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James Ransom Heirtzler papers

 Record Group
Identifier: MC-47

Scope and Content Note

The James Heirtzler papers consist of correspondence, reports, notes, notebooks, and data relating to subjects such as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Reykjane's Ridge, the search for the Thresher , and Hudson Laboratories.


  • 1951-1972

Language of Materials

The records are in



Open: materials are available for research.


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

Biographical Information

James Ransom Heirtzler was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on September 16, 1925. He received his M.S. from Louisiana State University in 1948, and his Ph.D. in physics from New York University in 1953. The same year he was appointed Assistant Professor at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, where he stayed until 1956, when he became a senior physicist at General Dynamics Corporation. In 1960 he went to Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory at Columbia University. He also served as the director of Columbia's Hudson Laboratories before accepting a position as the Chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at WHOI in 1969.


4 boxes (3.75 lin. ft.)


The James Ransom Heirtzler papers span the years 1951-1972 and contain materials related to Heirtzler's work at WHOI and Hudson Laboratories.


Arranged in two series:

List of Series:

Custodial History

The custodial history of the records is undocumented.

Acquisitions Information

Acquired by the Data Library and Archives September 2, 1986, and stored as boxes 160 and 161.

Processing Information

First-level processing completed by Rosemary Davis.

A Guide to the James Ransom Heirtzler papers, 1951-1972
David Sherman
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written inEnglish

Repository Details

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