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

 Fonds
Identifier: 1005J
This collection contains records related to the oceanographic activities of the Department of Tropical Research staff at Bermuda from 1929 through 1939, most notably concern the bathysphere dives led by DTR Director William Beebe. These records include logbooks of notes dictated to Gloria Hollister by William Beebe via telephone from the bathysphere dives of 1930, 1931, and 1932; correspondence concerning lighting, cable, glass, and plans for the bathysphere, 1929-1930, from John H. J. Butler’s office at the marine engineering firm of Cox & Stevens, Inc.; related correspondence of William Beebe, John Tee-Van, and bathysphere inventor Otis Barton; and a short series of letters dealing with the loan of the bathysphere to the U. S. Navy, 1943-1948.

Additional data, manuscript notes, and lists documenting Bermuda marine science are also contained in the collection. Among them are trawling records for 1,607 hauls, usually noting vessel, data, station and net number of trawls, net type, location, meteorological conditions, duration and depth of haul, and fishes and plankton collected. Fish outlines and files on anatomy, coloration, eggs, and larvae document closer examination of cataloged specimens. The Bermuda Science Studies series includes notes on hauls, depth and pressure experiments, and discrete topics; land and shore observations contain bird censuses and notes.

Dates

  • 1929 - 1949

Creator

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Extent

4.4 linear feet (11 Hollinger boxes)

Overview

This collection consists of data, manuscript notes, and lists documenting the marine science activities of the Department of Tropical Research staff at Bermuda from 1929 through 1939. Included are trawling records, fish outlines, bird censuses. This collection also includes logbooks of notes dictated to Gloria Hollister by William Beebe via telephone from the bathysphere dives of 1930, 1931, and 1932; correspondence concerning the bathysphere, 1929-1930, from John H. J. Butler's office at the marine engineering firm of Cox & Stevens, Inc.; related correspondence of William Beebe, John Tee-Van, and bathysphere inventor Otis Barton; and a short series of letters dealing with the loan of the bathysphere to the United States Navy, 1943-1948.

Historical Note

In Bermuda between 1928 and 1940, the Department of Tropical Research 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 in ten series:
Series 1
Deep sea fish catalog, 1929-1931
Series 2
Trawling records, 1929-1939
Series 3
Data for publications on deep sea fishes
Series 4
Bermuda Science Studies, arranged in two subseries:
(4A) Deep sea and pelagic studies
(4B) Land and shore studies
Series 5
Fish outlines
Series 6
Fish eggs and larvae data
Series 7
Copepods
Series 8
Anatomy
Series 9
Color notes
Series 10
Bathysphere

Acquisition Information

Some files from John H.J. Butler, representative of the marine engineering firm of Cox & Stevens; all others 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 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 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 Bermuda oceanographic expeditions, 1929-1949
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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