Oral Histories

The MBLWHOI Library Oral History Project began in 1998 to capture the recollections and personal insights of the scientists and staff of Woods Hole scientific institutions.

The project endeavors to include the entire spectrum of the Woods Hole scientific community, including administrators, support staff, ships' crew, engineers, scientists, and others. Oral history conversations center on early marine research, scientific projects, technology and field work, and how each individual came to the Woods Hole scientific community. The WHOI Data Library and Archives is the repository for audio and videotape recordings of the oral history discussions as well as the printed transcriptions.

Much of this material is available for public use.

Oral History: Carl Bowin

notes: ONR History Symposium; In: Agassiz's Legacy:Scientists's reflections...by E.H.Gladfelter. Three follow-up interviews in 2010
interview subject: name: Carl Bowin institutions: WHOI positions: Scientist years of service: 1961-01-01/1961-01-01
interviewer: name: Elizabeth Gladfelter
interviewer: name: Gary Weir
interviewer: name: Frank Taylor
interview dates: 1998-04-15 && 2000-03-30 && 2010-04-27 && 2010-05-11 && 2010-05-25

Oral History: Judith McDowell

notes: March 2007 interview was a history of the WHOI Sea Grant program
interview subject: name: Judith McDowell institutions: WHOI positions: Associate Dean && Senior Scientist && Director WHOI Sea Grant years of service: 1975-01-01/1975-01-01
interviewer: name: Frank Taylor
interview dates: 2003-07-23 && 2003-08-20 && 2003-09-10 && 2007-03-12

Oral History: Ralph Vaccaro

notes: joint interview with Nat Corwin, filed in vault alphabetically under Corwin
interview subject: name: Ralph Vaccaro institutions: WHOI positions: Senior Scientist && Biology years of service: 1948-01-01/1984-01-01
interviewer: name: Frank Taylor
interview dates: 2004-02-25 && 2004-03-01