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New York Zoological Society. Department of Tropical Research. Oceanographic expeditions. Noma and Arcturus records

 Fonds
Identifier: 1005F
The bulk of this collection consists of Arcturus records, including the logbook of the steamship, dredging records, haul summaries, outlines and field notes on fishes and pediculates, data on deep sea fauna, and background notes for published studies. Noma materials consist of the ship's bridge log and catalogs of birds and vertebrates.

Dates

  • 1923-1925

Creator

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Extent

1.2 linear feet (3 Hollinger boxes)

0.39 Cubic Feet (1 oversize flat box)

Overview

The bulk of this collection consists of records created by the Department of Tropical Research, under the direction of William Beebe, during their investigation of the Sargasso Sea, Humboldt Current, and Hudson Gorge, aboard the Arcturus. Records include the logbook of the steamship, dredging records, haul summaries, outlines and field notes on fishes, data on deep-sea fauna, and background notes for published studies. Additionally, this collection holds some records created during a 1923 voyage to the Galapagos Archipelago aboard the Noma. These materials consist of the ship's bridge log and catalogs of birds and vertebrates.

Historical Note

The Harrison Williams Expedition aboard the steam yacht Noma was a two-and-a-half month voyage by the Department of Tropical Research to the Galapagos Archipelago during 1923. Under the direction of William Beebe, the expeditionary party included Harrison Williams, as Patron and Curator of Oceanography, and twelve other personnel. This brief exploration ignited an interest that came to fruition in 1925 with the DTR's first official oceanographic expedition. Through the generosity of Henry D. Whiton, who presented the steamship Arcturus to the Department, and Harrison Williams, who provided most of the financing, the DTR embarked on a six-month cruise to investigate the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Humboldt Current in the Pacific Ocean. Additional work was conducted in Hudson Gorge, off the coast of New York.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series:
Series 1
Noma and Arcturus catalogs, 1923-1925
Series 2
Arcturus records, arranged in three subseries:
(2A) Arcturus outlines and field notes
(2B) Fish records from Arcturus voyages
(2C) Pediculate records from Arcturus voyages
Series 3
Hudson Gorge deep-sea fauna and reference matter
Series 4
Arcturus studies
Series 5
Ship logbooks

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 1005E. Department of Tropical Research oceanographic expeditions general records, 1923-1957.

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 Records of the New York Zoological Society Department of Tropical Research oceanographic expeditions aboard vessels Noma and Arcturus, 1923-1925 1005F
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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