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Marine Fouling Project records

 Record Group
Identifier: AC-35

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of reports, correspondence, data, and photographs associated with the Marine Fouling Project during the 1940’s.


  • 1939-1951

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.

Historical Information

Prompted by a desire to obtain more fundamental knowledge of how to prevent marine fouling, the U.S. Navy arranged, from time to time, for biological investigations. This work supplied valuable information on the toxicity of potential paint ingredients to marine organisms, on the nature of the fouling population, its rate of growth, its seasonal and geographical incidence, and the relation of the service in which ships are employed to their tendency to foul.

The proposal that slimes, produced by bacteria and diatoms on submerged surfaces, had an important bearing on subsequent fouling, aroused much interest and led to investigations which culminated in the establishment of the Naval Biological Laboratory at San Diego, and also initiated the work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The investigations of marine fouling were intiated at WHOI under the supervision of Dr. Selman A. Waksman.

[Taken from The Prevention of Marine Fouling, Eighth Report to the Bureau of Ships, Part II.]


8 boxes (5.5 lin. ft.)


Arranged in a single series.

List of Series:

Custodial History

The custodial history of the collection is undocumented.

Acquisitions Information

Some of the records were received as accession 82-58.

Related Material

See also microfilmed set of the reports and interim reports of the project, and WHOI 1945. R4 and VM 951.W74 1952.

Processing Information

First-level processing completed by Beverly Woods and Marisa Hudspeth in February 2004.

A Guide to the Marine Fouling Project records, 1939-1951
Beverly Woods and Marisa Hudspeth
February 2004
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Language of description note
Finding aid written inEnglish

Repository Details

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