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American Association of Geographers - Great Plain, Rocky Mountain Division Records

Identifier: COU:31

Scope and Contents

The Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the American Association of Geographers Records span 1976 to 1983. The collection contains correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, and general files of the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the American Association of Geographers. Also included are the correspondence, shipping lists and related items of the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Geographic Journal, a division included in the American Association of Geographers.

The material is divided up as follows. I. General Files contains student competitions, history and geography education. II. Correspondence documents general correspondence from the year 1976 to 1979, and 1982. III. Meetings records meetings, agendas and sessions from 1981 to 1983. IV. Financial includes Treasurer’s Records, Secretary Treasurer, estimates, and publication bids from 1976 to 1981 V. Great Plains – Rocky Mountain Geographical Journal consists of correspondence from 1976 to 1981, as well as shipping lists and related items from 1976 to 1980.


  • Creation: 1976 - 1983

Historical Note

The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is a scientific and educational society founded in 1904. William Morris Davis, 1850-1934, an American geographer and geologist, founded (1904) and headed the Association of American Geographers. He systematized the study of geography and enlarged its scope; his methods of description and analysis and use of maps and block diagrams revolutionized its teaching. Its 6,500 members share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's Annual Meeting, two scholarly journals (the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer), the monthly AAG Newsletter, and the activities of its two affinity groups, nine regional divisions and 53 specialty groups. The AAG conducts educational and research projects that further its interests and programs

For 97 years The Association of American Geographers (AAG) has contributed to the advancement of geography. The AAG, a scholarly, nonprofit organization founded in Philadelphia in 1904, advances professional studies in geography and encourages the application of geographic research in education, government, and business. It promotes discussion among its members and with scholars in related fields, supports the publication of scholarly studies, and performs services to aid the advancement of its members and the field of geography. The AAG manages several funded projects. Among current projects and sponsors are the CD-ROM for United States Geography (National Science Foundation), Activities and Readings in the Geography of the World (National Science Foundation), the Visiting Geographical Scientist Program (Gamma Theta Upsilon), Course Modules on Human Dimensions of Global Change (National Science Foundation) and Global Change in Local Places (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). Planned projects include one focusing on the research into the learning of geography and one that will develop instructional materials for the middle school world geography. Through the Geographic Education National Implementation Project (GENIP), the AAG works with the National Council for Geographic Education, the National Geographic Society, and the American Geographical Society to improve geographic education in elementary and secondary schools.

The American Association of Geographers is comprised of nine different divisions. These include the Pacific Coast Division, Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division, Southwest Division, West Lakes Division, Southeast Division, East Lakes Division, Middle States Division, Middle Atlantic Division, and the New England-St. Lawrence Valley Division.


1 linear feet (1 boxes)

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Records document the activities of the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Founded in 1904 by William Morris Davis, the AAG had grown to 6,500 members and nine different divisions within the United States by the early 1980s. This collection contains correspondence, meeting and financial records, and records of the Journal from the Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division.


I. General Files

II. Correspondence

III. Meeting Records

IV. Financial Records

V. Great Plains – Rocky Mountain Geographical Journal Records

Processed by: Natalie Sichko, January 31, 2002
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States