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Hatfield Marine Science Center Records, 1961-2005

Scope and Content Note

Primarily consisting of correspondence, Series I documents the administration of HMSC covering topics such as policy and procedure development, space allocation, long range planning, physical plant management, research equipment needs, staffing, and interaction with organizations like the Oregon State System of Higher Education (OSSHE) Marine Sciences Commission. This series also includes brochures, grant proposals, and reports. In addition to annual reports, Series II includes a five-year review, Marine Science Extension Education Specialist field reports, a visitor fee and registration feasibility study, OSSHE Marine Sciences Commission reports, an operations plan, site investigation studies, fiscal status reports, and an essay on Extension Sea Grant history.

Series III consists of records generated by HMSC committees and is made up of correspondence, meeting minutes, agendas, and reports. Materials relating to instruction and the development of academic programs at HMSC constitute the focus of Series IV, which includes correspondence, course lists, class outlines, grant proposals, mailing lists, publications, reports, and tour presentation notes.

Series V pertains to the construction, maintenance, and use of buildings and other structures at HMSC and includes correspondence, grant proposals, newspaper clippings, and reports. The newspaper clippings in Series VI document the development of HMSC, staff research and news, Yaquina Bay planning issues, public education programs, dedication ceremonies, and center funding. The articles are clipped primarily from the Newport News-Times, Oregonian, and Statesman Journal. Series VII relates to the planning and publicity of various HMSC dedications, anniversary celebrations, and other ceremonial events. In addition to a guestbook, this Series includes brochures, correspondence, flyers, newspaper clippings, press releases, and speeches.

The publications include newsletters, brochures, Extension Service circulars, a directory, flyers, studies, and a historical essay. In addition to general information about HMSC, the materials in Series VIII publicize workshops, seminars, and classes and include staff news and historical information.

Series IX is a reel-to-reel sound recording of the dedication ceremony of the Marine Science Center Instructional Building/Library. The two maps in Series X depict Yaquina Bay and geological and structural features in addition to the HMSC site. One of the maps is a depth survey study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the other is a hand drawn outline of the bay noting rock groin and possible fill areas.

An addition to the Hatfield Marine Science Center Records (Accession 2002:034) consists of materials generated by the Hatfield Marine Science Center and includes annual reports (1997/98, 2000/01), brochures, correspondence, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, publications, and videotapes. Among the subjects covered in these records are the Center 's dedication ceremony, the search for a Center Director, and problems in securing a saline water supply. The videotapes (6) include a television segment on the Center, two copies of a slide-tape program about the Center, and two episodes from the Earth and Sea Investigators program series. The photographs consist of color slides of the Hatfield Marine Science Center facility in Newport.

A second addition to the Hatfield Marine Science Center Records (Accession 2006:045) consists of telephone directories listing employees and graduate students working at the Hatfield Marine Science Center with some including information on department affiliation and home address.

A third addition to the Hatfield Marine Science Center Records (Accession 2012:014) consists of four reports generated in the course of a redesign project of the public wing of the Hatfield Marine Science Center. The reports contain drawings of exhibit concepts, communication plans, and draft wording for signage/graphics.

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