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Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 10-148

United States Marine Mammal Program

Records, 1964-1973

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: United States Marine Mammal Program
Title: Records
Dates: 1964-1973
Quantity: 1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Collection: Accession 10-148
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records created and maintained by Handley documenting the establishment and administration of the program as well as the planning and development of the Marine Mammal Study Center. Materials include correspondence, proposals, reports, floor plans, budgets, newsletters, notes, and related materials.

Historical Note

The United States Marine Mammal Program was established in 1969 by the United States National Committee of the International Biological Program (USNC/IBP) and the International Marine Mammal Working Group of the International Biological Program. It was directed by an eleven-member Marine Mammal Council (MMC) appointed by the United States Marine Mammal Working Group. The Council, in turn, named a four-member Executive Committee to oversee daily operations which were run out of an office at the National Museum of Natural History. Members of the Executive Committee included Program Director G. Carleton Ray of the Johns Hopkins University; Kenneth S. Norris of the Oceanic Institute; Charles O. Handley, Jr., of the Smithsonian Institution; and William E. Schevill of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

As overseer of the Program, the MMC served as a catalyst for marine mammal studies by aiding in developing a Marine Mammal Study Center at the Smithsonian Institution for the study of fossil and recent mammals; publishing a marine mammal newsletter; sponsoring marine mammal conferences; cooperating with other phases of the United States International Biological Program; and coordinating existing and new research through its Integrated Research Program. By providing information needed for the rational international management of marine mammals, the Marine Mammal Program emphasized the opportunity for ecological studies rather than those having an economic or political basis. Other related activities of the Council included assisting and advising the United States Congress on marine mammal affairs following the introduction of bills and resolutions. Several Council members also testified before congressional committee hearings. On June 30, 1974, the United States' participation in the International Biological Program was officially terminated when funding from the National Science Foundation ceased.

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Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of records created and maintained by Handley documenting the establishment and administration of the program as well as the planning and development of the Marine Mammal Study Center. Materials include correspondence, proposals, floor plans, budgets, newsletters, notes, and related materials.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-148, Records

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Container List

Box 1

First International Biological Program Proposal, 1968

Box 1 of 1

Second International Biological Program Proposal, 1969

Box 1 of 1

Second International Biological Program Proposal - Reviews, 1969

Box 1 of 1

Third International Biological Program Proposal, 1970

Box 1 of 1

Fourth International Biological Program Proposal, 1971

Box 1 of 1

Fifth International Biological Program Proposal, 1972

Box 1 of 1

Fifth International Biological Program Proposal - Volume 1, 1972

Box 1 of 1

Fifth International Biological Program Proposal - Volume 2, 1972

Box 1 of 1

Fifth International Biological Program Proposal - Volume 3, 1972

Box 1 of 1

Catalog of Marine Mammal Collections

Box 1 of 1

History and Status of Marine Mammal Program, 1972-1973

Box 1 of 1

Marine Mammal Council, 1972

Box 1 of 1

International Biological Program Correspondence, 1969-1970

Box 1 of 1

Whale Storage, 1965

Box 1 of 1

Marine mammal Collections, 1971

Box 1 of 1

Space Needs - Marine Mammals, 1971

Box 1 of 1

Marine Mammal Move, 1972

Box 1 of 1

Use of Marine Mammal Collection, 1971-1972

Box 1 of 1

Planning - Marine Mammals, 1964-1969

Box 1 of 1

Early Smithsonian Proposals and Silver Hill Papers, 1966-1968

Box 1 of 1

Facility Floor Plans

Box 1 of 1

Building 3, 1968-1970

Box 1 of 1

International Decade of Ocean Exploration Proposal, 1970-1971

Box 1 of 1

International Decade of Ocean Exploration Environmental Quality Program, 1971

Box 1 of 1

Smithsonian Institution Proposal, 1970

Box 1 of 1

Smithsonian Institution Proposal, 1971

Box 1 of 1

Budget, 1970

Box 1 of 1

Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, 1969

Box 1 of 1

Bob Brownell, 1971

Box 1 of 1

Curator Prospects, 1968-1971

Box 1 of 1

Whaling Gazette, 1969-1970

Box 1 of 1

Maps, 1969

Box 1 of 1

Axion Project, 1969

Box 1 of 1

Oceanography and Limnology Newsletter, 1969

Box 1 of 1

Ships, 1969-1972

Box 1 of 1

Strengthening the International Whaling Commission, 1972

Box 1 of 1

National Marine Mammal Program, 1971-1972

Box 1 of 1

International Whaling Commission, 1971

Box 1 of 1

Pinnipeds - Clayton Ray, 1971-1972

Box 1 of 1

Ed Mitchell, 1967-1969

Box 1 of 1