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Georges Bank Book, 1980-1988


Scope and Content Note

The series pertains to Georges Bank, a book edited by Backus and published in 1987. The book is a history of Georges Bank, the fishing area located SW of Nova Scotia in the Gulf of Maine. Over 100 writers collaborated on and contributed to sections of the book, with chapters devoted to the science of Georges Bank (including geology, climate, tides, chemistry, microbiology, and zoology), history of the fishing industry in the area, policy administration and management, and the impact of petroleum development on the Georges Bank ecosystem. Drafts of all articles, and reviewer comments, are included in the collection, organized alphabetically by author name. A list of the articles and their authors can be found in Subseries 2, under "Publishing and Printing: MIT Press." Other than the Georges Bank book, no information about Backus' research while at WHOI is included in this collection.


  • 1980-1988

Language of Materials

From the Record Group:

The records are in



Open: materials are available for research.


5.5 boxes (2.75 lin. ft.)


The series is arranged in two subseries:

  1. Subseries 1: Contributors
  2. Subseries 2: Administrative and Miscellaneous

Folders in each subseries are arranged alphabetically, and folder contents are arranged in reverse chronological order, with undated material at the back of each folder.

Repository Details

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