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Robert S. Detrick papers

 Record Group
Identifier: MC-98

Scope and Content Note

The Robert S. Detrick papers consist mainly of materials related to several scientific projects, as well as several folders of computer programs used for analysis of data.


  • 1992-2004

Language of Materials

The records are in

English and



Open: materials are available for research.


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

Biographical Information

Robert S. Detrick is a Senior Scientist in the Geology & Geophysics Department at WHOI. He received his B.S. in Geology/Physics from Lehigh University (1971), an M.S. in Marine Geology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1974), and his Ph.D. in Marine Geophysics from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program (1978).

Detrick's research interests include crustal accretion processes at mid-ocean ridges; the seismic structure and evolution of oceanic crust; size, depth, and physical properties of ridge crest magma chambers; nature of mantle flow beneath mid-ocean ridges and relationship to ridge segmentation and axial topography; relationship between seismic structure of oceanic crust and geology ofthe crust.


2 boxes (2 lin. ft.)


The Robert S. Detrick papers consist mainly of materials relating to several scientific projects, as well as several folders of computer programs used for analysis of data.


The papers are arranged in four series:

Custodial History

The papers had been stored in Robert Detrick's office in Marine Operations prior to their transfer to the Archives.

Acquisitions Information

The material was received in the Data Library and Archives in two accessions, first on December 16, 2011 as acc2011-30 and second on August 21, 2013 as acc2013-10.

Separated Material

The Photographs series is stored in the Archives vault with the WHOI Image Collection.

Processing Information

Processed in December 2011 by David Sherman. Transparencies were removed from non-archival sleeves and binders and refoldered. The remaining material was rehoused in acid-free folders.

Material was not arranged in any discernible order when it was received in the Archives. Folders were arranged by project, and original folder titles were maintained.

Photographs were separated from the remaining material, and are stored with the WHOI Image collection. A number of videotapes from the Marine Operations department were received with the material, but were removed from the papers for separate processing. Several data tapes relating to the projects in the papers were removed and added to the data collection.

A Guide to the Robert S. Detrick papers, 1992-2004
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