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Guide to the Donald P. Abbott papers
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC1096
    Creator: Abbott, Donald Putnam, 1920-1986
    Title: Donald P. Abbott papers
    Dates: circa 1955-1982
    Physical Description: 3.25 Linear feet
    Summary: The papers consist primarily of notes and photographs created by Abbott for use in the classroom.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    This collection was an administrative transfer from Hopkins Marine Station, 2012.

    Information about Access

    Files in series 3 are restricted until January 1, 2050. Otherwise, the materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    [identification of item], Donald P. Abbott papers (SC1096). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Donald Putnam Abbott was born in 1920, and raised in Chicago. After Don graduated from University High School, he headed west to Hawaii where he attended the University of Hawaii, earbubg a degree in Zoology in 1941. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army, serving in the Chemical Warfare Service through the war. When the war was over, he earned a PhD in Zoology from Berkeley in 1950. After 1950 he spent his entire career at the Hopkins Marine Station (with excursions to the Pacific and Indian Oceans). He retired in 1982, going back to Hawaii.
    Don Abbott's courses at the Hopkins Marine Station were alway very popular, and the classroom was always full of students. For ten years Abbott also offered a field course on the invertebrates on campus. He received the Dean's Award for teaching in 1978 and that at the 1982 Commencement, he received the Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Education. A considerable part of Don's research was done at sea, or on tropical islands. Abbott's teaching extended to "Stanford at Sea", established in 1963 by the gift of Harold Miller's yacht, Te Vega, which was refitted as a marine biology facility and operated by Hopkins Marine Station from 1963 to 1970. Don was on many of these cruises: to the Indian Ocean (Mombasa to Singapore in 1964), to Hawaii in 1967, the Eastern Pacific in 1968, and on Proteus to British Columbia in 1970.
    Abbott died in 1986.

    Scope and Contents

    The papers consist primarily of notes created by Don Abbott for use in class lectures, talks, and seminars. Also included are photographs of Abbott's blackboard illustrations used in the classroom, and other course-related material. Papers related to student grades and identification numbers are restricted.

    Access Terms

    Hopkins Marine Station--Curricula.
    Hopkins Marine Station--Faculty.
    Hopkins Marine Station
    Marine biology--Research
    Marine invertebrates.