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Dive Data, 1968-1998


Scope and Content Note

Most dives were given separate folders; however, when dives were done in a series, and information was collected for all of them, several dives are included in one folder. Data of many types is included: navigational and scientific data, transcriptions of audiotapes made during dives, and lists of photographs taken. For some dives the files contain a great deal of information. For example, the FAMOUS dives (Dives 518-535) usually have: navigational log, photo and sample logs, Lulu track plots, EG & G calibration sheets, notes, brush records, Alvin navigation log, dive summary, manual x-y plot for edit. Many dives, however, have much less information than this, perhaps only a plotting sheet.

Photographs, videotapes and audiotapes are not included in this series; these are located in the film vault. While data logger tapes and edited punch tapes are a part of these series, they were physically separated for preservation purposes. Unless otherwise noted, there is one roll of data logger tape per dive.

One box of material concerning the Trieste I , a submersible that was used during dives to the Cayman Trough, is maintained in the Archives as a separate collection. ( Robert Ballard was an observer on these three dives that took place June-July, 1977.)

There are also twelve boxes of strip image prints from Dives 518 through 535 arranged at the end of the series.


  • 1968-1998

Language of Materials

From the Record Group:

The records are in



Restricted: materials may only be viewed by the Office of Origin or with permission of the Archivist.


8 boxes (10 linear feet)


Except for 7 folders at the beginning, 5 of which contain general material about Alvin ’s dives and 2 of which are scuba dive and master dive logs listing dives between 1964 and 1977, this series is arranged numerically by dive number. Data logger tapes were separated from the rest of the material, and were placed in boxes 45-47. Twelve boxes of strip image prints from Dives 518-535 are arranged at the end of the series.

Acquistion Information

This series was assembled from material sent to the Archives at various times, from Alvin Operations and scientists who conducted research at WHOI.

Processing Information

All information given on the original envelopes in which this material arrived at the archives was transcribed onto the folders. If no provenance is listed, then the material came from the Alvin Group. During processing, standard archival procedures were followed: staples and paper clips were removed and materials in poor condition were copied onto archival quality paper. Data logger tapes, most of which are on coated papers and are browning, were separated from the folders and placed in boxes 45-47.

Repository Details

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