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Bostwick H. Ketchum papers

 Record Group
Identifier: MC-13

Scope and Content Note

Bostwick Ketchum's collection includes research files, photographs, correspondence, data, manuscripts, proposals, meeting files, questionnaires, and personal memorabilia.


  • 1933-1983

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

Dr. Bostwick H. Ketchum, Senior Scientist Emeritus, was associated with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for more than four decades. He started out at the institution as a graduate student fellow during the summers of 1935 through 1937. He then went on to serve as Associate Marine Biologist (1940-45), Marine Microbiologist (1945-53), Senior Biologist (1953-54), Senior Oceanographer (1954-63), Senior Scientist (1963-77), and Associate Director (1962-77). He was also Lecturer in Biological Oceanography at Harvard University (1960-68) and an Associate Member of the Department of Biology (1968-71). While on leave of absence from 1968-69, he served as Head of the Section on Ecology and Systematic Biology of the National Science Foundation. He is considered a major figure in oceanographic research, particularly as a leader of a group of scientists in Woods Hole whose pioneering research provided the basis for the present understanding of the productivity of the oceans. In his after years, he also turned his attention to the increasing problems of the coastal zone.

[Biographical information taken from WHOI obituary.]


33 boxes (16.5 lin. ft.)


The Bostwick H. Ketchum papers consist of research files, photographs, correspondence, data, manuscripts, proposals, meeting files, questionnaires, and personal memorabilia relating to Ketchum's work at WHOI.


Arranged in two series:

List of Series:

Custodial History

The custodial history of the papers is undocumented.

Acquisitions Information

Received in several accessions from 1980 through 2002. Patricia Pykosz, staff assistant, donated papers in February 1980 and January 1985. Ralph F. Vaccaro donated papers from Ketchum's wife, Emily, on February 26, 1997 (acc.1997-14), and half a carton of proposals and reports from the Clark Library Office were donated as acc.2002-25 on October 2, 2002.

Processing Information

Processed in 2003.

A Guide to the the Bostwick H. Ketchum papers, 1933-1983
October 13, 2003
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

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