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Subjects, 1931-1974


Scope and Content Note

This series contains a great deal of administrative correspondence related to the associations, organizations, panels, committees, council, and corporate advisory boards in which Iselin participated actively from 1939-68. Bermuda Biological Station folders show Iselin’s role in establishing this WHOI partnership in hydrological and biological research, and as its director and a trustee. In addition there are meeting reports, summaries, reviews, proposals, contract and proposal material, material on the Senate Marine Science Bill and hearings at which Iselin testified (Box 9). Correspondence in the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Oceanography folder discusses disposal of radioactive waste at sea, and communication with Richard Vetter on the Navy’s mission to control research ships (Box 7). Iselin was very involved with ship design and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (Box 6) contains detailed material about Project H-7, Seakeeping Characteristics. WHOI was in the business of providing institutions with “standard sea water” (Box 4). An early Atlantis cruise to Cuban waters is also discussed (Box 1).


  • 1931-1974

Language of Materials

From the Record Group:

The records are in



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


15 boxes (7.5 lin. ft.)


Folders are arranged chronologically.

Repository Details

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