A cross section of the Archean crust provided the focus of the 1983 Archean Geochemistry and Early Crustal Genesis Workshop that convened in Ottawa on August 10, 1983. Forty-six geoscientists registered: 24 from the United States, 16 from Canada, three from Australia, and one each from West Germany, the Peoples' Republic of China, and Zimbabwe. The workshop was sponsored jointly by the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), the International Geological Correlation Project (IGCP), the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS).

The workshop was divided into an opening day of 16 formal papers, followed by a 6-day field trip. Expanded abstracts of the 16 presented papers and four more that were not presented were included with the 70-page field trip guide given to each registrant.