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Richard Y. Morita Papers, 1949-2005View associated digital content.

The Morita Papers document the academic and research career of Richard Yukio Morita, a marine microbiologist who conducted extensive research on the effects of pressure, low temperature, and available energy on the physiology of marine bacteria.  Richard Y. Morita was a faculty member in microbiology and oceanography at Oregon State University from 1962 through 1988 and pursued an active research program as a Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Oceanography from 1989 through the 2000s.
ID: MSS Morita
Extent: 1.6 cubic feet
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Biographical / Historical Notes
Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: Richard Y. Morita Papers (MSS Morita), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: The bulk of the materials were donated by Richard Morita in 2002; small additions to the collection were received in 2004 and 2009.
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Series 1: Biographical Information, 1953-2000 Add to Shelf
Series 1 consists of a complete Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Morita that lists all of the professional positions he held, his publications, honors received, awarded grants, and other aspects of his career; an autobiographical essay written in 1995 and updated in 2000; and a U.S. Government form “Statement of Personal History" completed in 1953. The autobiographical essay is of special note as Morita describes his experiences as a child and youth in southern California; his incarceration and later military service during World War II; and his education and career.
Box-Folder 1.01 Add to Shelf
Series 2: Correspondence, 1949-2005 Add to Shelf
Series 2 comprises the bulk of this collection and consists of correspondence sent and received by Morita and associated documents and materials.  The correspondence is arranged by project, publication, or correspondent and documents Morita’s research and publishing, scientific expeditions, and the long-term relationships he developed with his collaborators and colleagues.  The series includes substantial correspondence with Claude E. ZoBell, Morita’s mentor and graduate advisor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Rita Colwell at the University of Maryland; and Francisco Torrella.  The ZoBell and Colwell correspondence files also include extensive biographical information about those two scientists.  The general correspondence pertains to publications, patents, and Morita’s research and also includes award nominations and tributes to Morita made at his retirement.  Materials documenting his teaching and service at Oregon State University are also included in the general correspondence.  This series includes 15 photographs, primarily photomicrographs.
Box-Folder 1.02: Bacteria in Oligotrophic Environments - General, 1995-1996 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.03: Bacteria in Oligotrophic Environments - Permission to Reprint, 1996 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.04: Bacteria in Oligotrophic Environments Project, 1996-1997 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.05: Biodiversity of Psychrofiles Project, 1999 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.06: Brochures and Certificates, 1966 - circa 1995 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.07: Rita Colwell, 1970-1981 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.08: Rita Colwell, 1979-2001 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.09: Dodo Research Expedition on the Vessel Argo, 1964-1965 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.10: Ian Dundas, 1986-1997 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.11: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences Project, 1997-2001 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.12: Galathea Deep Sea Expedition, 1951-1985 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.13: General Correspondence, 1957-2000 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.14: General Correspondence, 1962-1991 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.15: General Correspondence, 1967-2001 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.16: General Correspondence, 1978-2001 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.17: General Correspondence, 1968-2001 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.18: General - Publications of Articles and Book Chapters, 1998-1999 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.19: Newspaper Clippings, 1951-1981 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.20: Office of Naval Research, 1984 Add to Shelf
Proposal review process controversy.
Box-Folder 1.21: Patent for Microbial Methane Production, 1981-1982 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.22: Patent for Microbial Methane Production, 1981-1993 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.23: Publications and Clippings, 1991-2005 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.24: Task Force on the Forward Contamination of Europa: Space Studies Board, 1997-1998 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 1.25: Task Force on the Forward Contamination of Europa: Space Studies Board, 1997-2000 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.01: Task Force on the Forward Contamination of Europa: Space Studies Board, 1997-2000 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.02: Francisco Torrella, 1988-2001 Add to Shelf
Includes 14 photographs of specimens (photomicrographs).
Box-Folder 2.03: Francisco Torrella, 1978-1991 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.04: Trans-Pacific Research Expedition, 1953 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.05: U.S. vs. Milstein, 2000 Add to Shelf
Expert witness testimony.
Box-Folder 2.06: Claude E. ZoBell, 1949-1958 Add to Shelf
Includes 1 photograph.
Box-Folder 2.07: Claude E. ZoBell, 1952-1964 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 2.08: Claude E. ZoBell, 1965-1997 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.01: Claude E. ZoBell, 1971-1993 Add to Shelf
Series 3: Grant Projects, 1964-1988 Add to Shelf
Series 3 consists primarily of correspondence between Morita and agencies that funded his research – primarily the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The series also includes award notifications and grant accounting information from the Oregon State University Research Accounting Office.  A few grant applications and revised budgets are also part of this series.
Box-Folder 3.2: Grant Projects, 1967-1988 Add to Shelf
Box-Folder 3.3: Grant Projects, 1964-1980 Add to Shelf
Series 4: Publication Contracts and Financial Records, 1962-1997 Add to Shelf
Series 4 consists of publication contracts and agreements, royalty payment statements, and related documentation and correspondence for book chapters and journal articles written by Morita.  The series also includes requests to reproduce illustrations published by Morita.
Box-Folder 3.4 Add to Shelf
Series 5: Photographs, 1949-1972 Add to Shelf
Series 5 consist of photographic prints assembled by Morita depicting himself, his scientific colleagues; and research activities at sea and in tropical settings, including Pago Pago.  The series includes 60 photographic prints.  All of the photographs (with the exception of 1 color print) are b/w.  Some of the images are formal portraits and professional photographs; others are informal snapshots.
Box-Folder 3.5: Research Activities, circa 1950s Add to Shelf
Images depicting fieldwork in a tropical setting and a close-up of laboratory set-up on the Mid-Pacific Expedition in 1950 that includes S.C. Rittenberg and Morita; 3 prints.
Box-Folder 3.6: Morita and others, 1949 - circa 1970 Add to Shelf
Includes a 1949 portrait photo of Morita; snapshots and other photos of Morita working in the laboratory; photographs of Morita with groups of colleagues, including Claude E. ZoBell; a portrait photograph of Claude E. ZoBell; and photographs of a research vessel and research being conducted at sea.  22 prints
Box-Folder 3.7: Pago Pago, 1952 Add to Shelf
Snapshots of Morita and others at sea and in Pago Pago. 28 prints (1 color; 27 b/w).
Box-Folder 3.8: U.S. - Japan Conference at University of Maryland, 1972 Add to Shelf
Morita was the principal organizer and a participant in the 2nd U.S.-Japan Cooperative Conference on Marine Microbiology in College Park, Maryland.   Photographs depict participants at the conference including Morita and scientists from the United States and Japan.  7 prints.
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