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UC San Diego. Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Visibility Laboratory Records
SAC 0038  
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Description
The Visibility Laboratory conducted research in the fields of optics and underwater visibility. Funded primarily through U.S. government contracts, Laboratory researchers studied problems of camouflage, detection, atmospheric optics, and remote sensing of the Earth and oceans. The records document the administration and contract history of the Laboratory.
Background
The Visibility Laboratory was founded in 1939 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by Dr. Seibert Quimby Duntley and Dr. Arthur Hardy. Initially funded by the Works Progress Administration, the Laboratory focused on the problem of surface camouflage in the event of an aerial attack. As World War II continued, the National Defense Research Committee (NDRC) broadened the Laboratory's scope of research, funding studies in target detection, the visibility of underwater objects, and the detection of downed pilots.
Extent
33.4 Linear feet (33 record cartons and 1 archives box)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.