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Guide to the Robert R. Compton Papers
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Description
Compton earned his A.B. in 1943 and his Ph.D. in physical science in 1949 from Stanford University. He joined the Stanford faculty in the Dept. of Geology in 1949 and was appointed full professor in 1962. His MANUAL OF FIELD GEOLOGY is recognized as the definitive work on this subject.
Background
The papers largely consist of his field notebooks, 1947-49 and 1955-73, some of which contained reading notes and bibliographies. Also included are the typescripts of several chapters from a book on field geology, 1984; and one letter from R. I. Harker. The California notes appear to be research for his Stanford doctorate: PETROLOGY OF THE SOUTHWESTERN PART OF THE BIDWELL BAR (30') QUADRANGLE, CALIFORNIA, (1949). Other geologic areas covered include the Grouse Creek Range in Utah, the Santa Lucia range in California, the Santa Rosa mountains in Nevada, and the British Isles (England, Scotland, Ireland).
Extent
1.5 Linear feet
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Availability
This collection is open for research.