Series Fonds 8.A - Research Files

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Research Files

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Fonds 8.A

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  • 1928-1961 (Creation)

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2.5 m of textual records

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Donald Strathearn Rawson was born in Claremont, Ontario, on 19 May 1905. He attended the University of Toronto in 1922, and had earned a BA, MA, and PhD by 1929. Rawson joined the University of Saskatchewan Biology Department as Assistant Professor of Zoology in 1928 and became Head of the Department in 1949. Rawson's research provided a scientific basis for improved fisheries management. Rawson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (1944); served as president of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (1947); was a member of the Royal Commission on Fisheries in Saskatchewan (1948); Canadian representative of the International Association of Limnology (1949); and a member of the Fisheries Research Board (1959-1961). Rawson died on 16 February 1961.

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This series contains record books, correspondence, copies of reports and manuscripts pertaining to research carried out by Dr. Rawson. The series contains material on Lake Simcoe, Prince Albert National Park, Kamloops, Paul Lake, Clear Lake, Riding Mountain National Park, Okanagan Lake, Elk Island National Park, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Big River, Great Slave Lake, Lake Athabaska, Bow River, Kananaskis River, Mosher Lake, Nesslin Lake, Amisk Lake, Amethyst Lake, Lac La Ronge, Upper Churchill Lakes, Cree Lake, Wollaston Lake, Churchill River and Stanley Mission.

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This series is organized into 42 subseries, each representing an area of limnological research undertaken by Dr. Rawson. Sometimes the subseries are the titles of single scientific papers but more often they are geographical regions about which several fonds were written.

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