Scope and Content of Collection
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: Oceanography: The Making of a Science, People, Institutions & Discovery Collection
H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment
Benson, William E. (William Edward Barnes), 1919-
Frosch, Robert A. (Robert Alan), 1928-
Hamilton, Gordon, 1966-2016
Jennings, Feenan D., 1923-
Knauss, John A.
Leipper, Dale F.
Maxwell, A. E. (Arthur Eugene), 1925-
Reid, Joseph L.
Snyder, J. Edward
Watkins, James D., 1927-2012
Wooster, Warren S. (Warren Scriver), 1921-2008
Identifier/Call Number: SMC 0087
4.4 Linear feet
(11 archives boxes)
Abstract: Video recordings and oral history transcripts from a program entitled "Oceanography: The Making of a Science, People, Institutions
and Discovery." The program was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in cooperation with the H. John Heinz III
Center for Science, Economics and the Environment to celebrate the history of the ONR and oceanography.
Scope and Content of Collection
Video recordings, presentations, and oral history interview transcripts from a program entitled "Oceanography: The Making
of a Science, People, Institutions and Discovery." The program was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in cooperation
with the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment to celebrate the history of the ONR and oceanography.
The program had two components: a series of colloquia, and oral history interviews. Thirty-five videotapes record the five
regional colloquia and one national colloquium, while seventy-five videotapes record oral history interviews with forty-five
ocean scientists and engineers. Most of the oral history interviews conducted at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have
both recordings and transcripts in the collection. There are some materials from the colloquim hosted at UC San Diego.
Arranged in three series: 1) ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS, 2) COLLOQUIA RECORDINGS, 3) UC SAN DIEGO COLLOQUIUM PRESENTATIONS.
Fred E. Saalfeld, Executive Director of the Office of Naval Research, decided to celebrate the history of ONR and oceanography
by sponsoring a series of five regional colloquia held at American oceanographic facilities and a national colloquium held
in Washington, D.C. in 2000. The series was planned by the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment,
which videotaped all of the sessions. Speakers were selected by institutions fostering oceanographic research. The Heinz Center
contracted with local historians of science to do videotaped interviews with prominent ocean scientists at the regional meetings.
Oceanography: The Making of a Science, People, Institutions & Discovery Collection. SMC 87. Special Collections & Archives,
UC San Diego.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
All video recordings in this collection have been digitized, except for the Fred N. Spiess oral history interview. Contact
Special Collections & Archives to inquire about access to recordings.
Original VHS recordings are restricted for preservation reasons. Researchers may consult digital copies. Contact Special Collections
& Archives for access to recordings.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Geophysics -- History -- Congresses
Oceanography -- History -- Congresses
Science and state -- United States -- History -- Congresses
Conference papers and proceedings
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science -- History
Scripps Institution of Oceanography -- History
Texas A & M University -- History
University of Washington -- History
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution -- History