- Notebooks concerning mainly the geology of Ayrshire and dates of meetings for the Natural History Society of Glasgow, Andersonian Naturalists Society and the Geological Society. Most have illustrations contained within them, 1880-1904;
- Index to numbered notebooks, undated;
- Volume of 12 reprints of papers given by John Smith to the Geological Society of Glasgow, Andersonian Naturalists Society and the Liverpool Geological Society, 1883-1900;
- Published work on John Smith entitled John Smith of Dalry, Geologist, Antiquarian and Natural Historian Part 1 - Geology, Ayrshire Monographs 16, Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, September 1995;
- Published work on John Smith entitled John Smith of Dalry, Geologist, Antiquarian and Natural Historian Part 2 -Archaeology and Natural History, Ayrshire Monographs 17, Ayrshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, April 1996;
- The Biography of John Smith, Ayrshire Geologist and Naturalist by Alex Boyd, 1930;
- The Natural History Society of Glasgow membership certificate, c1890;
- Catalogue of the Western Scottish Fossils by James Armstrong, John Young and David Robertson , 1876;
- The Geology and Palaeontology of the Clyde Drainage Area edited by James Barclay Murdoch, 1904.
Papers of John Smith, 1846-1930, geologist, antiquarian & natural historian, Ayrshire, Scotland
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 248 DC 054
- Dates of Creation1880-1996
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description0.1 metres,
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
John Smith was born at Clarkston, near Airdrie, Scotland, in 1846 . Smith was a keen geologist in Ayrshire, Scotland, and his interests included minerals and fossils. His achievements in these fields included the discovery of ozokerite and urpethite in the west of Scotland and the discovery of sponges and conodonts (a series of microscopic plants and fossil footprints) in Ayrshire. John Smith was a member of the Geological Society of Glasgow, the Natural History Society of Glasgow, and the Andersonian Naturalists' Society. John Smith published many articles concerning the subject of geology. He died at Kilwinning on 30th November 1930 and is buried in Cumnock's Old Cemetery.
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
Conditions Governing Access
Deposit of the majority of notebooks: Mr David Bell, Glasgow Geological Society: 1968
Deposit of Notebook 3: Hunterian Museum, 1978.
Deposit : Dr Ian Rolfe : Oct 1995: ACCN 1441: DC054/12/1-2.
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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures
Location of Originals
The original of GB 0248 DC 54/1 (Notebook 1) is held with the Dick Institute, 14 Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock, KA1 3BU. The remainder of the material is original.
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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names
Fonds level compiled by Vikki Laidlaw, Hub Project Assistant, 17 December 2004. Lower levels catalogued by Glasgow University Archive Services staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michael Beesley, Archive Assistant, July 2013.