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Sea Grant College Program Records, 1964-2013

Collection Overview

Title: Sea Grant College Program Records, 1964-2013

Predominant Dates: 1967-1998

ID: RG 201

Primary Creator: Oregon State University. Sea Grant College Program.

Extent: 46.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: The records are organized into eight series: I. Proposals; II. Reports; III. News Releases & Clippings; IV. Radio Program Audiotapes; V. Awards Records; VI. Correspondence; VII. Committees; and VIII. Publications.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Sea Grant College Program Records document the establishment and adminisration of marine extension, education, and training programs; seafood and coastal environments research; and public policy analysis pertaining to marine resources and and coastal environments in Oregon.

Scope and Content Notes

Series I consists of proposals submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and the National Science Foundation for Sea Grant program funding, and include budget summaries, research projects progress reports, a program administration narrative, and biographical information on program personnel. These institutional program proposals cover the years 1967 to 2000. Proposals for the funding and continuation of the Pacific Sea Grant Advisory Program and College Program are also included in this series as well as two proposals for individual projects: "Innovative Marine Biotechnology Harnessing Cellular Machinery" and "Adapting To Change: Fishing Businesses, Families, Communities, and Regions".

In addition to biennial reports, Series II consists of project completion reports, five-year plans, research studies, an administrative review report, Marine Advisory Program leader field reports, and project rosters. The news releases and clippings pertain to research results, awards, and new staff and faculty appointments. The series also documents the 1968-69 dispute between OSU's Marine Science Center and the University of Oregon's Marine Biology Institute.

The audiotapes consists of complete Coastwatch radio programs produced and distributed by Sea Grant Communications as well as interviews and individual reports used in those programs. The awards records pertain to fellowships administered by Sea Grant in conjunction with other organizations, including the American Fisheries Society, the Governor's Natural Resource Office, and the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association. Awards described in this series include the Dean John A Knauss Fellowship and the Walter G. Jones Fisheries Development Award, which was established in 1981 as a scholarship to encourage graduate work in fisheries development.

Series VI consists primarily of correspondence, but also contains flyers, publications, and reports. In addition to administrative correspondence and chronological files, this series covers a number of subjects, including: conferences and workshops sponsored by Sea Grant, congressional re-authorization of the Sea Grant program, annual site reviews by the national Sea Grant office, the Sea Grant Association, and the procedure for submission of proposals and other paperwork.

The committee records contain correspondence, minutes, and reports generated by various administrative bodies in Sea Grant, including the Council of Sea Grant Directors, Sea Grant Advisory Council, and the Sea Grant Coordinating Committee. Among the foci covered by these committees include procedural modification process, awards selection, and the Pacific Sea Grant Advisory Program. Publications generated by Sea Grant and the Pacific Sea Grant Advisory Program constitute the bulk of Series VIII, which includes flyers and brochures for Sea Grant sponsored events, newsletters, studies, and guides to resources available from the Pacific Sea Grant Advisory Program.

An addition to the collection (Accession 2004:020) consists of records generated and collected by the Sea Grant Program and includes annual reports, conference proceedings, correspondence, newspaper clippings, studies, and publications. In addition to documentation of the historical origins, research projects, and administration of the OSU Sea Grant program, there are also materials in this accession from the Pacific Sea Grant College Program and the National Sea Grant program.

A second addition (Accession 2006:095) is made up of correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, and a photograph relating to the publication of the book "The Northwest Salmon Crisis: A Documentary History." Collected by the editors of the book, Sea Grant Program staff Sandy Ridlington and Joe Cone, these materials include book reviews, royalty information, and a list of archival documentation that appeared in the volume. Published in 1996 by the OSU Press, faculty who contributed essays to the volume include History Professor Bill Robbins and Anthropology Professor Court Smith.

A third addition (Accession 2009:025) is made up of materials documenting projects administered by the Oregon Sea Grant Program and includes correspondence, grant proposals, newspaper clippings, photographs, publications, and reports. Organized into general subject areas such as aquaculture, biotechnology, coastal processes/hazards, international programs, and marine product development, these records reflect a wide range of research topics that include: fish disease, fishing gear development, ocean law, fishing population assessment, economics of the boating industry, tsunami studies, and marine safety training. An inventory listing various details of these projects including title, principle investigator(s), funding amount, duration, and related projects is available.

A fourth addition (Accession 2009:047) is made up of press releases generated by the OSU Sea Grant program that were distributed through the OSU News and Communications Office and issued as announcements to be read on radio stations. Clippings from various Oregon newspapers about Sea Grant projects and general oceanic research by OSU faculty were also found in this transfer.

A fifth addition (Accession 2013:008) is made up of conference proceedings, correspondence, flyers, newsletters, newspaper clippings, publications, reports, and research proposals. Much of this material documents interaction and collaboration between Sea Grant and other organizations focused on marine management, research, and protection (including the national Sea Grant Program). Other organizations represented in these files include: the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Oregon Coastal Conservation and Development Commission, the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Otter Trawl Commission of Oregon, and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. Among the topics addressed in these records include: aquaculture, water pollution, marine entanglement, invasive species, and oyster diseases. Some of these records also document the establishment/early history of OSU Sea Grant as well as program assessments and planning activities.

A sixth addition to the collection (Accession 2014:073) is made up of a presentation, reports, and sound recordings documenting Sea Grant Program research, administration, and history. The research pertains to studies of the effect of underwater fishing boat noise upon albacore tuna catch. In addition to an article reprint and a report, there is also a list of the fishing vessels involved in the study and three cassette sound recordings from the project. Two other reports in this transfer reflect activities of the COPE (Coastal Oregon Productivity Enhancement) Program and cover the 1988 and 1989 fiscal years. The presentation, delivered by OSU Seafood Lab Director Christina DeWitt, relates to the history of the Seafood Laboratory.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The OSU Sea Grant program was established on Feb. 20, 1968 as a result of the National Sea Grant Program and College Act of 1966. It was the first and largest of three programs set up at that time. Its mission was to develop "an understanding and appreciation of how to live with the ocean and how to manage the coastal zone." The program has focused on five areas: marine extension, education and training, seafood research, coastal environments, and public policy analysis. It is cooperatively funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, by the State of Oregon and local communities, and by private industry. Initially administered by Oceanography Professor Herbert F. Frolander, the Sea Grant program at OSU has also been directed by William Wick (1973-1988) and Robert Malouf (1989-).

Walter G. Jones earned bachelor's (1951) and master's (1958) degrees from Oregon State College. At the time of his death in 1980, he had worked for more than 25 years in fisheries and was chief of fisheries development for the National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region. Former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) administrator John A. Knauss helped to found the Sea Grant Program.

Administrative Information

Related Materials: In addition to institutional records, there is also a collection for the Sea Grant College Program Photographs (P 185) and the Oregon Sea Grant Communications Moving Images (FV 185). There are numerous Sea Grant College Program publications in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings as well. Other collections which contain materials pertaining to Sea Grant's establishment, funding, and marine extension programs include the Extension Service Records (RG 111), President's Office Records (RG 013), Research Accounting Office Records (RG 026), and the Center for the Humanities Records (RG 221). The William Q. Wick Papers (MSS Wick) document the work of Sea Grant Director William Wick.

Preferred Citation: Sea Grant College Program Records (RG 201), Oregon State University Special Coillections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 19, 2015.


Oregon State University. Sea Grant College Program.
Frolander, Herbert F.
Malouf, Robert E.
Wick, William Q.

People, Places, and Topics

Coastal zone management--Oregon.
Coastwatch (Radio program)
Fishery processing--Oregon.
History of Science
Marine resources--Research--Oregon.
Marine resources conservation--Research--Oregon.
Oregon State University. Sea Grant College Program.
Pacific Sea Grant Advisory Program
University History

Forms of Material

Sound recordings.

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