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Gilmore (Raymond Maurice) Collection
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library
    Title: Raymond M. Gilmore Collection
    creator: Gilmore, Raymond M. (Raymond Maurice), 1907-1983
    Identifier/Call Number: LA.1984.1.65
    Physical Description: 65.0 Linear feet 65 Boxes of archival material including files, manuscripts, correspondence, realia.
    Date (bulk): 1977-1983
    Date (inclusive): Between 1955 and 1983
    Abstract: The Raymond M. Gilmore Collection consists of material related to Gilmore's work in the field of marine mammals as Research Associate and Chair of the Office of Marine Mammal Information at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of 65 boxes of material relating to Gilmore's research on marine mammals. It includes lecture notes, clippings, correspondence, published articles, sketches; research notes on coastal migration and census data of whales, conference materials, abstracts, and notes from speeches; cruise reports; rough work copies of The Fauna and Ethno Zoology of South America; whale sightings reports; notes on Antarctic research, biology, and comparative anatomy; miscellaneous writings and articles.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Raymond Maurice Gilmore (1907-1983) was an American zoologist and a recognized authority on whales. Born in Ithaca, New York on January 1, 1907, Gilmore was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and Berkeley, California. His father was the agronomist John W. Gilmore, first president of the University of Hawaii. Educated at the University of California, Berkeley (A.B. 1930, M.S. 1933), Harvard University (Virginia Barret Gibbs Scholar, 1934-1935), and Cornell University (PhD 1942), Gilmore conducted epidemiological research for the Rockefeller Institute in South America before joining the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1946. A research associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum from 1955, Gilmore was director of the Museum's Office of Marine Mammal Information from 1977. He conducted the first census of California gray whales and is credited with promoting public interest in their conservation by leading whale-watching excursions for the Museum. Gilmore died on December 31, 1983.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright may be reserved. Consult the San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library Director for more information.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Access to the Raymond M. Gilmore Collection is restricted. Please consult the Library Director, San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Raymond M. Gilmore Collection (Archives collection 1984.1.65). Research Library, San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Processing Information

    This is an unprocessed collection in the archives of the San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library; not all of the contents of this collection have been fully inventoried.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gray whale -- California
    Gray whale -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula)
    Marine biology
    Whale watching
    Whales -- California, Gulf of.