Walter Munk Papers, 1908-2007 (SMC 17)

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Restrictions: Original media formats in Series 13) AUDIOVISUAL RECORDINGS are restricted. Viewing/listening copies may be available for researchers.

Extent: 32 Linear feet (76 archives boxes, 1 flat box, and 1 map case folder)

View OnlineSome photographs and Munk's slide collection are only available in digital format; these, and access copies of sound and moving image recordings are available on the UC San Diego Library Digital Collections website.

Papers of Walter H. Munk (1917-2018), distinguished physical oceanographer and professor of geophysics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. The collection documents Munk's scientific career and some of the subject areas where he was an influential theorist, including wave forecasting and acoustic tomography.

Two short, excellent biographies of Walter Munk are available online:

UC San Diego obituary

Biographical essay by Deborah Day, former SIO Archivist.

Papers of Walter H. Munk (1917-2018), distinguished physical oceanographer and professor of geophysics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. The collection documents Munk's scientific career and some of the subject areas where he was an influential theorist, including wave forecasting and acoustic tomography. It includes: correspondence; an incomplete assortment of Munk's writings and lectures; collaborative research with Harald Sverdrup and the U.S. Navy on wave forecasting during World War II, including drafts of reports and photographic prints of waves and coastlines; Munk's files from government consulting (JASON and the National Research Council); and Munk's papers on UC San Diego, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP).

The bulk of the collection was donated to the Library in 1987, a few years after Munk's retirement from the University in 1982. Although he stayed professionally active until his death in 2019, only one additional group of papers were donated in 1996, along with several small accruals of audiovisual recordings, photographs and slides. There are gaps in subject documentation, and parts of the collection are not comprehensive. For example, there is relatively little material, particularly correspondence, research files, or photographic portraits, documenting Munk's first three decades at SIO from 1939 through 1969.

Arranged in thirteen series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WAVE FORECASTING, 4) WRITINGS AND TALKS, 5) EVENTS, CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS, 6) NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL, 7) ACOUSTIC TOMOGRAPHY, 8) SUBJECT/RESEARCH FILES, 9) UC SAN DIEGO, 10) IGPP, 11) WORKS BY OTHERS, 12) PHOTOGRAPHS, and 13) AUDIOVISUAL RECORDINGS.

Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate Project Records, SAC 32. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Roger Revelle Papers, SMC 6. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

For additional photographs of Dr. Munk, see: SIO Photographs Collection, SMC 59. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

This collection has additional unprocessed materials not described in this finding aid. See the UC San Diego Library catalog record to view the acquisition dates and extent of unprocessed additions.

Container List

BIOGRAPHICAL

Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) BIOGRAPHICAL: The series begins with a group of folders containing copies of documents obtained by SIO Archivist Deborah Day, at Munk's behest, from the FBI and Department of Defense regarding his government security clearance and background checks in the 1940s and 1950s. These documents provide a thorough account of Munk's early years and include brief, redacted interviews with colleagues and acquaintances. The series continues in approximate chronological order with biographical supporting documentation, such as files on Munk's appointments at Scripps and UC San Diego (including recruitment correspondence), short interviews and profiles, birthday materials, and a consolidated section of awards at the end.

Walter Munk Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) security clearance files

Box 1 Folder 1
SIO Archivist memo, 2001
Box 1 Folder 2
Army FOIA documents
Box 1 Folder 3-4
Defense Investigative Service FOIA documents
Box 1 Folder 5
Department of Justice - INS FOIA documents
Box 1 Folder 6-7
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) FOIA documents
Box 1 Folder 8
FBI - San Diego, FOIA documents
Box 1 Folder 9
Navy FOIA documents
Box 1 Folder 10
Columbia University transcript, 1937
Box 1 Folder 11
Announcement of the final examination for the PhD of Walter Munk, UC Graduate Division, Southern Section, 1946
Box 2 Folder 1-4
Annual supplement to UC bio-bibliography forms, 1947-1995
Box 2 Folder 5
Academic appointment and recruitment correspondence, 1954-1968
Box 2 Folder 6
Autobiographical statements for McGraw Hill, 1966-1979
Box 2 Folder 7
List of Walter Munk's talks and lectures, 1968-1982
Box 2 Folder 8
"The music of the tides" - Profile on Munk and deep sea capsule research by unidentified author, ca. 1968
Box 2 Folder 9
Oral history transcript with corrections - Interview by Robert Calvert, Texas A & M University, 1976
Box 2 Folder 10
Short interviews and profiles, ca. 1980
Box 2 Folder 11
Clippings and publicity, ca. 1980-1993
Box 2 Folder 12
Memo from Claude ZoBell to Betty Shor re: Munk's claim to be sole SIO 1939-47 graduate student, 1980 March 20
Box 2 Folder 13
65th birthday - "The luck of Walter Munk, " essay by Roger Revelle, 1982
Box 2 Folder 14
65th birthday - Correspondence, 1982
Box 2 Folder 15-16
65th birthday - Symposium, 1982

Includes photographs.

Box 3 Folder 1
"Walter Munk and his 3-D ocean" - Draft profile on Munk by unidentified author, ca. 1984
Box 3 Folder 2
Dept. of Defense questionnaire, 1992
Box 3 Folder 3
75th birthday party - Invitation, 1992
Box 3 Folder 4-6
80th birthday - Cards, 1997
Box 3 Folder 7
80th birthday, Celebration in Geophysics and Oceanography materials; and 90th birthday program, 1997, 2007
Box 3 Folder 8
Bibliography, including tomography contributions, 1999
Oversize SIO MC-080-04
90th birthday poster-sized card, 2007

Awards and Recognition

Box 3 Folder 9
Miscellaneous awards and certificates, 1945-1994
Box 3 Folder 10
California Scientist of the Year, 1969
Box 3 Folder 11
Maurice Ewing Award, 1976
Box 3 Folder 12
U.S. Navy Captain Conrad Award for Scientific Achievement, 1978
Box 3 Folder 13-14
Fulbright Award, Cambridge University - Sabbatical, 1980-1981
Box 3 Folder 15
National Medal of Science, 1985
Box 4 Folder 1
National Medal of Science - Correspondence, 1985
Box 4 Folder 2
William Bowie Medal, with remarks, 1989
Box 4 Folder 3
Vetlesen Award, 1993
Box 4 Folder 4
ARCS Scientist of the Year Award and talk, 1993
Box 4 Folder 5
Inamori Foundation Kyoto Prize - Schedules, ephemera and notes, 1999
Box 4 Folder 6-8
Inamori Foundation Kyoto Prize - Correspondence, 1998-2000
Box 4 Folder 9
Inamori Foundation Kyoto Prize - Photographs, 1999

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) CORRESPONDENCE. Correspondence is arranged as it was when it was donated by Munk, in two subseries: A) A-Z, and B) Chronological. It is possible that letters from a single correspondent may be found in both subseries. Given the exceptional length of Munk's career and his decades of close collaboration with other scientists, the correspondence collected here is not comprehensive. However, additional correspondence (including print-outs of emails) can be found in other series where it was filed by Munk among related materials, particularly in the NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL, ACOUSTIC TOMOGRAPHY, and UC SAN DIEGO series.

A) Alphabetical (A-Z): Arranged by surname of the correspondent, or in some cases, topic of the correspondence (an example is the Carl Eckart files, which contain more letters about the Eckart estate and memorial arrangements than letters directly exchanged between Munk and Eckart). Highlights of the alphabetical correspondence includes Munk's letters with Henry Stommel, Harald Sverdrup, Cecil Green, William Nierenberg, the American Miscellaneous Society (AMSOC), and two folders of letters sent by UC San Diego chancellors.

B) Chronological: The chronological correspondence files begin in earnest in 1980, with only a handful of letters written before that date. It includes both incoming correspondence and carbon copies of Munk's outgoing replies.

Alphabetical (A-Z)

Box 5 Folder 1
Abelson, Philip, 1985
Box 5 Folder 2
Acoustical Oceanography Group, 1990-1991
Box 5 Folder 3
Acoustical Society of America, 1975
Box 5 Folder 4
Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), ca.1960
Box 5 Folder 5
American Academy of Arts and Science, 1971-1980
Box 5 Folder 6
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - Consortium of Affiliates for International Programs (CAIP), 1985
Box 5 Folder 7
American Geophysical Union (AGU) - General correspondence, 1965-1988
Box 5 Folder 8
AGU - Nomination of John Orcutt for M. Ewing Medal, 1993
Box 5 Folder 9
American Meteorological Society, 1970, 1994
Box 5 Folder 10-15
American Miscellaneous Society (AMSOC), 1960-1990

Includes folder on Michèle Fieux, Albatross Laureate.

Box 5 Folder 16
American Philosophical Society, 1963-1983
Box 5 Folder 17
Anastasion, Steven N. (re: Doherty Lecture), 1989
Box 5 Folder 18
Annual review of Earth and Planetary Sciences editorial board re: Henry Stommel Anniversary Volume, 1978-1980
Box 5 Folder 19
Arrhenius, Gustaf, 1968, 1973
Box 5 Folder 20
Asmus, John, 1963-1978
Box 6 Folder 1
Backus, George, 1966-1995
Box 6 Folder 2
Baker, James, 1990-1996
Box 6 Folder 3
Baker, Mark, 1982-1985
Box 6 Folder 4
Barger, James E., 1978-1982
Box 6 Folder 5
Barnett, Tim, 1983-1985
Box 6 Folder 6
Bates, Charles (Naval Oceanographic Office), 1968
Box 6 Folder 7
Beebe, Mary (Stuart Collection and Committee on External Art), 1983-1986
Box 6 Folder 8
Bennett, Andrew and David Cartwright, 1983
Box 6 Folder 9
Bezdek, Hugo, 1982-1990
Box 6 Folder 10
Birch Aquarium, 2000-2001
Box 6 Folder 11
Bradner, Hugh, 1971-1982
Box 6 Folder 12
Brown, Michael, 1978-1996
Box 6 Folder 13
Brunno, Franco (cousin of Walter Munk), 1987-1991
Box 6 Folder 14-15
Bullard, Edward, 1967-1980
Box 6 Folder 16
California Institute of Technology, 1966
Box 6 Folder 17
Cambridge University Press re: Edits to new edition of The Rotation of the Earth, 1974-1975
Box 6 Folder 18
Campbell, William re: Nelly Mognard, 1982
Box 6 Folder 19
Carrier, George, 1954-1973
Box 7 Folder 1
Charnock, Henry re: Wave forecasting with Sverdrup, 1976-1986
Box 7 Folder 2
Committee on Climate Change and the Ocean (CCCO), 1989
Box 7 Folder 3
Cook, A. H. re: Commemorative service for Sir Edward Bullard, 1980
Box 7 Folder 4
Cosmos Club, 1977-1993
Box 7 Folder 5
Craig, Harmon re: Award nominations for Hans Suess, 1991

Includes letter by Roger Revelle.

Box 7 Folder 6
CSIRO, Australia, 1981-1982
Box 7 Folder 7
Dashen, Roger re: Joint U.S.-Canadian experiment on SAR imaging on Georgia Strait, 1983
Box 7 Folder 8
Day, Deborah re: Edits to Day's account of Roger Revelle, 1984
Box 7 Folder 9
deGroot-Hedlin, Catherine, 1993
Box 7 Folder 10
di Sciara, Giuseppe, 1984-1988

Includes planning correspondence for Cambridge Honorary Degree.

Box 7 Folder 11
Doel, Ron re: Munk oral history, 1998
Box 7 Folder 12
Dworski, George, 1990-1994
Box 7 Folder 13
Eckart, Carl - Retirement, memorial and estate, 1969-1974
Box 7 Folder 14
Emery, W. J., 1982-1984
Box 7 Folder 15
Fisher, Robert re: Roger Revelle, 1991
Box 7 Folder 16
Flatté, Stanley M. re: Fluctuations of Sound Transmission in the Sea, 1975
Box 7 Folder 17
Fofonoff, Nicholas, 1970
Box 7 Folder 18
Forbes, Andrew, 1989-1996
Box 7 Folder 19
Gaffney, Paul G., 2000
Box 7 Folder 20
Gagosian, Richard re: Henry Stommel Medal, 1999
Box 7 Folder 21
Gardner, David Pierpont, 1985
Box 7 Folder 22
Garrett, Christopher, 1975-1992
Box 7 Folder 23
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (editorial board, editor Paul Roberts), 1976-1978
Box 7 Folder 24
Georges, T. M. (Wave Propagation Lab, NOAA), 1987
Box 7 Folder 25
Georgevic, Robert, 1979
Box 7 Folder 26
Gill, Adrian, 1982-1988
Box 7 Folder 27
Godfrey, Stuart and Elizabeth, 1984
Box 7 Folder 28
Goldberg, Ed, 1980-1987
Box 8 Folder 1-9
Green, Cecil, 1960-1980
Box 8 Folder 10-11
Green Foundation, 1982-1985
Box 9 Folder 1-2
Green Foundation, 1986-1989
Box 9 Folder 3
Groves, Gordon, 1964-1983
Box 9 Folder 4-5
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1947-1952
Box 9 Folder 6
Hackett, Edward (NSF, re: Rainger's Revelle proposal), 1996
Box 9 Folder 7
Hall, Anita, 1983
Box 9 Folder 8
Hasselman, Klaus (Max-Planck Institut), 1980-1992
Box 9 Folder 9
Hitch, Charles, 1969-1971
Box 9 Folder 10
Hollister, Charles, 1986
Box 9 Folder 11
Huppert, Herbert E. (re: Australia National University), 1991
Box 9 Folder 12
Inamori, Kazuo, 2000

Includes photograph.

Box 9 Folder 13
Isaacs, Mary Carol (re: John Dove Isaacs Chair in Natural Philosophy and AMSOC award), 1982-1983
Box 9 Folder 14-17
JASON, 1974-1983
Box 10 Folder 1-3
JASON, 1984-2001
Box 10 Folder 4
Jones, James, 1983
Box 10 Folder 5
Keeling, Ralph, 1999
Box 10 Folder 6
Kennedy, John and Timothy Shriver, 1975
Box 10 Folder 7
Kennel, Charles, 1998-2005
Box 10 Folder 8
Kerr, Clark, 1959-1996
Box 10 Folder 9
Keynes, Richard O., 1992
Box 10 Folder 10
Knox, Robert, 1985-1986
Box 10 Folder 11
Kvammen, Ken (re: Han Li Mao), 1998
Box 10 Folder 12
LaFond, Eugene (re: Exodus and red sea tides), 1972
Box 10 Folder 13
Lancaster, Justin, 1981-1994
Box 10 Folder 14
Lazier, John (re: plankton distribution), 1988-1989
Box 10 Folder 15
Ledwell, Jim, 1999
Box 10 Folder 16
Loder, Anthony c/o Peter Y. Hong, Los Angeles Times re: Hedy Lamarr, 1997
Box 10 Folder 17
Luther, Douglas, 2001
Box 10 Folder 18
Mandelbrot, Benoit B., 1975
Box 10 Folder 19
Marine Technology Society, 1978-1985
Box 10 Folder 20
Marqueze, R. (French Syndicate, America's Cup), 1994
Box 10 Folder 21
McKisic, Mike, 1985
Box 10 Folder 22-23
Mikolajewics, Uwe (ATOC), 1990-1995
Box 11 Folder 1
Miles, John, 1982-1994
Box 11 Folder 2
Miller, Jack C., 1977-1984
Box 11 Folder 3
Moncur, Rex (Director, Antarctic Division), 1989
Box 11 Folder 4-5
Monin, Andrei S., 1969-1992

Includes correspondence relating to publication of Monin's book, Earth's Rotation and Climate.

Box 11 Folder 6
Moore, Dennis, 1968-1970
Box 11 Folder 7
Morawitz, Werner, 1989-1995
Box 11 Folder 8
Most, Nathan, 1995
Box 11 Folder 9
Munk, Alfred Otto (brother) re: James Schlesinger, 2000
Box 11 Folder 10
Murray, Bruce, 1982
Box 11 Folder 11
National Academy of Sciences re: "Ocean Engineering in the Federal Government" report review, 1980
Box 11 Folder 12
National Science Board re: Roger Revelle receiving Vannevar Bush Award, 1984
Box 11 Folder 13
Naval Underwater Systems Center, New London, CT, 1979
Box 11 Folder 14
Nierenberg, William A., 1968-1993
Box 11 Folder 15
Nystuen, Jeffrey A., 1982-1989
Box 11 Folder 16
O'Conner, John, 1983
Box 11 Folder 17
Patrinos, Aristides, 1991-1992
Box 11 Folder 18
Penner, Sol, 1968
Box 11 Folder 19
Phi Beta Kappa, 1988
Box 11 Folder 20
Planeix, J.M. re: ISSC '88 meeting, 1987
Box 11 Folder 21
Pleass, Charles M., 1976-1977
Box 11 Folder 22
Powers, Dennis, 1993
Box 11 Folder 23
President's Committee on the National Medal of Science, 1995
Box 11 Folder 24
Press, Frank, 1959-1977
Box 12 Folder 1
Radok, Rainer, 1965-1976
Box 12 Folder 2
Raleigh, Barry re: Continental Margins Workshop, 1987
Box 12 Folder 3
Rausing, Hans, 1999
Box 12 Folder 4
Rehder, Harald (Smithsonian Institution), 1970
Box 12 Folder 5-10
Revelle, Roger, 1942-1991
Box 12 Folder 11
Romm, Joseph, 1984-1987
Box 12 Folder 12
Rossby, H. Thomas, 1975
Box 12 Folder 13
Royal Astronomical Society, London, 1983
Box 12 Folder 15
Runcorn, S. Keith, 1963-1969
Box 12 Folder 14
The Royal Society, London, 1976-1980
Box 12 Folder 16
Ryan, Paul (ed. Oceanus), 1984
Box 12 Folder 17
San Diego Museum of Man, 1971
Box 12 Folder 18
Sanford, Thomas B., 1984
Box 12 Folder 19
Savit, Carl H., 1988
Box 12 Folder 20
Schauer, Charles and Peggy, 1979
Box 12 Folder 21
Send, Uwe, 1995-1996
Box 12 Folder 22
Shrock, Robert re: "Spring Stirring" diorite by D. Hord, 1985
Box 12 Folder 23
Singer, S. Fred re: Revelle Cosmos controversy, 1992, 1999
Box 12 Folder 24
Società Italiana di Fisica, 1979
Box 12 Folder 25
Spiess, Fred, 1985-1987
Box 12 Folder 26
Sproul, Robert G., 1953-1956
Box 12 Folder 27
Stevens, Raymond, 1979
Box 13 Folder 1
Stewart, R. W., Symposium in honor of - Planning, 1990
Box 13 Folder 2
Stewart, Robert H., 1975-1989
Box 13 Folder 14
Stommel Memorial Fund, 1994-1995
Box 13 Folder 15-16
Sverdrup, Harald, 1948-1957
Box 13 Folder 17-19
Sverdrup family, 1958-1980
Box 14 Folder 1
Taufa' ahau Tupou IV, Tonga, 1993
Box 14 Folder 2
Texas A & M University, 1982-1983
Box 14 Folder 3
Thursday Club, 1986-1987
Box 14 Folder 4
Tukey, John, 1959-1966, 1985
Box 14 Folder 5
Twelve-Thirty Club of La Jolla, 1986
Box 14 Folder 6-7
UC San Diego Chancellor correspondence, 1967-2006
Box 14 Folder 8
U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Oceanography, 1983
Box 14 Folder 9
U.S. Navy and Medea, 1984
Box 14 Folder 10
U.S. Navy. Defense Science Board of ASW, 1980, 1990
Box 14 Folder 11
U.S. Navy. Naval Research Advisory Committee, Ocean Science and Technology Task Force, 1979-1981
Box 14 Folder 12
U.S. Navy. Naval Research Advisory Committee, Visiting Committee, 1995-1997
Box 14 Folder 13
U.S. Navy. ONR correspondence, 1975-1979
Box 14 Folder 14
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, 1984
Box 14 Folder 15
University of Alaska, Fairbanks - Chapman Lecture, 1994
Box 14 Folder 16
Wadhams, Peter, 1988-1992
Box 14 Folder 17
Wallich, Henry C., 1979
Box 14 Folder 18
Washburn, Wilcomb E. re: Revelle/Singer Cosmos controversy, and Cosmos Club, 1995
Box 14 Folder 19
Welander, Pierre, 1958-1971
Box 14 Folder 20
Weiss, Ray, 1988
Box 14 Folder 21
Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Oceanic Division, 1967-1979
Box 14 Folder 22
Whitcomb, James H. (ISTAC, Inc.) re: seafloor positioning, 1984-1985
Box 15 Folder 1
Wilcox, Howard A. (Naval Ocean Systems Center), 1982

Includes copies of Wilcox's publications and technical memoranda on underwater acoustics.

Box 15 Folder 2
Wimbush, Mark, 1969-1976
Box 15 Folder 3
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1966-1973
Box 15 Folder 4
Woods, John
Box 15 Folder 5
Wunsch, Carl

Additional correspondence with Wunsch may be found in the WRITINGS and ACOUSTIC TOMOGRAPHY series within related files.

Box 15 Folder 6
Wynn, Walter, 1977-1984
Box 15 Folder 7
Wyrtki, Klaus re: sea level data and Chandler wobble, 1986
Box 15 Folder 8
Yunwu, Li (VP, Institute of Oceanographic Instrumentation, National Bureau of Oceanography, China), 1982
Box 15 Folder 9-12
Zetler, Bernard, 1961-1991

Chronological

Box 15 Folder 13
1963, 1968-1979
Box 15 Folder 14-16
1980 January-June
Box 16
1980 July-1982 August
Box 17
1982 September-1984 October
Box 18
1984 November-1986 June
Box 19
1986 July-1988 February
Box 20
1988 March-1990 June
Box 21
1990 July-1992 June
Box 22
1992 July-2001

WAVE FORECASTING

Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) WAVE FORECASTING: During World War II, Walter Munk and Harald Sverdrup conducted research for the Department of Defense and Hydrographic Office (HO), investigating the problem of accurate wave forecasting to support proposed Allied amphibious landings off the North African coast. Their first report, Wind waves and swell, a basic theory for forecasting was printed in 1943. It was the basis for HO 601, Wind, sea and swell: Theory of relations for forecasting (1947), which became the classic reference for the subject. This series includes preliminary, typescript reports and training materials from the SIO wave research program, reports from parallel programs at WHOI, and photographic plates of waves, beaches and coastlines taken at the various measuring stations. It also includes some photographs of training exercises for LCVP landing craft.

Arranged in three subseries: A) SIO Wave Project, B) WHOI Wave Project, and C) Photographs.

SIO Wave Project

Box 23 Folder 1
Program for wave measurements proposed by Hydrographic Office, U.S. Navy at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Woods Hole- Proposal, memoranda, etc., 1943-1944
Box 23 Folder 2
Growth of wind waves - Figures
Box 23 Folder 3
Wind, Waves and Swell - Memoranda, drafts and corrections with Sverdrup, 1942-1944

Includes research on group velocity, decay of surface waves, wave trains, "the state of the sea," and damping of waves by oil.

Box 23 Folder 4
Wind, Waves and Swell (index and parts A-E, incomplete)
Box 23 Folder 5
Indices to SIO Wave Project reports
Box 23 Folder 6
Volume 1: Beach Erosion - Index and reports

Includes reports 40 and 46 on longshore currents; missing report 38, Effect of wave refraction on breaker heights.

Box 23 Folder 7
Volume 2: Breakers and Surf - Index

The collection is lacking the following Volume 2 reports: 9. Transformation of waves in shallow water: Introduction; and 24. Effect of bottom slope along SIO pier.

Box 23 Folder 8
Vol. 2, Report 13. Waves in shallow water
Box 23 Folder 9
Vol. 2, Report 9. The transformation of waves in shallow water
Box 23 Folder 10
Vol. 2, Reports 16 and 17. Waves in shallow water
Box 23 Folder 11
Vol. 2, Report 27. Observed changes in wave heights from deep to shallow water
Box 23 Folder 12
Vol. 2, Report 8. Height of breakers and depth at breaking: Preliminary report on results obtained at La Jolla and comparison with South Beach data and B.E.B tank results
Box 23 Folder 13
Vol. 2, Report 47. Height of breakers and depth of breaking: A re-examination of all available field and laboratory data
Box 23 Folder 14
Vol. 2, Report 6. Transformation of waves in shallow water: Theoretical aspect
Box 23 Folder 15
Vol. 2, Report 7. Discussion of wave observations: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, February 21 1944, Munk and Edmondson
Box 23 Folder 16
Vol. 2, Report 14. Transformation of waves in shallow water, part 2: Breaking of waves on gently sloping beaches
Box 23 Folder 17
Vol. 2, Report 43. New instructions for use of Plate III, H.O. 234
Box 23 Folder 18
Vol. 2, Report 49. Supplement to Breakers and Surf: Principles of forecasting
Box 23 Folder 19
Volume 3: The Boundary Layer - Index and parts 1-7

Missing report 24. Surface wind velocity and sea-air temperature difference.

Box 24 Folder 1
Volume 4: Depth Determination - Index and parts A-R
Box 24 Folder 2
Volume 5: Instruments and Observations - Index and parts 1A-7A
Box 24 Folder 3
Volume 5: Instruments and Observations (index and parts 8A-9A)
Box 24 Folder 4
Volume 6: Refraction, Diffraction, Laboratory: Landing Craft Characteristics
Box 24 Folder 5
Volume 7: Sea and Swell Codes, Miscellany (index and parts 1-11)
Box 24 Folder 6
Confidential papers issued to Navy classes in sea and swell forecasting (index and parts A-Q, incomplete), 1945
Box 24 Folder 7
Memorandum on a permanent swell recorder station at the Scripps Institution, 1945, 1948

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Reports

Box 25 Folder 1
WHOI reports index

Reports prepared by G. L. Clarke and W. T. Edmondson for Navy Bureau of Ships contract Nobs 17483.

Box 25 Folder 2
Photographic method for the measurements of surf (preliminary report), 1944 December 1
Box 25 Folder 3
Photographs of surf taken simultaneously from the ground and from the air during November and December 1944, 1945 January 10
Box 25 Folder 4
Aerial photographs of measured surf conditions, 1945 February 1
Box 25 Folder 5
Photographs of surf taken simultaneously from the ground and from the air during February 1945, 1945 March 15
Box 25 Folder 6
Photographic illustrations of the Steere Surf Code, 1945 April 15
Box 25 Folder 7
Steere Surf Code - Photographic plates 1-50, 1945 April 15
Box 25 Folder 8
Steere Surf Code - Photographic plates 51-115, 1945 April 15

Photographs

Box 25 Folder 9
Beach scenes - Setting up measuring stations, landing vehicles, etc., ca. 1939-1948
Box 25 Folder 10
Gifford Ewing - Aerial shots of breaking waves, impulsive trains, and the sea surface
Box 25 Folder 11
Beach breakers, primarily La Jolla, ca. 1945-1947
Box 25 Folder 12
LCVP landing craft training, 1944 June
Box 25 Folder 13
Air at sea surface
Box 25 Folder 14
Aerial shots of bays, 1945
Box 26 Folder 1
Oregon coastline, 1945
Box 26 Folder 2
Farallon Islands, aerial views, 1945
Box 26 Folder 3
Aerial views of Redondo Beach
Box 26 Folder 4
Aerial views of La Jolla coastline, 1944-1945
Box 26 Folder 5
Aerial views of La Jolla coastline, taken by or for Sverdrup, 1944 October 6
Box 26 Folder 6
Aerial views, miscellaneous, 1944-1946
Box 26 Folder 7
Aerial views of coastlines with submarine ridges, 1944-1946
Box 26 Folder 8
Aerial views of wave refraction on beaches and headlands, 1944-1945
Oversize MC-138-15
Panorama double-print of the SIO pier from directly above, 1944 June 2

WRITINGS AND TALKS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) WRITINGS AND TALKS: A selection of Munk's manuscript and typescript drafts of writings for publication, and lectures and/or public remarks. The writings are not comprehensive and do not include drafts of some important works. Munk often delivered remarks from roughly sketched outlines; a few additional outlines for public presentations can be found in the next series, embedded within his travel files for events, conferences and meetings (and are noted where they occur). Materials are arranged chronologically.

Box 27 Folder 1
Increase in the period of waves traveling over large distances: With applications to tsunamis, swell, and seismic surface waves - Dissertation for degree Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Oceanography, 1946 October
Box 27 Folder 2
Putnam, Munk, and Traylor. The prediction of longshore currents, 1948 May

Wave Report no. 74, Hydrographic Office of Naval Research contract N6ori-111. Includes wave refraction figures.

Box 27 Folder 3
Harald Ulrik Sverdrup: An appreciation / In memoriam, 1948, 1957
Box 27 Folder 4
Munk, Pierson, and Arthur. Convergence of wave energy along a refracted ray, 1950
Box 27 Folder 5
Munk and Gordon Groves. A note on decompression for Aqua-lung divers, ca. 1951
Box 27 Folder 6
Technical report ONRL-94-54. Oceanographic and Earth's Interior Program at the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics meeting, Rome, Italy, 1954 October 22
Box 27 Folder 7
Munk, Miller, Snodgrass and Barber. Directional recording of swell from distant storms, 1963
Box 27 Folder 8
Munk and Cartwright. Tidal spectroscopy and prediction (photocopy with annotations), 1966
Box 27 Folder 9
Eulogy for Donal Hord, 1966 July
Box 27 Folder 10
Low-frequency tail of the ocean wave spectrum (abstract). Presented at 6th Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics, Washington, D.C., 1966 September-October
Box 27 Folder 11-12
Gallagher, B. and Munk. Tides in shallow water: Spectroscopy, 1966-1970

Published 1971. Includes correspondence and drafts.

Box 27 Folder 13
"Variability and prediction," lecture presented in Seattle, WA, 1968 January
Box 27 Folder 14
Ocean tides and waves (abstract). Paper presented at UC Centennial Symposium on Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, 1968 February 1
Box 27 Folder 15
AGU Bowie Medal citation for Roger Revelle, 1968 April
Box 27 Folder 16
Comments on UCSD, the Regents, and the students. Unitarian Church, La Jolla, 1968 December 1

Comments on Herbert Marcuse.

Box 27 Folder 17-18
Munk, Snodgrass and Wimbush. Tides off-shore: Transition from California coastal to deep-sea waters - Correspondence and data, 1968-1970

Published 1970. Correspondents include: Carl Wunsch, Gordon Groves, Steacy Hicks, Ali Nowroozi, Bernard Zetler, Maurice Ewing, and David Cartwright.

Box 28 Folder 1
Munk, Snodgrass and Wimbush. Tides off-shore: Transition from California coastal to deep-sea waters - Figures and data, 1968-1970
Box 28 Folder 2
Waves and turbulence, ca. 1970
Box 28 Folder 3
Deep-sea tides (abstract). Presented at 8th Symposium on Naval Hydrodynamics, Rome, Italy, 1970 August
Box 28 Folder 4
Concluding remarks and abstract, Joint Oceanographic Assembly on Physical Oceanography, Tokyo, Japan, 1970 September
Box 28 Folder 5-6
Garrett, Christopher and Munk. Space-time scales of internal waves - Draft and related correspondence, 1970-1972
Box 77 Folder 1
Garrett, Christopher and Munk. Space-time scales of internal waves - Data printouts (oversize), 1970-1972
Box 28 Folder 7
Irish, Munk and Snodgrass. M₂ amphidrome in the Northeast Pacific, 1971
Box 28 Folder 8
Charney, J. and Munk. The applied physical sciences. Prepared for symposium in honor of John von Neumann on "The influence of the computer on science and learning," Princeton University, 1971
Box 28 Folder 9
On Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, published in Oceanus, 1971 June
Box 28 Folder 10
Turbulence in a stratified ocean. Proceedings of a symposium at UC San Diego, 1971 July
Box 28 Folder 11
Asmus, Wuerker, and Munk. Lasers and holography in art preservation and restoration, 1972
Box 28 Folder 12
Intermittent temperature and salinity inversions by internal wave straining and their role in double-diffusion, 1972
Box 28 Folder 13
Nierenberg and Munk. Sea spectra and radar scattering. Institute for Defense Analyses, JASON Summer Study Note N-817, 1972 August
Box 28 Folder 14
Morse, Andrews and Munk. Report on exploratory development programs in the ocean sciences (Navy SysComs report), 1973
Box 28 Folder 15
Brown, Munk, Snodgrass and Zetler. Bottom pressures in the mode region, 1973 August 3
Box 28 Folder 16
Munk, Snodgrass and Zetler. Oceanography from the bottom up. Published in Naval Research Reviews, 1973 September
Box 28 Folder 17
Hendershott, Munk and Zetler. Ocean tides from SEASAT-A, 1974
Box 28 Folder 18
Citation for Sir Edward Bullard on receipt of the William Bowie medal, 1974-1975
Box 28 Folder 19
Spiess, Munk, Isaacs and Liebermann. Carl Eckart obituary, 1974-1975
Box 28 Folder 20
The painful task of measuring low-frequency geophysical processes with drifting instruments ("clock problems"), ca. 1975
Box 28 Folder 21-22
Cairns, Munk and Winant. On the dynamics of neutrally buoyant capsules: An experimental drop in Lake Tahoe, 1975-1977
Box 29 Folder 1
Munk and Worcester. Monitoring the ocean acoustically. Prepared for ONR's 30th anniversary publication, Science Perspectives, 1976
Box 29 Folder 2
Response to award of Maurice Ewing and Agassiz medals, 1976 April
Box 29 Folder 3
Munk and G. Williams. Acoustic oceanography, 1976-1977
Box 29 Folder 4-6
Sound transmission through a fluctuating ocean ed. Stanley M. Flatté, ca. 1976-1979

Includes extensive correspondence and drafts.

Box 29 Folder 7
Freak waves: Can they be avoided?, 1977

Includes copy of MPL report on FLIP casualty in 1969 400 miles north of Oahu.

Box 29 Folder 8
Visit to Tsingtao [China], based on notes by Jack Bryant and Walter Munk, 1977

General Scientific Delegation (1977 trip) sponsored by Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China (CSCPRC).

Box 29 Folder 9
Personal diary of journey to People's Republic of China, 1977 June-July

General Scientific Delegation (1977 trip) sponsored by Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China (CSCPRC).

Box 29 Folder 10
Revelle model for the CO₂ pulse associated with the industrial revolution, 1977
Box 29 Folder 11
Munk and Wunsch. Ocean acoustic tomography: A scheme for large scale monitoring, 1977-1978
Box 29 Folder 12
Global noise/10 Hz transmitter [research file] - Scientific correspondence with Douglas Webb, 1977-1986

Includes lengthy technical memoranda regarding underwater acoustics.

Box 30 Folder 1
Munk, Worcester, and Zachariasen. Scattering of sound by internal waves: The role of particle velocities, 1977-1981

Published as "Scattering of sound by internal wave currents: The relation to vertical momentum flux."

Box 30 Folder 2
Garrett, Christopher and Munk. Internal waves in the ocean, for Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 1978
Box 30 Folder 3
AIP volume dedication to Sir Edward Bullard, 1978
Box 30 Folder 4
Citation for Sir Edward Bullard on receipt of the Maurice Ewing Medal, 1978
Box 30 Folder 5
Sabbatical leave report - Australia; and oceanographic delegation sponsored by Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China (CSCPRC), 1978 November
Box 30 Folder 6
Miscellaneous untitled lecture notes, 1978-1979
Box 30 Folder 7-8
Affairs of the sea, prefatory chapter for Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Vol. 8, 1979-1980

Autobiographical essay (two versions; second version includes a biographical statement and bibliography for Munk). First folder includes a letter to Bullard.

Box 30 Folder 9
Horizontal deflection of acoustic paths by mesoscale eddies, 1979
Box 30 Folder 10
Munk and Zetler. Tidal effects on long-range sound transmission - Correspondence and research notes, 1979-1980
Box 30 Folder 11
Joint venture to study ocean acoustic tomography. Presented at OARS workshop, Seattle, WA, 1980 January
Box 30 Folder 12
Internal wave spectra at the buoyant and inertial frequencies, 1980
Box 77 Folder 3
Internal wave spectra at the buoyant and inertial frequencies - Graphs and plots (oversize), 1980
Box 31 Folder 1
Oceanic variability: How not to measure it. Presented at CIMAS, University of Miami, FL, 1980

Includes transcript of discussion following lecture.

Box 31 Folder 2-3
Acoustics and ocean dynamics. Presented at Woods Hole Symposium on The Future of Oceanography, 1980
Box 31 Folder 4
Global noise/A state-switched acoustic source, 1980-1981
Box 31 Folder 5
Ocean acoustic tomography: Hybrid analysis using rays and normal modes, 1981
Box 31 Folder 6
Why is the Earth a poor timekeeper? Comments on The Earth's variable Rotation: Geophysical Courses and Consequences by Kurt Lambeck, 1981-1982
Box 31 Folder 7
Behringer, D. et al. A demonstration of ocean acoustic tomography, 1981-1982
Box 31 Folder 8
Munk and Wunsch. Observing the ocean in the 1990s, 1982
Box 31 Folder 9
Munk and Wunsch. Up/down resolution in ocean acoustic tomography, 1982
Box 31 Folder 10
Outline of Munk's IGPP retirement speech, 1982
Box 31 Folder 11
Dashen, Munk and Zachariasen. Letter to Andreassen and Harper (JASON document JSN-83-01), 1982 December
Box 31 Folder 12-13
Dashen and Munk. Three models of global ocean noise, 1982-1983
Box 77 Folder 4
Dashen and Munk. Three models of global ocean noise - Data (oversize), 1982-1983
Box 32 Folder 1
Munk and Wunsch. Ocean acoustic tomography: Rays and modes, 1982-1983
Box 32 Folder 2
Briefing on state of science and technology understanding ocean circulation, 1983 April 15
Box 32 Folder 3
Wave predictability: Short range and long range. Presented at Symposium on the Safety of Life Offshore, International Assoc. of Drilling Contractors (IADC), La Jolla, 1983
Box 32 Folder 4
Acoustic sources. Presentation at Workshop on Transducers for Acoustic Tomography, Woods Hole, 1983 August
Box 32 Folder 5
Remarks at Symposium in Honor of W. A. Nierenberg's 65th Birthday, 1983-1984

Includes supporting materials.

Box 32 Folder 6
Talk on satellite observations given at International Ocean Technology Workshop, Nantucket Island, 1984
Box 32 Folder 7
Memo on Test-Ban Treaty to Frank Press, President National Academy of Sciences, 1984 August 27
Box 32 Folder 8
Cornuelle et al. Tomographic maps of the ocean mesoscale, 1984
Box 32 Folder 9-11
Munk and Wunsch. Biases and caustics in long-range acoustic tomography, 1984-1985
Box 33 Folder 1
Methods for exploring the large scale ocean turbulence. Prepared for Symposium on Perspectives in Fluid Dynamics in honor of Hans Liepmann, Cal Tech, 1985
Box 33 Folder 2
Munk et al. Planning for the Ocean Science and Technology Directorate (JASON document JSR-85-208), 1985 July
Box 33 Folder 3
Introductory comments and rough transcript of oral history for ONR 40th Anniversary Symposium, Washington, D.C., 1985-1986
Box 33 Folder 4
Munk, Revelle, Worcester and Zumberge. Strategy for future measurements of very-low-frequency sea-level change, 1985-1989
Box 33 Folder 5
Acoustic monitoring of ocean gyres. Presented at IUTAM Symposium on Fluid Mechanics in the Spirit of G.I. Taylor, Cambridge, England, 1986
Box 33 Folder 6-7
1986 Bakerian Lecture: Munk, Scully-Power, and Zachariasen. "Ships from space," paper for the Royal Society, London, 1986-1987

Includes photographs and correspondence.

Box 33 Folder 8
1986 Bakerian Lecture: "Acoustic monitoring of ocean gyres," talk for the Royal Society, London, 1986
Box 33 Folder 9
"The IGPP mug shots: a Halloween surprise" - Notes and slides for a Geophysics Seminar on personal and architectural history of IGPP, 1986 October 31

For a recording of this talk, see the AUDIOVISUAL RECORDINGS series.

Box 34 Folder 1-2
Munk and Wunsch. Acoustic tomography by Hamiltonian methods including the Adiabatic Approximation, 1986-1987

Includes notes entitled, "Adiabatic case à la Wunsch."

Box 34 Folder 3
Citation for Gordon Hamilton, and luncheon remarks, Baltimore, MD, 1987
Box 34 Folder 4
Munk and Melbourne Briscoe. Sea-going measurements: Diminished by satellites and super-computers?, 1987
Box 34 Folder 5
Munk and Worcester. Ocean acoustic tomography, 1988
Box 34 Folder 6
Cornuelle, Munk and Worcester. Ocean acoustic tomography from ships, 1988
Box 34 Folder 7
Munk, O'Reilly and Reid. Australia-Bermuda sound transmission experiment (1960) revisited, 1988
Box 34 Folder 8
Munk and Forbes. Global ocean warming: An acoustic measure?, 1989
Box 34 Folder 9
Refraction of acoustic modes in very long-range transmissions, 1990
Box 34 Folder 10
The Heard Island Experiment. Inaugural lecture of the International Science Series, Washington, D.C., 1990 November 2
Box 34 Folder 11
Remarks for Roger Revelle memorial services, 1991 July
Box 34 Folder 12
Scripps Institution of Oceanography: The Revelle Years, 1991 August
Box 34 Folder 13
Untitled paper on Roger Revelle and ONR, 1991 September 25
Box 35 Folder 1
Global ocean warming. Presented at Roger Revelle Memorial Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1992 October 23-24
Box 35 Folder 2
Acoustic tomography of ocean climate. Presented at OECD Megascience Forum Expert meeting on Oceanography, Tokyo, Japan, 1993

Includes planning materials and visit to JAMSTEC.

Box 35 Folder 3-6
Ocean Acoustic Tomography - Correspondence re: comments and publication, 1994-1995
Box 35 Folder 7-8
Malone, Goldberg, and Munk. Roger Randall Dougan Revelle (NAS biographical memoir, published 1997 December), 1994-1997
Box 35 Folder 9
Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate (ATOC). Presented at ASA Meeting, Washington, D.C., 1995
Box 35 Folder 10
Remarks prepared for 10th Anniversary Meeting of the OSB, Woods Hole, RI, 1995
Box 35 Folder 11
Remarks for Edward Frieman Symposium, 1996 July 26
Box 35 Folder 12
The moon and mixing: Abyssal recipes II, 1997 March-April
Box 35 Folder 13
"The changing ocean climate." Carnegie Institution lecture, Washington, D.C., 1997 April
Box 35 Folder 14
"Sampling the oceans from above and beneath." IAPSO President's Invited Lecture, 1997 June
Box 35 Folder 15
Munk and Wunsch. The moon, of course..., 1997 December
Box 36 Folder 1
Remarks on Fred Zachariasen, 2000 January 9
Box 36 Folder 2
"People, institutions, and discovery." Remarks at ONR's Oceanography: The Making of a Science colloquium, 2000 February

Includes correspondence on ocean drilling with Jerry Winterer, and historical notes on ONR/Navy support for SIO by Deborah Day. Presentation includes reminiscences on Maurice Ewing, Columbus Iselin, and Roger Revelle.

Box 36 Folder 3
"Ocean greats." Remarks, at ONR's Oceanography Greats Gala, Washington, D.C., 2000 March
Box 36 Folder 4
"Listening to climate change." Reimer Lüst Lecture, Max Planck Institute of Meteorology, 2000 March-April
Box 36 Folder 5
Harald Ulrik Sverdrup (1888-1957): Celebrating the return of the MAUD seventy-five years ago. Presented at Fram Museum, Oslo, 2000 September 21
Box 36 Folder 6
Munk et al. Monitoring the ocean acoustically: A review and strategy for the future, 2001
Box 36 Folder 7
"Tides and the climate." Remarks prepared for IAPSO/SCOR meeting, Victoria, B.C., 2004

Includes information on Otto Pettersson, Harald Sverdrup, and internal tide research.

EVENTS, CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 5) EVENTS, CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS: Munk's professional engagement files, arranged chronologically. Files include correspondence and materials relating to events and conferences, including travel itineraries, research agendas, and occasionally outlines of Munk's contributions. With one early (1962) exception, the files begin in the 1969, indicating Munk generally did not retain materials relating to professional travel and conference attendance prior to that date.

Box 36 Folder 8
Pugwash Conference (9th) on Science and World Affairs - Agenda for working groups, 1962
Box 36 Folder 28
Ocean Wave Radio Backscatter Group meeting, 1969
Box 36 Folder 9
Fliers for Munk speaking events, ca. 1971
Box 36 Folder 10
Physics Department Colloquium, UC Irvine, 1973 January 12
Box 36 Folder 11
Aerospace Corporation - Scientific Data Potential of Military Satellites meeting, 1977
Box 36 Folder 12
Naval Ocean Research and Development Activity (NORDA) lecture series, 1979 November, 1984
Box 36 Folder 13
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) winter meeting, Los Angeles, 1980 January
Box 36 Folder 14
WHOI events - 3rd International Congress on the History of Oceanography, and Symposium on the Future of Oceanography, 1980 September-October
Box 36 Folder 15
Nonlinear Properties of Internal Waves workshop, 1980
Box 36 Folder 16
U.S. Navy. Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) Steering Committee meeting, Voss, Norway, 1980
Box 36 Folder 17
3rd Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Waves and Stability, 1980-1981
Box 36 Folder 18
World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). Committee on Climatic Changes and the Ocean (CCCO) and Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) study conference on Large-scale Oceanographic Experiments, Tokyo, Japan, 1981-1982
Box 36 Folder 19
AGU annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 1982
Box 36 Folder 20
Naval Research Laboratory, John W. Wright Memorial Lecture, 1982
Box 36 Folder 21
4th Biennial Ewing Symposium, "Climate processes: Sensitivity to solar insolation and CO₂", New York, 1982
Box 36 Folder 22
UC Berkeley, Ocean Engineering graduate seminar, 1982-1983
Box 36 Folder 23
PSAG meeting, Washington, D.C., 1983
Box 36 Folder 24
Celebration for Jule Charney, MIT, 1983
Box 36 Folder 25
Alfred C. Redfield Memorial, Woods Hole, 1983
Box 36 Folder 26
Integrated Global Ocean Monitoring (MONOC) symposium, Tallin, USSR, 1983
Box 36 Folder 27
Scripps Anniversary Celebration: 80 years of Science and Service, 1983

Includes introductory remarks for Nierenberg and Frautschy, delivered by Munk.