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: Larry Madin

notes: In: Agassiz's Legacy:Scientists's reflections...by E.H.Gladfelter
interview subject: name: Larry Madin institutions: WHOI positions: Senior Scientist years of service: 1974-01-01/1974-01-01
interviewer: name: Elizabeth Gladfelter
interview dates: 1998-02-18 && 2006-05-26 && 2006-06-09 && 2006-07-12

Oral History: Bruce Warren

notes: Everything is transcribed but orig.& dupe cassettes were damaged. No audio left for tape 3, side A (9/7/10)
interview subject: name: Bruce Warren institutions: WHOI positions: Senior Scientist Emeritus years of service: 1955-01-01/1955-01-01
interviewer: name: Frank Taylor
interview dates: 2004-08-18 && 2004-10-06

Oral History: Richard Backus

notes: ONR History Symposium
interview subject: name: Richard Backus institutions: WHOI positions: Scientist Emeritus years of service: 1952-01-01/1952-01-01
interviewer: name: Frank Taylor
interviewer: name: Gary Weir
interview dates: 2003-10-21 && 2003-10-29 && 2003-11-12 && 2003-11-24