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Ernest R. Knorr papers

 Record Group
Identifier: MC-05

His collection consists of a variety of correspondence, newspaper clippings, patents and certificates, maps, collected papers and photos from his distinguished career, as well as a few items from after his death.

Dates

  • 1849-1976

Language of Materials

The records are in

English.

Access

Open: materials are available for research.

Use

Copyright: Permission to publish material from the collection must be authorized by the Institution Archivist.

Extent

2 boxes (1 lin. ft.)

Overview

The Ernest R. Knorr papers consist of a variety of correspondence, newspaper clippings, patents and certificates, maps, collected papers and photos from his distinguished career, as well as a few items from after his death.

Biographical Information

Ernest R. Knorr, the namesake for WHOI’s R/V Knorr , was an outstanding early hydrographic engineer and cartographer. He did some service with the Coast Survey about 1850 and then served as chief cartographer of Ringgold-Rogers North Pacific Surveying Expedition. After his return to Washington, he was placed in charge of the Office of the North Pacific Survey Expedition, engaged in preparing the report and related hydrographic charts. In November 1860, he was appointed senior civilian and Chief Engineer Cartographer for the Hydrographic Office. He is considered largely responsible for the success of the Navy’s first systematic charting and surveying effort, from 1860 to 1885, when he resigned.

Arrangement

Arranged in a single series:

List of Series:

Custodial History

The custodial history of the papers is undocumented.

Acquisitions Information

Received as accession 1990-1.

Title
A Guide to the the Ernest R. Knorr papers, 1849-1976
Author
[unknown]
Date
October 13, 2003
Language of description
Finding aid written inEnglish

Repository Details

Part of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Data Library and Archives Repository

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