These papers document the career of Kenneth S. Norris, covering his research in marine
mammal science and desert ecology, his professional activities, and his teaching career at
UC Santa Cruz and UC Los Angeles. The collection includes research grants, proposals, data
notebooks, and recordings; lecture notes, speech outlines, syllabi, and other teaching
materials; field notes from his many research trips; materials from the Natural History
Field Quarter class he helped establish at UC Santa Cruz; documents regarding the UC Natural
Reserve System; personal and professional correspondence; and publication drafts and
unpublished writings. Major topics covered in these papers include the passage of the Marine
Mammal Protection Act, the Field Quarter class at UC Santa Cruz, sand dunes and other desert
environment research, conservation of wildlife and the UC Natural Reserve System,
echolocation and other dolphin behavior, his work with the Institute of Marine Sciences, and
his work in solving the tuna-porpoise problem, which involved dolphins and porpoises being
caught with tuna in commercial fishing nets. Forms of materials include correspondence,
reports, notebooks, manuscripts, publications, clippings, scrapbooks, audiovisual
recordings, speeches, awards, photographic prints, and slides.
Kenneth S. Norris was a renowned naturalist, conservationist, and professor known for his
ground-breaking research on dolphins and whales. He was a pioneer in the study of dolphin
behavior, particularly in early research on echolocation, and his long career included
research and teaching in desert geology, herpetology, and ichthyology, as well as marine
mammal science, with positions at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCLA, the
Marineland of the Pacific, the Oceanic Institute and Sea Life Park in Hawai'i, and UC Santa
Cruz. While working in Santa Cruz, Norris helped establish the Center for Coastal Marine
Studies (now the Institute of Marine Sciences) and the Long Marine Laboratory, the
University of California Natural Reserve System, the Natural History Field Quarter program,
and was involved in the passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. His many
published works include Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises (1966),
Dolphin Days (1991), and Mountain Time (2010).
68.71 Linear Feet
(43 half cartons; 18 cartons; 2 5x7" photo boxes; 4 4" slide
boxes; 29 flats; 1 roll)
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