Fonds fonds 208 - J.B. Mawdsley fonds

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J.B. Mawdsley fonds

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fonds 208

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  • [between 1924-1929] (Creation)

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2 cm of textual records

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James Buckland Mawdsley was born on 22 July 1894 in Italy, to British-American parents. In 1904 the family left Italy and settled in Gainsborough, Saskatchewan. He entered McGill University in 1913, but in 1915 joined the 1rst University Company reinforcing the Princess Patricia Light Infantry, and in 1916 transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. He was awarded an MBE at the end of the war, returned to his studies at McGill, and in 1921 earned a degree in Mining Engineering. In 1924 he earned a PhD in geology from Princeton. He joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1929, as professor and head of the Geology Department, a position he held until 1961, when he was named Dean of Engineering. He resigned as Dean in 1963 to devote more time to the Institute of Northern Studies, of which he had been appointed Director in 1961. He died suddenly on 4 December 1964.

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Found in the Department of Geology and transferred to the Universit Archives by John Dubetts in 1994.

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This fonds contains a brief journal from a field season (4 June to 12 October) when Mawdsley worked for the Geological Survey of Canada, [between 1924-1929] in northern Quebec; together with memorabilia (predominantly relating to mining).

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