Ernest R. Knorr papers
Scope and Content Note
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.
Language of Materials
Open: materials are available for research.
Copyright: Permission to publish material from the collection must be authorized by the Institution Archivist.
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.
2 boxes (1 lin. ft.)
Arranged in a single series:
List of Series:
The custodial history of the papers is undocumented.
Received as accession 1990-1.
- A Guide to the the Ernest R. Knorr papers, 1849-1976
- October 13, 2003
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- Finding aid written inEnglish