Edwin Lee Hamilton Papers, 1933-1995 (SMC 0044)

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Papers of marine geologist Edwin Lee Hamilton documenting his work with the NEL Sea Floor Studies Group and MidPac Expedition. Includes photographs, field notebooks, and correspondence with Robert Dietz, Harry Hess, Gordon MacDonald, and H. William Menard.

American marine geologist Edwin Lee Hamilton was born in Sherman, Texas on December 20, 1914 and educated at Texas A&M University (B.S., Civil Engineering, 1936) and Stanford (M.S., Geology, 1951; Ph.D. 1952). After his distinguished wartime service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Hamilton spent most of his career as a geologist in the Sea Floor Studies Section of the Navy Electronics Laboratory (NEL, later Naval Undersea Research and Development Center) in San Diego, California. He also participated in the joint NEL-SIO MidPac Expedition of 1950.

Edwin Lee Hamilton died in San Diego, California in 1998.

Papers of marine geologist Edwin Lee Hamilton. The collection includes correspondence, subject files, memoranda, research notebooks, notes, manuscripts of publications, photographs, slides and other material documenting his career.

Arranged in five series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) SUBJECT FILES, 3) NOTEBOOKS, 4) PUBLICATIONS, and 5) PHOTOGRAPHS AND SLIDES.

Container List

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) CORRESPONDENCE: Contains letters exchanged with oceanographers and geologists including Robert Dietz, Harry Hess, Gordon MacDonald, and H. William Menard. The series includes some photocopies of the originals.

Box 1 Folder 1-19
1933-1995 and undated

SUBJECT FILES

Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) SUBJECT FILES: Includes material documenting the MidPac Expedition, as well as the work of the Sea Floor Studies Group of the U.S. Navy Electronics Laboratory in San Diego, California. The series also includes Hamilton's notes of a class on ecology of marine animals taught by R.L. Bolin at Hopkins Marine Station in 1949.

Box 1 Folder 20
Acoustical Society of America, 1977-1986
Box 1 Folder 21
American Geophysical Union (AGU), 1956
Box 1 Folder 22
Bonestell, Chesley painting of guyots in Mid Pacific Mountains, 1956 and 1983
Box 1 Folder 23
California Academy of Sciences, 1961
Box 1 Folder 24
Computation (methods, equations), 1965-1979 and undated
Box 1 Folder 25
Deep Sea Drilling Project sample request, 1975
Box 1 Folder 26
Deep submersibles - Public relations miscellaneous, 1963-1968, 1976 and undated
Box 1 Folder 27
Geological Society of America (GSA), 1958-1967 and 1984

Hamilton, Edwin L.

Box 1 Folder 28
Bibliography, undated
Box 1 Folder 29
Biographical information, ca. 1940-1971
Box 1 Folder 30
CURL award, 1968-1971 and undated
Box 1 Folder 31
Position descriptions, 1979-1980
Box 1 Folder 32
Thesis, photographs and negatives, undated
Box 1 Folder 33
Memo to Carey Smith regarding information on properties for underwater acoustics, 1977
Box 1 Folder 34
Menard, Henry William, 1986-1987 and undated
Box 1 Folder 35
MidPac fossil notes, 1950-1951 and undated

Navy Electronics Laboratory (NEL) / Naval Undersea Research and Dev. Center

Box 1 Folder 36
Miscellaneous, 1954, 1957, 1961 and undated
Box 1 Folder 37
Programs and program history, 1949-1989
Box 1 Folder 38
Geoacoustic modeling program recommendation, 1985 and undated
Box 1 Folder 39
Nekton - Geological Diving Consultants (GDC), 1958, 1965, 1984
Box 1 Folder 40
Pacific Science Congresses, 1957, 1961, 1985-1986 and undated
Box 1 Folder 41
Scuba diving, Geological Diving Consultants (GDC) - Includes photos, 1952-1957 and undated
Box 1 Folder 42
Shipek, Carl, 1969, 1980 and undated
Box 1 Folder 43
Stanford, 1946-1948 and undated
Box 1 Folder 44
Statistics, 1980-1982 and undated
Box 1 Folder 45
Student notes, Ecology of Marine Animals 60h, Hopkins Marine Station, Dr. R.L. Bolin (professor), by Edwin L. Hamilton, 1949 and undated
Box 1 Folder 46
University of Washington, 1950-1951

NOTEBOOKS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) NOTEBOOKS: Hamilton's notebooks include some field observations, but largely consist of notes and data collected in support of Hamilton's scientific papers.

Box 1 Folder 47
Attenuation α's, 1975-1987 and undated
Box 1 Folder 48
αp abstracts from papers since 1987, 1971-1987 and undated
Box 1 Folder 49
αp II notes, etc., 1971-1980 and undated
Box 2 Folder 1
Elastic, minerals Ks Kr, data, 1968-1974 and undated
Box 2 Folder 2
Lee SS Operation, data, 1975-1980 and undated
Box 2 Folder 3
Water, undated
Box 2 Folder 4
Vp vs. P gradients, 1977-1978 and undated

PUBLICATIONS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 4) PUBLICATIONS: Includes manuscripts and reprints of publications authored by Hamilton and in collaboration with others.

Box 2 Folder 5
Notes, undated
Box 2 Folder 6
Acoustic Properties of Sediments, undated
Box 2 Folder 7
Ocean Islands, undated
Box 2 Folder 8
Sunken Islands of the MidPacific Mountains, 1951
Box 2 Folder 9
Upper cretaceous, tertiary, and recent planktonic foraminifera from MidPacific flat-topped seamounts, 1953
Box 2 Folder 10
Underwater mapping by diving geologists, 1954
Box 2 Folder 11
Echograms of the MidPacific Expedition, 1954
Box 2 Folder 12
Acoustics and other physical properties of shallow water sediments off San Diego, 1955
Box 2 Folder 13
Density, porosity, and water content of sea floor surface sediments in the vicinity of San Diego, California, 1955
Box 2 Folder 14
Lower eocene phosphatized Globigerina Ooze from Sylvania Guyot - Includes photos, 1957, 1959, 1961
Box 2 Folder 15
Acoustic and other physical properties of shallow water sediments off San Diego, 1956
Box 2 Folder 16
Low sand velocities in high porosity sediments, 1956
Box 2 Folder 17
Planktonic foraminifera from an equatorial Pacific core, 1957
Box 2 Folder 18
Research in marine geology at NEL, 1957
Box 2 Folder 19
Marine geology of the Southern Hawaiian Ridge, 1957
Box 2 Folder 20
The last geographic frontier: the sea floor, 1957
Box 2 Folder 21
Thickness and consolidation of deep sea sediments, 1959
Box 2 Folder 22
Ocean basin ages and amounts of original sediments, 1960
Box 2 Folder 23
Marine geology of the Pacific Basin, 1963
Box 2 Folder 24
Paleogeography of the Tropical Pacific, 1963
Box 2 Folder 25
Sea floor relief, 1963
Box 2 Folder 26
Bulk densities of mineral grains from Mohole samples (Guadalupe Site), 1963
Box 2 Folder 27
Sediment sound velocity measurements made in Situ from Bathyscaph Trieste, 1963
Box 2 Folder 28
Data on recent marine sediments, undated
Box 2 Folder 29
Sea floor relief, 1963
Box 2 Folder 30
Consolidation characteristics and related properties of sediments from experimental Mohole (Guadalupe Site), 1964
Box 2 Folder 31
Sound speed and related physical properties of sediments from experimental Mohole (Guadalupe Site), 1965
Box 2 Folder 32
Kodiak seamount not flat-topped, 1966
Box 2 Folder 33
Investigation of deep-sea sediment cores, III consolidation, 1967
Box 2 Folder 34
Marine geology of abyssal plains in the Gulf of Alaska, 1967
Box 2 Folder 35
Sound velocity and related properties of marine sediments, North Pacific, 1970
Box 2 Folder 36
Velocities of compressional and shear waves in marine sediments determined in Situ from a research submersible, 1970
Box 2 Folder 37
Sound channels in surficial marine sediments, 1970
Box 2 Folder 38
Reflection coefficients and bottom losses at normal incidence computed from Pacific sediment properties, 1970
Box 2 Folder 39
Elastic properties of marine sediments, 1971
Box 2 Folder 40
Prediction of In-Situ acoustic and elastic properties of marine sediments, 1971
Box 2 Folder 41
Compressional-wave attenuation in marine sediments, 1972
Box 2 Folder 42
Correlation between Qs of shear waves and rigidity, 1972
Box 2 Folder 43
Prediction of deep-sea sediment properties: state-of-the-art, 1974
Box 2 Folder 44
Geoacoustic models of the sea floor, 1974
Box 2 Folder 45
Sediment velocities from sonobuoys: Bay of Bengal, Bering Sea, Japan Sea, and North Pacific, 1974
Box 2 Folder 46
Sound attenuation as a function of depth in the sea floor, 1976
Box 2 Folder 47
Variations of density and porosity with depth in deep-sea, 1976
Box 2 Folder 48
Shear-wave velocity versus depth in marine sediments, 1976
Box 2 Folder 49
Attenuation of shear waves in marine sediments, 1976
Box 2 Folder 50
Density, porosity, and grain density of samples from deep sea drilling project site 222 (Leg 23) in the Arabian Sea, 1976
Box 2 Folder 51
Physical properties of Calareous Ooze: control by dissolution at depth, 1977
Box 2 Folder 52
Sediment velocities from sonobuoys: Bengal Fan, Sunda Trench, Andaman Basin, and Nicobar Fan, 1977
Box 2 Folder 53
Sound velocities in Calcareous Oozes and chalks from sonobuoy data: Ontong Java Plateau, Western Equatorial Pacific, 1978
Box 2 Folder 54
Sound velocity-density relations in sea-floor sediments and rocks, 1978
Box 2 Folder 55
Sound velocity gradients in marine sediments, 1979
Box 2 Folder 56
Vp/Vs and Poisson's ratios in marine sediments and rocks, 1979
Box 2 Folder 57
Geoacoustic modeling of the sea floor, 1980
Box 2 Folder 58
Sound velocity and related properties of marine sediments, 1982
Box 2 Folder 59
Acoustic and related properties of Calcareous deep-sea sediments, 1982
Box 2 Folder 60
Sound velocity as a function of depth in marine sediments, 1985
Box 2 Folder 61
Memorial to Carl Joseph Shipek, 1972
Box 2 Folder 62
Abstracts, undated
Box 2 Folder 63
Reviews (selected), 1978-1987, 1993
Box 2 Folder 64
Marine Geology book reviews, 1982, 1991, 1993
Box 2 Folder 65
Page of book reviews, 1987

PHOTOGRAPHS AND SLIDES

Scope and Content of Series

Series 5) PHOTOGRAPHS AND SLIDES: Primarily images created or collected for lectures and scientific papers. The series also includes some photographs and slides taken on the MidPac Expedition.

Box 2 Folder 66-67
Photographs and line drawings, 1946 - 1966 and undated

Selected photographs from this folder have been digitized.

Box 2 Folder 69
MidPac and miscellaneous photographs and negatives, ca. 1950 - 1975

Selected photographs from this folder have been digitized.

Box 2 Folder 70-71
35mm slides, general, 1951-1987
Box 2 Folder 72-74
35mm slides, properties I, 1962-1987
Box 2 Folder 75
35mm slides, properties, reports II, 1980 - 1985