes region. He examined the lands along the route of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, including Spencer Summit, the Inlet Valley, Newfield, and the White Church Divide. Eventually, his investigation took him into the Finger Lakes region where he examined the lands surrounding Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. During 1897-1898, Watson was engaged in private research on rock decay with the United States National Museum in Washington, D.C. Included from this time is a field book, August 1898, containing notes on the weakening of Virginia's diabase. There is also a field book, July 17-Spetember 20, 1898, containing notes on the granites of Georgia, and including descriptions of many quarries, kept while he was the Assistant State Geologist in Atlanta.