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Raitt (Russell W.) Papers
SMC 0035  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • OFF-SITE STORAGE
  • Publication Rights
  • Digital Content
  • Processing Information

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: Russell W. Raitt Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SMC 0035
    Physical Description: 8.4 Linear feet (19 archives boxes and 2 card file boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1992, bulk 1941-1979
    Abstract: Papers of Scripps Institution of Oceanography geophysicist Russell W. Raitt, including correspondence, research files, laboratory notebooks, and teaching materials.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers of Scripps Institution of Oceanography geophysicist Russell W. Raitt, including correspondence, research files, laboratory notebooks and teaching materials. Raitt researched underwater acoustics and seismology with the University of California Division of War Research (UCDWR), the Naval Electronics Laboratory (NEL) and the Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL). He participated in several SIO research expeditions and cruises from the 1940s through the 1970s, and the collection contains notes and data related to these endeavors.
    Raitt collaborated with scholars internationally, often presenting at conferences and publishing research results. Highlights of these collaborations include Raitt's 1956 notebook from a research trip to Cambridge, England and his participation on the Discovery II expedition, as well as his 1970-1971 trip journal aboard the Soviet cruise Vityaz.
    Arranged in eight series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) RESEARCH, 3) EXPEDITIONS AND CRUISES, 4) WRITINGS, 5) TEACHING AND LECTURES, 6) COMMITTEES AND ORGANIZATIONS, 7) SIO AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, and 8) SLIDES.

    Biography

    Geophysicist Russell W. Raitt was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1907. He earned his bachelor's degree in physics in 1929 and his Ph.D. in 1935 from the California Institute of Technology.
    Upon graduation, Raitt founded the Geophysical Engineering Corporation in Pasadena, CA. He then moved to La Jolla, and from 1941 to 1945 conducted research on acoustics and the sea floor for the University of California Division of War Research (UCDWR). After the war, Raitt joined the newly developed University of California Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) as a senior research associate. When MPL merged into the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) in 1948, Raitt became an associate professor, studying underwater acoustics and sonar engineering. Raitt used seismic refraction techniques to study the sea floor, and advanced signifigant theories of sea-floor structure, evolution, and spreading. Raitt retired in 1976. He died in 1995 in San Diego.

    Preferred Citation

    Russell W. Raitt Papers. SMC 35. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 1981-1995.

    OFF-SITE STORAGE

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Digital Content

    Sound recordings in the collection have been digitized.

    Processing Information

    Processing records for the first major 1981 accession of Raitt's office files note that they were disorderly, incomplete, and stored in colored binders. The original binder color, if applicable, has been noted on the folders (pink materials were created and maintained by MPL staff). Original folder titles and contents have generally been preserved.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Marine geophysics -- Research
    Underwater acoustics
    Ocean bottom -- Research
    Raitt, Russell W. (Russell Watson), 1907-1995 -- Archives
    Scripps Institution of Oceanography -- Archives