George Arthur Williams Papers, 1950-1984

Overview of the Collection

George Arthur Williams, 1918-
George Arthur Williams Papers
1950-1984 (inclusive)
1.5 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG356 (collection)
Correspondence, articles, speeches, minutes of meetings, and other papers of George Arthur Williams (1918- ), professor of geology at the University of Idaho, 1957-1988. Included are correspondence, a report on, and notes of, a student study of mercury contamination in the Jordan Creek drainage near Silver City, Idaho.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

George Arthur Williams was born January 14, 1918 in Wilcox, Arizona. From 1937 to 1940 he taught in the public school system in Texas before returning to the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (now University of Texas-El Paso) where he received his B.S. in Mining Engineering in 1943. He then served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an engineering officer in the South Pacific until 1946. He received his Ph.D. degree in Geology from the University of Arizona in 1951, after which he was employed as chief of the stratigraphic studies group of the U.S. Geological Survey in Grand Junction, Colorado. In 1954 he became an exploration geologist for the Union Carbide Corporation's nuclear energy division in Wyoming and northern Colorado. He joined the faculty at the University of Idaho as a geological engineer in 1957. He served as head of the department of geology from 1965 to 1983 and as Director of the Idaho Mining and Minerals Resources Research Institute from 1983 to 1988, and also participated in the Glaciological Institute program in Alaska. He was chairman of the Faculty council during the 1986/1987 school year. In 1988 he retired to Ojai, California.

He is a member of the Geological Society of America, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Sigma Xi, Idaho Academy of Science, Northwest Mining Association and was a charter member of the International Association of Mathematical Geologists. Among the University Committees he served on were Audio-Visual Evaluation, Tenure Competency Review, 1964 Presidential Search, and the Teacher Education Coordinating Committee. He was also curator of the College of Mines museum collection and was a member of the Advisory Board for Idaho Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The papers of George Arthur Williams were in no perceived order when received; they were therefore put in a straight alphabetical sequence by type of material or subject. Included are a 1975 accreditation report for the geology department, articles and speeches of George Williams, correspondence, College of Mines and Earth Resources (COMER) brochures and dean search committee minutes, course evaluations, minutes of the 1964 university presidential search committee which Williams served on, application and reports of a student project on the mercury contamination of the Jordan Creek drainage near Silver City, two special projects funded by the university on which Williams worked, minutes of staff meetings of the geology and geography departments, minutes of the Teacher Education Coordinating Committee, and information on the United Nations University.

Published material was sent to subject librarians for review and duplicates of mimeographed material were discarded, thereby reducing the bulk of the material by 0.5 cubic feet.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The papers of geology professor George Williams were donated to the University of Idaho library in June 1989.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Accreditation report, Department of Geology
1 item
ca. 1975
1/2 Articles and speeches by George Williams
9 items
1/3 Articles by others
1 item
1/4 Articles from Science
6 items
1/5 Class schedule cards
15 items
1/6 COMER brochures
4 items
ca. 1980
1/7 COMER dean search committee minutes
9 items
1/8 Competency and tenure review information
46 items
1/9-22 Correspondence
864 items
1/23 Course evaluations
11 items
1/24 Miscellaneous
8 items
1/25 National Science Foundation material
7 items
1/26 Notes for a possible publication?
15 items
1/27 Personal
12 items
1/28 Presidential search committee
14 items
1/29 Professional Engineers Exam
33 items
1/30 Professional Organizations
10 items
1/31 Seminar paper "The origin of black shales" by George Williams
1 item
1/32-34 Silver City (Jordan Creek) project
77 items
1/35 Special research project 60. The origin of clay minerals and clay deposits
26 items
1/36 Special research project 116. Geology, geochemical and benefaction of low grade phosphate ores
16 items
2/37-39 Staff meetings, Geology and Geography departments
212 items
2/40 Teacher Education Coordinating Committee
44 items
2/41 United Nations University
12 items

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Geology -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Idaho
  • Mercury -- Environmental aspects -- Jordan Creek (Idaho and Or.)

Corporate Names

  • University of Idaho. Dept. of Geology Faculty

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Williams, George A.--Archives.