Joseph P. E. Morrison Working Aboard Ship

ID: SIA2010-0975


Form/Genre: Person, candid

Date: 1947

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7222, Box 24, Folder: 1

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Working aboard a ship at Bikini Atoll, Joseph P. E. Morrison sits at a makeshift desk as he takes notes on invertebrate specimens in a jar. Other scientific equipment is on the table and behind him is equipment and other paraphernalia.


  • Morrison, Joseph
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Mollusks
  • United States Navy


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Joseph Morrison began his career with the Division of Mollusks, United States National Museum (USNM), in 1934 as a Senior Scientific Aide. He was made Assistant Curator in 1942 and Associate Curator in 1946, a post he retained until his retirement in 1975. The Operation Crossroads was an expedition to Bikini and the northern Marshall Islands in 1946 under the auspices of the Department of the Navy. The expedition centered on the relative abundance of fauna before and after the atom bomb tests. Specimens were collected for the purpose of comparison and to make possible a study of anatomical variations among the various island fish populations.
  • See Neg. #s for Operation Crossroads 1947: 92-11701, SIA2010-0924, SIA2010-0925, SIA2010-0927, SIA2010-0928, SIA2010-0929, SIA2010-0964, SIA2010-0965, SIA2010-0966, SIA2010-0967, SIA2010-0968, SIA2010-0969, SIA2010-0970, SIA2010-0971, SIA2010-0972, SIA2010-0975

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7222, Box 24, Folder: 1

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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  • Invertebrate Zoology
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Boats and boating
  • Atomic Bomb Tests
  • Employees
  • Mollusks
  • Museums
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Animals
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Specimens
  • Explorations and Expeditions
  • Field Work
  • Collecting and collections
  • Testing
  • Operation Crossroads, Marshall Islands, 1946/1947
  • Museum curators
  • Nuclear weapons--Testing
  • Ships
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Marshall Islands
  • Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands)


  • Person, candid
  • Photographic print

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 4w x 5h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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