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Correspondence, 1930-1969


Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence with other scientists and friends in oceanographic fields, WHOI scientists at sea or in the field, U.S. Navy and government personnel, officials at the organizations and corporations for whom he served as advisor, board member or trustee, and people in the academic world. In some cases papers, articles, critiques of papers of theories, or notes for manuscripts, are included in the correspondence, (see Scientific: general correspondence 1940, 2 folders, Box 3 and 4 for letters between Iselin, Johann Hjort, and A.G. Huntsman including a paper on fisheries and marine biology).

Between the years 1930-39 Iselin maintained separate files for individuals with whom he corresponded frequently. These often contain additional material such as scientific papers and cruise orders (see Individuals: correspondence: McMurray, F.S.-1932-37, Box 1-2). After 1940, correspondence was kept in general alphabetic order by personal last name, or corporate name, with some exceptions. Subject and Correspondence files have some of the same types of materials.

Iselin maintained an interesting scientific relationship with Alfred Woodcock, documenting some of the early ideas leading to Woodcock’s publications and those that Iselin and Woodcock co-authored [General correspondence, 1939 Box 3 and Scientific: general correspondence, 1940 Box 3-4] Correspondence with Drs. Joanne and Willem Malkus, associated with WHOI, (Correspondence M, 1951-59 – Box 6).

Other correspondents include: Schroeder, W. (Box 2), Sverdrup, H., Stetson, H., Smith, Edward (Box 2), Couper, B.K. (Bureau of Ships), (Box 5), Hersey, Brackett (Box 6), von Arx. W. (Box 5), Smith, F.G. (University of Miami)(Box 5), Walford, L.A. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife)(Box 7), Todd, F.H. (Navy) (Box 7), Huntsman, A.G. (Box 8), “Chance” (Box 8), and Heezen, Bruce (Box 8).


  • 1930-1969

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.


9 boxes (4.5 lin. ft.)


Folders are arranged chronologically.

Repository Details

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