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New York Zoological Society. Department of Tropical Research. Oceanographic expeditions. General records

 Fonds
Identifier: 1005E
These records are derived from many of the oceanographic expeditions of the Department of Tropical Research, between 1923 and 1957. Documentation and disposition of marine specimens is a major topic. Study materials and miscellaneous correspondence are also included, with pediculates and other deep-sea fishes among the prominent subjects.

Dates

  • 1923-1957

Creator

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Extent

1.2 linear feet (2 Hollinger boxes, 2 half-Hollinger boxes)

Overview

This collection derives from many of the oceanographic expeditions of the Department of Tropical Research, between 1923 and 1957, led by William Beebe. It includes records created during the DTR's explorations in the depth of the sea with the submersible diving bell, the bathysphere. Documentation and disposition of marine specimens is a major topic. Study materials and miscellaneous correspondence are also included, with pediculates and other deep-sea fishes among the prominent subjects.

Historical Note

In 1923 the Department of Tropical Research, under the direction of William Beebe, commenced its oceanographic work. Over the next seventeen years, expeditions were undertaken in the West Indies, Sargasso Sea, Hudson Gorge, Bermuda, and the Eastern Pacific, from San Diego, California to the Galapagos Archipelago. In Bermuda between 1928 and 1940, the DTR conducted intensive ecological investigations within well-defined areas of deep-sea and shore zones, and undertook record-breaking explorations in the depth of the sea with the submersible diving bell, the bathysphere.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into four series:
Series 1
Invertebrate catalogs, 1923-1941
Series 2
Keys and outlines, circa 1920-1937
Series 3
Memoranda, correspondence, and lists relating to specimen collections, 1938-1957, arranged in two subseries:
(3A) Memoranda and correspondence
(3B) Lists
Series 4
Study material on pediculates

Acquisition Information

Internal transfer.

Related Collections

Collection 1005A. Department of Tropical Research general records, 1900-1971.

Collection 1005B. Department of Tropical Research British Guiana and Venezuela records, 1916-1924.

Collection 1005C. Department of Tropical Research Rancho Grande, Venezuela records, 1945-1949.

Collection 1005D. Department of Tropical Research Simla Station, Trinidad records, 1949-1961.

Collection 1005F. Department of Tropical Research Noma and Arcturus records, 1923-1925.

Collection 1005G. Department of Tropical Research Zaca records, 1936-1938.

Collection 1005H. Department of Tropical Research Antares and Hardi Biaou records, 1932-1936.

Collection 1005I. Department of Tropical Research eastern Pacific expedition records, 1933-1947.

Collection 1005J. Department of Tropical Research Bermuda oceanographic expedition records, 1929-1949.

Collection 1006. Gloria Hollister papers, 1925-1988.

Collection 1016. Department of Tropical Research additional records, 1900-1971.

Collection 1017. William Beebe and John Tee-Van records, 1909-1947.
Title
Guide to the General Records of the New York Zoological Society Department of Tropical Research oceanographic expeditions, 1923-1957
Status
Published
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Revision Statements

  • July 2012: Finding aid revised and entered into Archivists' Toolkit by Nicholas Kennedy.
  • January 2018: Finding aid revised and entered into ArchivesSpace by Sana Masood.

Repository Details

Part of the Wildlife Conservation Society Archives Repository

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