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Title:
Joseph Irwin fonds

Date(s):
1917-1968

Physical Description:
75 cm of textual records. -- 110 photographs. -- 76 technical drawings

History:
Joseph Stewart Irwin, 1888-1979, was born in Missouri, USA and was educated there. He received his BSc from the Missouri School of Mines in 1912. He taught geology at MSM from 1912 to 1914 and at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania from 1915 to 1916 before joining the Carter Oil Company. After service in First World War he worked for a decade for the Producers and Refiners Corporation. In 1929 he came to Canada as geologist for the Nordon Corporation, followed closely by service with Parco Oil. Irwin opened his own consulting office in 1932 and continued until 1970. He was involved in numerous professional societies as well as the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. He was president of both the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. He married Carrie Irwin and they had four children, Joseph, Mitchell, Aileen (Shier) and Carol.

Custodial History:
These records were held by the University of Calgary Library from 1977 until 1985.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of correspondence with clients, reports, articles, newsclippings, and geological logs and drawings (1917-1968); and photographs of Alberta geological views (1937-1950s).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Alberta Pacific Consolidated Oils, Anglo-American Oil Co., Max Bell, F.I. Batcheller, Floyd K. Beach, Clifton C. Cross, John C. Dallas, Ben F. Hake, Highwood Development Ltd., Dr. F.F. Hintze, Russell V. Johnson, R.J. McGuckin, North Canadian Oils, Savanna Creek Gas and Oil Ltd., J.C. Sproule, Clinton Stauffer, Walter F. Thorn, Vermilion Consolidated Oils Ltd., J.B. Webb, Western Leaseholds Ltd., Western Securities Ltd., and Robin Willis.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of University of Calgary Library, 1985.

Language:
The material is in English.

Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:
http://www.glenbow.org/collections/search/findingAids/archhtm/irwin.cfm

Related:
There is an interview with Irwin in the Charles Ursenbach Oral History project at Glenbow (RCT 145-18).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M 7073, PA 2680, PB 736

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