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Bryce Prindle papers

 Record Group
Identifier: MC-55

Scope and Content Note

The Bryce Prindle papers consist of research materials, logs, data, photographs, reports and samples of various plastics relating to Prindle's work on the problem of fish bite in buoy line failures.


  • 1969-1995

Language of Materials

The records are in



Open: materials are available for research.


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

Biographical Information

Bryce Prindle was born October 23, 1909 in Brule, Wisconsin. He received his B.S. (1931) in Industrial Biology, and Ph.D. (1935) in Microbiology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

After his Ph.D., Prindle did post-doctoral research in the microbiology of textile fibers at MIT, and taught bacteriology at Iowa State College. During World War II, he was the Field Supervisor in Dehydration in the U.S. Army's Office of the Quartermaster General, where he worked on maintaining production in dehydrated food plants. After the war, he ran the biological research program of the Plymouth Cordage Company in Plymouth, MA, which included developing preservation treatments for marine cordage. Later, he was a Professor in the Division of Mathematics and Science at Babson College for many years.

Prindle was a Visiting Investigator at WHOI beginning in the summer of 1961, and worked most summers until 1995. His early work included the study of biological deterioration on components of deep-sea buoy assemblies and the prevention of buoy line failures. When his studies found indications that fishbite was the cause of many of the failures in the lines, he began studying the problem of fishbite. The material in the papers relates to his fishbite studies.

Prindle died on November 25, 1998 at the age of 89.


5 boxes plus photographs (7.25 lin. ft.)


The Bryce Prindle papers consist of research, photographs and material samples relating to Prindle's work on the problem of fish bite in mooring line failures.


The papers are arranged in five series:

Custodial History

The material had been stored in Prindle's office in Bigelow 410.

Acquisitions Information

The material was received from Charles Stock as acc2002-16 on July 7, 2002.

Related Material

See Prindle's published materials in the MBLWHOI Library catalog.

Separated Material

A scale and microscope from Prindle's office in Bigelow 410 were received from Charles Stock as acc2002-18 on June 1, 2002 and were added to the Historical Instruments Collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Annie Polachi from January-March 2013.

A Guide to the Bryce Prindle papers, 1969-1995
David Sherman
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written inEnglish

Repository Details

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