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Jan Hahn collection

Identifier: MC-74

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of articles by Jan Hahn and correspondence relating to his position as Public Information Officer and as editor of Oceanus, as well as numerous photographic prints and negatives documenting the history and activities of WHOI from 1947-1972.


  • Majority of material found within 1947-1972

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

In 1947, Columbus Iselin hired Jan Hahn to be WHOI's first Public Information Officer. Over the next twenty-five years, Hahn wrote articles and photographed events and scientific activities, both at the Institution and at sea. Iselin wanted an Institution publication, mainly as a communication to WHOI's Associates. In the winter of 1952, Hahn went to WHOI's Graphic Services and enlisted John Stimpson's help in assembling the issues of what would become Oceanus. Hahn continued as editor for the first fifty-seven issues.

[Information taken from the introduction to the index to the Photographic Collection of Jan Hahn.]


1 box ((.25 linear feet) plus photographic collection)


The collection contains correspondence and published articles of Jan Hahn, as well as photographs by Hahn documenting the history and activities of WHOI.


Arranged in two series:

Custodial History

The photographs and negatives were kept in the home of Dorothy and Jan Hahn in North Falmouth, MA prior to their donation to the WHOI Archives. The correspondence and articles were removed from Jan Hahn's Biographical File and added to the collection.

Acquisitions Information

Hahn's photographs were donated to the WHOI Archives by his wife, Dorothy Parshley Hahn, on November 24, 1992. It is not known when the correspondence was acquired.

Related Material

Oceanus was edited by Jan Hahn from 1952-1972. See also the Records of News/Information Office/Media Relations (AC-32) from Jan Hahn's time as Public Information Officer, and Hahn's Biographical File.

Processing Information

The photographs and negatives were indexed by William Dunkle from 1992-1993. The articles and correspondence were processed by David Sherman in January 2009.

A Guide to the Jan Hahn collection, 1947-1972
David Sherman
January 2009
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Finding aid written inEnglish

Repository Details

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