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Benjamin M. Shaub Papers, 1921-1993
1.667 linear feet (4 containers)
Collection number: CA.MS.00067

Abstract:
Professor, geology. Contains correspondence, research notes, reports, publications and photographs.

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Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

Benjamin M. (Benjamin Martin) Shaub was a professor of geology at Smith College from 1931-1958. He was a vital member of the Smith faculty, an authority in the fields of economic geology and gemology, and an enthusiastic follower of many other pursuits including ornothology and photography. Shaub remained an important presence in his many areas of interest until his death on March 23, 1993.

Shaub was born January 12, 1893 in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, received his elementary education in a one-room school house there, then moved to Ithaca, New York, where he worked for a railroad while earning his high school diploma. He went on to earn a Master of Engineering degree in 1923 from Cornell University and began teaching there in machine design, first as an instructor (1923-1929) then as an assistant professor (1930-1931). In the meanwhile, however, he gained another interest-geology. While teaching at Cornell, he received an M.S. (1928) and a Ph.D. (1929) in economic geology. In 1931 he left Cornell to teach at Smith College as an associate professor in geology, where he specialized in mineralogy, petrography, petrology and gemology until his retirement.

Professor Shaub's academic and practical experience were geographically as well as topically diverse. He spent summers doing geological fieldwork in several states in the northeastern United States, and also spent one season at the Rhodesian-Anglo American Mines in Africa (1929). He was the vice president of Morse-Shaub Oil and Gas Corporation from 1931-1936. He served in World War I as an instructor at the Naval Radio School at Harvard University, and served as the U.S. Army major responsible for the Springfield Ordinance District during World War II. He held two U.S. patents, one for an engineering drawing instrument and the other for a photometer. He held fellowships in a number of geological societies, published regularly in the scholarly journals, and produced several full-length works.

Following his retirement from Smith in 1958, Shaub continued to write about geology and the photography of rocks and minerals. Of particular note are his full-length works including Treasures from the Earth (New York: Rutledge, 1975); and The Origin of Agates, Thundereggs and Other Nodular Structures (Northampton, MA: Agate, 1989). Shaub also pursued an interest in ornithology with his wife, Mary Church Shaub (Smith College, Class of 1934). Together they wrote a number of articles on the subject and produced five years worth of The Evening Grosbeak Survey News (1950-1955), a newsletter for western Massachusetts bird enthusiasts.

Scope and Contents

The Benjamin M. Shaub Papers consist of 1.75 linear feet of correspondence, research notes, reports, publications and photographs dating from 1922-1993. The content reflects his interests in economic geology, rock and mineral photography, as well as ornithology. There is a large collection of research notes, correspondence, and reports from his magnetic survey work in the Adirondack region of New York State from 1946-1952. The survey was undertaken by the Office of the New York State Geologist following preliminary findings by the U.S. Geological Survey which showed significant magnetic anomalies in the region. The anomalies suggested large veins of valuable ore, a potential boon for the iron mining industry in New York State.

The collection also includes a variety of Shaub's publications dating 1922-1989, including lab books from his undergraduate years at Cornell, his Cornell graduate theses, article reprints, three of the final reports from the New York Magnetic Survey, and four of his full-length publications: Economic Geography Lecture Manual (Ann Arbor, MI: Edwards Bros, 1952); The Book of Mineral Photographs (Northampton, MA: B.M. Shaub, 1957). Treasures from the Earth (New York: Rutledge, 1975); and The Origin of Agates, Thundereggs and Other Nodular Structures (Northampton, MA: Agate, 1989).

This collection is organized into six series:

  1. I. Biography
  2. II. Correspondence
  3. III. New York Magnetic Survey
  4. IV. Writings
  5. V. Patents
  6. VI. Photographs

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Benjamin M. Shaub Papers, Smith College Archives, CA-MS-00067, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

The Benjamin M. Shaub Papers were given to the Smith College Archives in a series of four donations: one in 1988 and three in the summer and fall of 1994. The 1988 donation was given by Professor Shaub himself, the others were given by Mary Church Shaub (Class of 1934) following her husband's death in 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Finkel.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
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Northampton, MA 01063

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Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series I. Biography
1950-1993 undated


Memorials
1993

Box 1016.1: folder 1
Newsclippings
1950-1975 undated

Box 1016.1: folder 2
Series II. Correspondence
1931-1939 undated


General
1931-1951 undated

Box 1016.1: folder 3
Gold Placer Mining
May-June 1933

Box 1016.1: folder 4
Photography of Minerals
1937-1957

Box 1016.1: folder 5
Uranimite
1938-1939

Box 1016.1: folder 6
Series III. N.Y. Magnetic Survey
1938-1954 undated


Magnetic Anomaly Reports
1946-1954 undated

Box 1016.1: folder 7
Sample Analyses and Reports
1947-1952

Box 1016.1: folder 8
Correspondence



General
1946-1948

Box 1016.1: folder 9
General
1949-1952

Box 1016.1: folder 10
U.S. Dept. of the Interior
1946-1948

Box 1016.1: folder 11
Property Owners
1946-1950

Box 1016.1: folder 12
American Steel and Wire
1948-1949 undated

Box 1016.1: folder 13
Property Checks
1947-1950

Box 1016.1: folder 14
Everton Magnetometer Data
1949

Box 1016.1: folder 15
Carmel Quadrangle
1952 undated

Box 1016.1: folder 16
Loon Lake Quadrangle
1950

Box 1016.1: folder 17
Lowville Quadrangle
undated

Box 1016.1: folder 18
McKeever Quadrangle
1950 undated

Box 1016.1: folder 19
Paradox Lake Quadrangle
1947-1949 undated

Box 1016.1: folder 20
Russell Quadrangle
1948-1949 undated

Box 1016.1: folder 21
Santa Clara Quadrangle
1947-1952 undated

Box 1016.1: folder 22
Ticonderoga Quadrangle
undated

Box 1016.1: folder 23
Financial/Administrative Records



General
1946-1951

Box 1016.2: folder 1
Vouchers
1947-1949

Box 1016.2: folder 2
Vouchers
1950-1952

Box 1016.2: folder 3
Equipment Lists
1950-1952 undated

Box 1016.2: folder 4
Instrument Operating Instructions
1948 undated

Box 1016.2: folder 5
Menus
1951

Box 1016.2: folder 6
Stencils and Map Titles
undated

Box 1016.2: folder 7
Adirondack Land Maps
1938

Box 1016.2: folder 8
Photographs
1949-1950 undated

Box 1016.2: folder 9
Series IV. Writings
1921-1989


Undergraduate Lab Books (Cornell)



Jr. Mechanical Lab, Vol.II
1921-1922

Box 1016.2: folder 10
Sr. Mechanical Lab, Vol. I
1923-1924

Box 1016.2: folder 11
Sr. Mechanical Lab, Vol. II
1923-1924

Box 1016.3: folder 1
Graduate Theses (Cornell)



M.Sc.-A Unique Feldspar Deposit...
1928

Box 1016.3: folder 2
Ph.D.-Banding Filled Fissure Veins
1929

Box 1016.3: folder 3
Article Reprints
1929-1949

Box 1016.3: folder 4
Article Reprints
1950-1985

Box 1016.3: folder 5
Economic Geography Lecture Manual, Pt. 1 Ann Arbor, MI: Edwards Bros.
1952

Box 1016.4: folder 1
Economic Geography Lecture Manual, Pt. 2 Ann Arbor, MI: Edwards Bros.
1952

Box 1016.4: folder 2
The Book of Mineral Photographs c.1, Northampton, MA: B.M. Shaub
1957

Box 1016.4: folder 3
The Book of Mineral Photographs c.2, Northampton, MA: B.M. Shaub
1957

Box 1016.4: folder 4
Treasures from the Earth, New York: Rutledge
1975

Box 1016.4: folder 5
The Origin of Agates, Thundereggs and... Northampton, MA: Agate
1989

Box 1016.4: folder 6
Evening Grossbeak Survey News, Northampton, MA: B.M. & Mary Shaub
1950-1955

Box 1016.4: folder 7
Series V. Patents
1930-1942


Patents
1930-1942

Box 1016.4: folder 8
Series VI. Photographs
1932-1954


Photographs
1932-1954

Box 1016.4: folder 9

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Subjects
  • Shaub, Benjamin M. (Benjamin Martin)
  • Smith College--Faculty.


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