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Oral History Collection

Identifier: AC-45

Scope and Content Note

Most of the collection consists of oral histories from the Woods Hole Oral History Project, which includes interviews with scientists, administrators and staff of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory and the United States Geological Survey in Woods Hole. Also included in the collection are several other oral history projects that contain interviews with Woods Hole scientists, as well as recordings of meetings and colloquia relating to the history of oceanography and Woods Hole science institutions.

The oral histories are in a variety of formats, including audio recordings, video recordings and transcripts.


  • 1971-2012

Language of Materials

The records are in English.


Original recordings are restricted for preservation reasons. Contact Institution Archivist for access options.


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

Historical Information

The Oral History Collection contains recordings and transcripts from several projects documenting the history of WHOI, MBL and the USGS. Interviews also discuss individuals and events related to the institutions, Woods Hole and the history of oceanography generally.


27 boxes (47 lin. ft.)


The Oral History Collection consists of recordings and transcripts of interviews, discussions, and events relating to the history of WHOI, MBL, the USGS and oceanography generally.

Custodial History

See series descriptions and control file for more information.

Acquisitions Information

Acquired at various times. See series descriptions and control file for more acquisitions information.

A Guide to the Oral History Collection
David Sherman
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

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