Warren S. Wooster Papers

Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Copyright 2016
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175

Descriptive Summary

Languages: English
Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: Warren S. Wooster Papers
Creator: Wooster, Warren S. (Warren Scriver)
Identifier/Call Number: SMC 0181
Physical Description: 2 Linear feet (2 archives boxes, 1 flat box)
Date (inclusive): 1953-1989
Abstract: A small collection of expedition files and photographs by oceanographer Warren Wooster.

Scope and Content of Collection

A small collection of expedition files and photographs by oceanographer Warren Wooster. Subjects of note include Scripps Institution of Oceanography expeditions, including cruise planning, bathythermographs, and field data. The photographs are black and white portraits of prominent SIO faculty.
Arranged in two series: 1) EXPEDITIONS and 2) OCEANOGRAPHER PORTRAITS.


Warren S. Wooster (1921-2008) was an oceanographer and Professor Emeritus in the School of Marine Affairs and the School of Fisheries at the University of Washington. His primary professional interest was in advocacy for the interdisciplinary collaboration between fisheries managers, oceanographers and atmospheric scientists in the development of international marine policy. He was the first director of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the first president of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea, and he was a principal founder of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) in 1991.
Wooster received his M.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1947 and his Ph.D in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1953. After earning his degree, Wooster teamed with SIO physical oceanographer Joe Reid and biologist Ed Brinton in the early phases of the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI). He also led several SIO expeditions and served as Chief Scientist on the Transpac Expedition to Japan in 1953 and the STEP I Expedition to South America in 1960.
He was a professor at SIO from 1963 to 1973 and served as chairman of the Scripps Graduate Department from 1967 to 1969. He left SIO to become director of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami where he served between 1973 and 1976. He then went on to become director of the Institute of Marine Studies at the University of Washington from 1979 to 1982, and was a professor in the same department from 1976 to 1991 until retiring emeritus. Over the course of his career, Wooster published nearly one hundred papers on oceanography and marine affairs.

Preferred Citation

Warren Wooster Papers. SMC 181. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Acquisition Information

Acquired 1992, 2004 and 2006.



Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Related Materials

Warren S. Wooster papers, 1950-2001. Collection Number 3354. University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Scientific expeditions
Portrait photographs -- 20th century
Wooster, Warren S. (Warren Scriver) -- Archives
Scripps Institution of Oceanography -- Faculty -- Portraits
Scripps Institution of Oceanography



Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) EXPEDITIONS: Memoranda, correspondence, scientific logs and assorted data gathered from expeditions Transpac (1953), RRS Discovery II CRUISE 3 (1958), STEP I (1960), DODO VI (1964), LA PARED (1965) and EASTROPAC, Cruise 75 (1968). Items of note include onboard scientific cruise logs from most expeditions as well as unique memorabilia commemorating the Transpac Expedition to Japan.

Transpac Expedition

Box 3, Folder 1

Japanese welcome sign 1953 October

General note

10"x14" hand-written, painted paper sign welcoming American oceanographers to Yashima from the No. 1 and No. 2 Yashima Junior Explorers. Includes a water color painting of R/V Spencer F. Baird and various signatures, with a hand-written greeting written in Japanese on the back.
Box 1, Folder 1

Japanese welcome letter, from the First and Second Yashima Boys Explorers 1953 October 8

General note

"To Wooster Chief Scientist and the Crew of the Baird Oceanographic Expedition Party."
Box 1, Folder 2

Photographs with Japanese delegation 1953

General note

Photocopy of three b/w photographs.
Box 1, Folder 3

Photograph of Bayonnaise Rocks 1953

General note

Color photograph of archipelago taken aboard R/V Spencer F. Baird. Transpac Expedition geologist Robert L. Fisher was the first scientist to investigate Bayonnaise Rocks, a group of volcanic rocks in the Philippine Sea located about 253 miles south of Tokyo.
Box 1, Folder 4

RRS Discovery II CRUISE 3, unidentified profiles, graphs 1958

General note

Unidentified data on water temperature, salinity, oxygen and chemical compounds.

STEP I Expedition

Box 1, Folder 5

Scientific log 1960 September-December

Box 1, Folder 6

Itinerary and position data sheets 1960 September-December

Box 1, Folder 7

Unidentified profiles and graphs 1960

Box 1, Folder 8

Bathythermograph data 1960


DODO VI Expedition

Box 1, Folder 9

Scientific log (Mombasa-Mauritius) 1964 August-September

Box 1, Folder 10

Position data sheets 1964 August-September

Box 1, Folder 11

Oceanographic stations 1964

Box 1, Folder 12

Oceanographic Data Summary, scientific cruise report 1964

Box 1, Folder 13-15

Assorted profiles and graphs 1964 August

General note

Graphs depicting temperature, salinity, oxygen, and chemical compound data.
Box 1, Folder 16

Assorted chemical and physical profiles with data 1964

Box 2, Folder 1

Total dissolved solids (TDS) data 1964


LA PARED Expedition

Box 2, Folder 2

General information, correspondence and memoranda 1964-1965

Box 2, Folder 3

Equipment and supplies 1964-1965

General note

Includes information on expendable BT system.
Box 2, Folder 4

Scientific log 1965 April-May

Box 2, Folder 5

Position data sheets 1965 April-May

Box 2, Folder 6-8

Temperature and salinity data 1965

Box 2, Folder 9

Bathythermograph and chemical compound data 1965


EASTROPAC Expedition, Cruise 75

Box 2, Folder 10

General information, notes and memoranda 1968 February-April

Box 2, Folder 11

Scientific log 1968 February-April

Box 2, Folder 12

Position data sheets 1968 February-April

Box 2, Folder 13

Assorted chemical and physical profiles with data 1968 February-April



Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) OCEANOGRAPHER PORTRAITS: 15 black and white candid photographic portraits of SIO oceanographers mounted on oversized boards with biographical captions. The prints were originally displayed in an exhibit entitled "Fellow Travelers: An Exhibit of the Photographs of Warren Wooster, 1960-1989" at the SIO Library during the Fifth International Congress on the History of Oceanography, July 1993.
Box 3, Folder 2

Fisher, Robert L. 1966

Box 3, Folder 3

Fleming, Richard 1978

Box 3, Folder 4

Goldberg, Edward D. 1989

Box 3, Folder 5

Inman, Douglas 1971

Box 3, Folder 6

Menard, William 1973

Box 3, Folder 7

Munk, Walter 1971

Box 3, Folder 8

Namias, Jerome 1978

Box 3, Folder 9

Nierenberg, William A. 1975

Box 3, Folder 10

Reid, Joseph L. 1978

Box 3, Folder 11

Revelle, Roger 1971

Box 3, Folder 12

Schaefer, Milner B. 1960

Box 3, Folder 13

Shor, George G. 1973

Box 3, Folder 14

Spiess, Fred Noel 1972

Box 3, Folder 15

Urey, Harold 1973

Box 3, Folder 16

Wooster, Warren S. with wife Clarissa Wooster 1976