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WHOI Office of the Director records, (Robert Gagosian)

Identifier: AC-09.8

Scope and Content Note

The records of the WHOI Office of the Director, 1993-2006 (Robert Gagosian) consist of 11 cartons of records that span the years 1981-2006, with the bulk of the material falling within his years as Director.


  • 1993-2006

Language of Materials

The records are in



Closed/Restricted: materials are only available to the Office of Origin for thirty years, after which they may only be viewed by the Office of Origin or with permission of the Archivist.


Copyright: Permission to publish material from the collection must be authorized by the Institution Archivist.

Administrative History

On May 18, 1992 Craig Dorman announced that he would step down on August 1 after serving 4 1/2 years as the Institution’s sixth Director. Upon the recommendation of the Trustee’s Executive Committee to the Board of Trustees, Robert Gagosian was elected to the position of Acting Director, effective August 1, 1993. Senior Scientist Fred Sayles became Acting Associate Director of Research on September 1. In January 1994, Gagosian was named the 7th Director of WHOI.

Dr. Gagosian had been with WHOI since 1972 and served as the Senior Associate Director and Director of Research before his term as President and Director. During Dr. Gagosian’s term, he fulfilled a seven-year strategic plan for the institution, including the creation of the Ocean Institutes, completed the Quissett Campus redevelopment and new laboratories project, launched the new coastal research vessel, Tioga , and secured funding to replace the 42-year old research submarine, Alvin .


11 boxes (13.75 linear feet)


The records of the WHOI Office of the Director, 1993-2006 consist of the administrative records of Director Robert Gagosian.


The records are divided into four series:

Custodial History

The records were maintained in the Office of the Director prior to their transfer to the Archives.

Acquisitions Information

The archival collection of Robert Gagosian, WHOI Director, 1993-2006, was transferred into the Archives after his tenure.

Related Material

Additional sources of information about the history of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution during Robert Gagosian’s directorship include WHOI’s Annual Report for the years 1978-1989 that detail the yearly scientific activities of the Institution as well as its physical growth. Material about Dorman is available in the WHOI Biographical Files. The Director’s Annual Reports to Trustees and the Corporation further highlight activities in the Institution.

Processing Information

Processing of the collection was partly supported by a Grant-in-Aid from the Friends of the Center for History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics. Processed by Margot Brown Garritt.

A Guide to the WHOI Office of the Director records, (Robert Gagosian), 1993-2006
Margot B. Garritt
December 1998
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Finding aid written inEnglish

Repository Details

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