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Manuscripts, 1926-1969


Scope and Content Note

This series contains drafts, lectures given at Harvard and M.I.T., reprints or copies of articles written by Iselin and about him, speeches, a radio talk, a report to the Institution Trustees, memos to staff and general notes, ranging from 1926 to 1969. The recurring subjects are the physical oceanography of the Gulf Stream, circulation, current systems of Florida or the North Atlantic, the role of oceanography in the military, and resources of the sea. Iselin often reworked a text with the same title and updated it for a different audience or as his views changed over the years. See the Personal series for drafts of WHOI During the War Years, The Backus Factor, a humorous piece about chief engineer of the first Atlantis , and a draft of Iselin’s personal history (use RESTRICTED).


  • 1926-1969

Language of Materials

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Open/Restricted: most materials in the collection are available for research; some materials may only be viewed with permission of the Archivist.


6 boxes (3 lin. ft.)


Folders are arranged chronologically.

Repository Details

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