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College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Records, 1943-2008

Scope and Content Note

Subgroup 1 documents the administration of the college and its research vessels in the 1960s and 1970s. Records include program proposals, reports, 5 year plans, correspondence and dedication materials pertaining to the college's research vessels, and materials pertaining to other oceanographic research organizations. Subgroup 2 documents the operations of the research vessels Yaquina and Cayuse. It includes deck log books and cruise reports from 1964-1979, and ship operations grant records from 1960-1967.

An addition to the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Records (Accession 2002:083) consists of records generated by the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences pertaining to the Pattullo Study Exchange Program and the management of the College's records in connection with the University Archives. Consisting primarily of correspondence, memoranda, and mailing lists, the materials relating to the Pattullo Program document the origins of the program as well as the interaction between OSU and other research facilities and universities involved in the exchange program. Originating in 1964 with the decision to collect and publish a volume of reprints from faculty in the School of Oceanography, the program quickly evolved into a service in which the school traded the annually published collections of faculty reprints with research publications from other universities and institutes. Also reflected in these records is the global reach of this program, with requests for publications from countries in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. June Grace Pattullo, for whom the program is named, served as a Professor in the School of Oceanography from 1960 to 1972.

A second addition to the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Records (Accession 2004:097) consists of a packet of photocopied readings and notes for the course Ecology of Marine Zooplankton (Oceanography 442) assembled by COAS Professor Charles B. Miller.

A third addition to the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Records (Accession 2009:040) is made up of copies of the OSU School of Oceanography "Exposure" Newsletter, which highlight developments in ocean technology research.

A fourth addition to the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Science Records (Accession 2012:089) consists of data collected by the University of Washington sent to Oceanography Professor Wayne Burt. Documenting ocean water samples taken from various locations off the Oregon coast, the data are entered on "oceanographic station summary sheets" that record the temperature salinity, density, oxygen level, and phosphate level of the samples at different depths.

A fifth addition to the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Science Records (Accession 2013:006) consists of materials generated and collected by the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences and is made up of an account ledger, brochures, correspondence, handbooks, historical essays, newspaper clippings, reports, statistical data, and studies. Among the subjects covered in these records include: the construction of Burt Hall, the change of the Oceanography program from a department to a school, site development planning for the Hatfield Science Marine Center, long range planning, the "Elakha" Research Vessel, an inspection of COAS by the National Science Foundation, the OSU-IBM high performance computing initiative, and the history of the OSU Oceanography program.

A sixth addition to the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Science Records (Accession 2013:088) is made up of materials generated and collected by the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences that document oceanography at OSU and is made up of a cd, correspondence, event programs, a floppy disk, newsletters, newspaper clippings, publications, reports, and staff lists. The bulk of this transfer is made up of publications with features about oceanographic research and faculty. The cd contains PDF files of the "Highlights" publication and the disk consists of files for notebook compiled on the history of the College of Oceanography. Among the historical events reflected in these records include: the presentation of the paper "Oceanography: The Making of a Science-the Oregon State Story" at the 2000 Office Naval Research colloquium in Seatlle and the 1987 dedication of the Oceanography Building as Burt Hall. The event programs pertain to the OSU Salmon Bowl high school ocean sciences quiz competition.


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