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Talmage, James E. “The Great Salt Lake.” The Scottish Geographical Magazine 17, no. 12 (December 1901): 617-644.

Deseret Professor of Geology James Talmage, the first endowed chair at the University, published a thirty-seven page report on the Great Salt Lake in order to provide a much-needed update on the lake, especially the composition of the water. Encyclopedias and textbooks had not been updated since Howard Stansbury’s 1850 survey for the U.S. government. Talmage forded the lake on horseback or by carriage to conduct his research over the course of six years (1889-1895). He covered the history of exploration of the lake, the lake’s water life as well as its industrial and recreational use.

Type of Publisher

Original Copyright Holder
Unknown. The Scottish Geographical Society published the magazine. It was printed by T. and A. Constable, printers of her majesty at the University Press. Hugh A. Webster and Arthur Silva White served as editors at the inaugural issue (1885). By 1901, the editors were James Geikie and George Sandeman.

Historical Article Distribution and Current Market
All Scottish Geographical Society members received the magazine monthly by mail. In 1885, a year after the society started, membership stood at 1,045. Membership numbers were not indicated for 1901/1902, the year Talmage published. The article is currently for sale by Taylor & Francis.

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