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William Q. Wick Papers, 1966-1989

By Karl McCreary and Elizabeth Nielsen

Collection Overview

Title: William Q. Wick Papers, 1966-1989

ID: MSS Wick

Primary Creator: Wick, William Q.

Extent: 0.15 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The William Q. Wick Papers document the career and research endeavors of William Q. Wick, Sea Grant College Program Director at Oregon State University from 1973 to 1990.

Scope and Content Notes

The William Q. Wick Papers document the career and research endeavors of William Q. Wick as a faculty member and administrator in Marine Advisory and Sea Grant programs at Oregon State University.  The Papers include speeches; articles and essary; correspondence; newspaper clippings; certificates; and photographs.

The speeches (1972-1987) include conference papers, opening remarks and addresses, congressional testimony, and undated speech notes. The focus of the testimony is the re-authorization of Sea Grant funding and support of the National Aquaculture Organic Act. The articles and essays consist of reprints and final drafts of articles published in scientific journals and popular magazines between 1966 and 1989.  Topics addressed include estuaries, marine extension education, coastal zone management, and the Pacific Sea Grant Advisory Program.

The correspondence (1968-1987) primarily pertains to Wick's appointment as Director of the Sea Grant program, attendance of conferences and meetings, receipt of awards, and communication with long-time colleagues. Newspaper clippings (1968-1976) from the Tillamook Headlight-Herald, Statesman-Journal, and Ocean Industry Magazine pertain to Wick's appointment as Sea Grant Director, receipt of awards, and appearance at various meetings and workshops. The two certificates were awarded to Wick by the Corvallis Kiwanis Club (1972) and the Salem Downtown Lions Club (1969) for his appearance as a guest speaker.

The photographs consist of two prints of a portrait photograph of Wick made in about 1970.  Seven photographs of oyster beds and harvesting operations at an unidentified location, presumably the Oregon coast, are also included.  These photographs were taken by Wick and featured in the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program publication, Oyster Farming: Culturing, Harvesting and Processing a Product of the Pacific Coast Area.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in 1927, William Wick came to Oregon State College to study fish and game management and received both B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1950 and 1952, respectively. First employed by OSU in 1960 as an Extension Service Agent for Tillamook County, Wick left seven years later to work at the OSU Marine Science Center in Newport. In 1968, Wick assumed the post of Program Leader of the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and a year later became coordinator of the regional Pacific Sea Grant Advisory Program. For his efforts in the Marine Advisory Programs, Wick received the U.S. Department of Agriculture Superior Award in 1971. In 1973, Wick became Director of the OSU Sea Grant Program. Wick retired as Sea Grant Director on December 31, 1990.

Author: Karl McCreary

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 9 photographs; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The bulk of the materials were received with Sea Grant College Program Records and separated in 2002.  The photographs of oyster beds and harvesting operations were transferred from the Hatfield Marine Science Center Guin Library in 2011.

Related Materials: Records relating to Wick's tenure as Director of Sea Grant can be found in the Sea Grant College Program Records (RG 201).

Preferred Citation: William Q. Wick Papers (MSS Wick), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Wick, William Q.

People, Places, and Topics

Coastal zone management--Oregon.
History of Science
Marine resources--Research--Oregon.
Natural Resources
Pacific Sea Grant Advisory Program
University History

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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