Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library Subject Files, 1932-2007 (SAC 35)


Extent: 0.8 Linear feet (2 archives boxes and 1 oversized folder)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library Subject Files contain materials documenting the history of the library, including: administrative files, reports, and newsletters.

The Marine Biological Association of San Diego was established in 1903, and maintained a small library from its founding. This association became the Scripps Institution for Biological Research in 1912, and renamed to Scripps Institution of Oceanography by 1925.

In the early stages, librarians often served additional roles at SIO. Harry Beal Torrey was the first person to curate and manage the library, in addition to his academic position at SIO. By 1910, the George H. Scripps Memorial Marine Biological Laboratory, or the "Old Scripps Building," was completed. Among other things, it housed the growing SIO Library. The first freestanding library was completed in 1916, housed in the same building as the Scripps Aquarium-Museum. The library collection quickly grew and plans developed for a new library building. In 1976, the Eckart building opened as the SIO Library.

In 1960, UC Regents approved the plan for a new UC campus in San Diego. As UC San Diego libraries were planned and developed, the SIO Library served as a staging area for incoming collections. Due to increased use of digital materials and budget cuts, the UC San Diego Libraries were consolidated in 2011; and by 2012 the SIO Library was closed.

Library Directors: Harry Beal Torrey (1903-1912), Samuel Stillman Berry (1913-1914), Tillie Genter (circa 1915-1925), Ruth Ragan (1926-1949), W. Roy Holleman (1950-1962), Joseph Gantner (1963-1966), William J. Goff (1967-1993), and Peter Brueggeman (1993-2012).

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library Subject Files contains materials documenting the history of the library, including administrative files, reports, and newsletters.

Arranged alphabetically by topic, and chronologically within each topic.

UC San Diego Office of the University Librarian records, RSS 1030. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego Library.

Container List


Administrative files

Box 1 Folder 1
Job descriptions, 1945-1957

Includes portions of a report to the Library Council.

Oversize Annex MC-006-09
Job descriptions - Oversized log of daily duties, 1956 March
Box 1 Folder 2
University of California, library collection size data, 1947-1980

Includes data about the SIO library.

Box 1 Folder 3
Organization charts, 1966-1986
Box 1 Folder 4
Resource sharing - Mexican Marine Science Libraries, 1967-1979

Collaborators included Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Education Superior de Ensenada (CICESE).

Box 1 Folder 5-16
SIO Special Collections and Archives, 1973-1981

Includes correspondence in alphabetical order (1973-1981), reference log (1978-1981), and statistics (1980). Material was generated by archivist Elizabeth "Betty" Noble Shor.

Box 1 Folder 17
Roger Revelle bronze bust - Planning correspondence and publicity, 1976-1977
Box 1 Folder 18
UC San Diego Archives Committee, 1982

Includes committee report.

Box 1 Folder 19
Annual reports, 1987-2012
Box 2 Folder 1
Nitrate negatives reformatting, 1983-1995

Historical background

Box 2 Folder 2
Library history - Correspondence, postcard, checkout card, descriptions of users and services, timeline of library development, facts sheets, press release, and newspaper clippings, 1932-2001

Includes copy of newspaper article on the dedication of the Scripps Library-Museum in 1916.

Box 2 Folder 3
Raitt, Helen. History of SIO Library, ca. 1965-1966
Box 2 Folder 4
A brief guide to Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library, 1971, 1973
Box 2 Folder 5
A brief history of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, ca. 1972-1980
Box 2 Folder 6
Shor, Elizabeth N. Doomed: The old library, 1977
Box 2 Folder 7
Miller, Barbara A. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library, 1950-1966: The minnow that gave birth to a whale, 1990

Includes correspondence with Peter Brueggeman regarding permissions in 2007.

Library building plans

Box 2 Folder 8
Major Capital Improvement Program, 1964-1974
Box 2 Folder 9-10
SIO Library Building Committee, 1964-1977
Box 2 Folder 11
Planning notes, 1973 February-May
Box 2 Folder 12
Site selection and Environmental Impact Report (EIR), 1973-1974
Oversize Annex MC-006-09
Floor plans and shelf blueprints, 1973-1976
Box 2 Folder 13
Building move, 1976 October

Newsletters and publicity

Box 2 Folder 14-15
Newsletters, 1951-1965

Includes SIO Library newsletters The Babbling Bookworm and Newsletter and Recent Acquisitions List.

Box 2 Folder 16
Publicity - Anti-Nuclear Archive flyer, Art and Architecture Library information packet, and SIO Library advertisement in the UCSD Guardian , 1982-2005