CSS History

Colorado Scientific Society History

The Colorado Scientific Society (CSS) was founded in Denver, Colorado, USA, on December 8, 1882– six years after Colorado became a state. Founder S.F. Emmons of the U.S. Geological Survey and 11 colleagues were interested in an exchange of observations and ideas on topics in earth science.

W. Cross- H. Beeger – S.F. Emmons – J.B. Grant – Rev. H.M. Hart
R. Pearch – N.P. Hill – A.H. Low – P.H. Van Diest – A. Von Schulz – W.F. Hillebrand – A. Eilers

Current members include representatives from many earth-science organizations, including Federal and State government agencies, universities throughout the region, private industry, and individuals. The Society welcomes new members with a background and interest in the sciences.

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Emmons’ Inaugural Address to the new Colorado Scientific Society, January 2, 1883

History of the Colorado Scientific Society from 1882 through 2002 (PDF)

This 71 page paper covers the origins of the Colorado Scientific Society and its continuation into the current century. It is the basis for many stories on this website.

History of the Colorado Scientific Society 1882-2002
(click link for PDF)

Colorado Scientific Society Silver Gavel

Colorado Scientific Society Gavel – solid silver

The gavel was made from silver ore from Aspen.  It was given to the Colorado Scientific Society on its 25th anniversary in 1907.

Past Presidents of the Colorado Scientific Society

See the names, dates, and photos of the past Presidents of the Colorado Scientific Society.

Proceedings of the Colorado Scientific Society

The early volumes of The Proceedings of The Colorado Scientific Society contain reports of each meeting with the presentations made at the meeting. The page has tables of contents from the first three volumes of the Proceedings with links to some of the articles. There are also a few articles from later volumes of the Proceedings.

Proceedings of the Colorado Scientific Society
Volume I, 1883-1884

Minutes of Colorado Scientific Society Meetings, 1882-1904

Fascinating view of Colorado over one hundred years ago.
The Colorado Scientific Society met “In Chamber of the [Colorado] Supreme Court” in the 1880s. See the meeting on March 3rd, 18

Colorado Scientific Society Articles of Incorporation

After being organized in 1882, the Colorado Scientific Society was officially incorporated in 1885.

Colorado Scientific Society Insignia

These include the Colorado Scientific Society’s seal, logo, and letterheads from over 100 years ago.