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Geological Survey of Canada

Scope Notes and Credits

Scope Notes

This guide provides information about accessing Geological Survey of Canada publications from the Queen's University Library. Over the years, the GSC publications were collected by different groups and departmental libraries within the Queen's system and, as a result, were described and catalogued differently based on their original locations. In 2015, the library began a project to enhance the descriptions and improve discoverability of these items in the library catalogue. 


Francine Berish, Geospatial Data Librarian

Graeme Campbell, Open Government Librarian

Morag Coyne, Research & Instruction Librarian 

Maggie Gordon, Engineering & Science Librarian 


The Geological Survey of Canada (GSC)

The Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) was established by the Canadian Government in 1842 and has the distinction of being one of Canada's first science agencies. Today, the GSC is part of Natural Resources Canada's Earth Sciences sector and serves as Canada's national organization for geoscientific information and research.

The founding mission of the GSC was to map Canada's geology, with the goal of also promoting the country's mining industry. GSC members were instrumental in exploring the country and have produced some of the most comprehensive and detailed maps of the Canadian landscape. More information about the founding and history of the GSC can be found in The Canadian Encyclopedia's Geological Survey of Canada entry. 

The GSC has published prolifically over the years and most items can be found at Queen's University Library by searching in the catalogue. This guide provides descriptions of each of the publication series as well as links on where to find some of the items. If you have any questions or require assistance with your research, please contact the Engineering & Science Library using the email link on the left. 

First Geological Map of Canada

First Geological Map of Canada

Created by William Logan for the Geological Survey of Canada in 1864

The Geological Survey of Canada: An Overview (video)