Robert L. Fisher Papers, 1950-2013 (SMC 0114)

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Extent: 47 Linear feet (47 cartons, 25 films, 1 map case folder, 54 map case drawers, 284 rolled charts)

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Scripps Institution of Oceanography research geologist Robert L. Fisher's papers, correspondence, professional materials, research files and writings.

Robert Lloyd Fisher (b. 1925) is a Research Geologist Emeritus in the Geosciences Research Division at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). He is known as a leading contributor to the field of deep-sea geology, with significant lifelong contributions to the areas of seafloor exploration and cartography, sub-oceanic igneous crustal composition and structure, and trench tectonics in the Pacific and Indian oceans. Fisher earned a B.S. in Geology from Caltech in 1949 and a Ph.D. in Marine Geology from UCLA in 1957 (with all research completed at the SIO campus). Active at sea from 1951 to the early 1980s, Fisher was a participant in, and chief scientist of, many major deep-sea geological-geophysical expeditions from SIO. In the 1950s and 1960s he used sound-train analyses from subsurface bomb detonations and innovative echo-sounding practices to determine the depths of deepest-ocean trenches. Fisher was among the first to recognize Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench as the deepest locality in the world's oceans, as well as finding Horizon Deep in the Tonga Trench, slightly less, to be the deepest point in the Southern Hemisphere. A dexterous mapmaker, Fisher's participation in SIO's Vermilion Sea Expedition to the Gulf of California in 1959 produced a bathymetric chart in 1961 which foreshadowed later plate tectonic patterns. Pioneering the theory of subduction, the 1954 two-ship CHUBASCO Expedition in the Middle America Trench established that at trenches the "oceanic" crust above the mantle creeps diagonally into the mantle beneath the landward flanks "continental" layers by convective action.

When the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) installed a working group to coordinate the International Indian Ocean Expedition (1959-1965) Fisher was appointed Co-Chairman alongside USSR's P. L. Bezrukov of its Geology-Geophysics and Bathymetry Subcommittee. He also served as chairman (1982-2003) of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Subcommittee on Undersea Feature Names, there advocating for the appropriate and enduring naming of newly-discovered seafloor features. Fisher was awarded the inaugural Drake Medal by GEBCO in 2004 in recognition of his lifelong contributions to global oceanic geography.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography research geologist Robert L. Fisher's papers, correspondence, professional materials, research files and writings. It includes an extensive array of materials pertaining to SIO expeditions and marine operations, as well the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) and Deep Sea Drilling projects. Subjects of note include marine geology, seafloor exploration and cartography, and deep-sea topography, as well as the study of seafloor spreading, subduction and plate tectonics.

Arranged in fifteen series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) SUBJECT FILES, 4) GROUPS & ORGANIZATIONS, 5) GENERAL BATHYMETRIC CHART OF THE OCEANS (GEBCO), 6) MARINE OPERATIONS COMMITTEE (MOC), 7) CONFERENCES & EVENTS, 8) EXPEDITIONS & WORK AT SEA, 9) DEEP SEA DRILLING PROJECT (DSDP), 10) TEACHING, 11) TALKS & APPEARANCES, 12) WRITINGS & PUBLICATIONS, 13) PHOTOGRAPHS & SLIDES, 14) AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS and 15) CHARTS AND MAPS.

SIO Biographical Files, SAC 5. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Container List

BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS

Scope and Contents

Series 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS: Biographies, curricula vitae, clippings and certificates, as well as an edited transcript of Fisher's 2007 oral history interview.

Box 1 Folder 1
Biographies, undated
Box 1 Folder 2
Newspaper clippings
Box 1 Folder 3
Education, ca. 1952-1957
Box 1 Folder 4-5
Academic bio-bibliographies, 1950-1987
Box 1 Folder 6
Certificates, 1953
Box 1 Folder 7
Oral history of Robert L. Fisher, 2007 January 17

Interview conducted by Laura Harkewicz. Includes correspondence and annotated interview transcript.

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Contents

Series 2) CORRESPONDENCE: Fisher's professional and administrative correspondence, relating primarily to his research and organizational roles at SIO. Letters are arranged chronologically, though some folders of correspondence are organized by the name of the correspondent, in accordance with the original order in which Fisher arranged his materials. Additional correspondence may be found throughout the collection in relevant topical or working folders.

Chronologically sorted correspondence

Box 1 Folder 8-43
1950 January-1965 February
Box 2 Folder 1-40
1965 March-1973 May
Box 3 Folder 1-35
1973 June-1979 September
Box 4 Folder 1-37
1979 October-1986 December
Box 5 Folder 1-45
1987 January-1996 May
Box 6 Folder 1-42
1996 June-2002 December
Box 7 Folder 1-39
2003 January-2013 November
Box 7 Folder 40
undated
Box 7 Folder 41-42
Agapova, Galina (Institute of Physics of the Earth, USSR Academy of Sciences), 1976-2006
Box 7 Folder 43
Alexander, E.C. (UC Berkeley Department of Physics), 1972-1974
Box 7 Folder 44
Allison, Edwin C. (Museum of Paleontology, University of California), 1957-1967
Box 7 Folder 45
Andreason, Christian (International Hydrographic Bureau), 1992-1996
Box 7 Folder 46
de Baissac, Jean B., 1962-1991
Box 7 Folder 47
Baker, F.W.G. (ICSU), 1972-1973
Box 7 Folder 48
Behrman, Daniel (UNESCO), 1968-1987
Box 7 Folder 49
Bergh, Hugh (Bernard Price Institute of Geophysical Research), 1975-1996
Box 8 Folder 1-2
Bloomer, Sherman, 1980-1998
Box 8 Folder 3
Bogdanoff, Alexei (Subcomission, Tectonic Map of the World, Moscow University), 1966-1971
Box 8 Folder 4-5
Chavez, Carmen, 1981-2006
Box 8 Folder 6
Delaloye, Michel, 1984-1987
Box 8 Folder 7-8
Dick, Henry (WHOI), 1977-2012
Box 8 Folder 9-12
Engel, Celeste, 1977-2002
Box 8 Folder 13-14
Falconer, Robin (GeoResearch Associates), 1983-2004
Box 8 Folder 15-17
Frankel, Henry, 2006-2012
Box 8 Folder 18
Geli, Louis (INFREMER Centre de Brest), 1998-2000
Box 8 Folder 19-23
Goodwillie, Andrew, 2001-2008
Box 8 Folder 24-25
Goslin, Jean (GEBCO), 1981-1986
Box 8 Folder 26
Harper, Brian, 1996-2011
Box 8 Folder 27
Heezen, Bruce (Lamont Geological Observatory, Columbia University), 1962-1966
Box 8 Folder 28
Howorth, Elizabeth, 1961-1968
Box 9 Folder 1-3
Jantsch, Marie, 1963-1972
Box 9 Folder 4-5
Johnson, Leonard, 1962-1967
Box 9 Folder 6
Kapoor, D.C. (Indian Navy), 1981
Box 9 Folder 7-8
Koppes, Steve, 2006-2011
Box 9 Folder 9-11
Laughton, Anthony (National Institute of Geology), 1961-2005
Box 9 Folder 12
Lawver, Lawrence, 1980-1990
Box 9 Folder 13
Markl, Rudi (Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory), 1974-1981
Box 9 Folder 14
Matthews, Drum (University of Cambridge Department of Geodesy and Geophysics), 1963-1990
Box 9 Folder 15
Maxwell, Arthur (University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics), 1963-2004
Box 9 Folder 16
Melson, William (National Museum of Natural History), 1971-1975
Box 9 Folder 17
Menard, Henry William, 1963-1989
Box 9 Folder 18
Nasu, Noriyuki (University of Tokyo), 1962-2010
Box 9 Folder 19
Nierenberg, William, 1966-1985
Box 9 Folder 20
Patriat, Philippe (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris), 1987-1992
Box 9 Folder 21
Revelle, Roger, 1979-1989
Box 9 Folder 22
Riedel, William, 1977-2013
Box 9 Folder 23
Rowland, Robert, 2002-2006
Box 9 Folder 24
Schenke, Hans Werner (Institute for Polar and Marine Research), 2003-2011
Box 9 Folder 25-26
Schlich, Roland (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris), 1970-2012
Box 9 Folder 27-29
Sclater, John, 1965-2009
Box 9 Folder 30-32
Scott, Mary and Desmond, 1977-2012
Box 10 Folder 1-6
Scott, Mary and Desmond (cont.), 1977-2012
Box 10 Folder 7
Shor, Betty and George, 1969-1981
Box 10 Folder 8
Simpson, E.S.W. (University of Cape Town Institute of Oceanography), 1969-1985
Box 10 Folder 9
Louis Slichter, 1966-1967
Box 10 Folder 10
Stewart, Harris (U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Oceanography), 1958-1995
Box 10 Folder 11
Talwani, Manik (Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, Columbia University), 1965-1976
Box 10 Folder 12
Thyfault, Jean, 1969-2006
Box 10 Folder 13-14
Udintsev, Gleb (Academy of Sciences USSR Institute of Oceanography), 1962-2005
Box 10 Folder 15
Venkatarathnam, Kolla, 1967-1977
Box 10 Folder 16-17
Von Herzen, Richard, 1963-1967
Box 10 Folder 18
Wolff, Torben (Universitetets Zoologiske Museum), 1964-1977
Box 10 Folder 19
Yashima, Kunio, 1994-2011

SUBJECT FILES

Scope and Contents

Series 3) SUBJECT FILES: General research files on subjects of professional interest, arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Box 10 Folder 20
"The Bunk" - Shelter Island Players, 1968

Script for a play in which Robert Fisher, Alan Phinney and William Nierenberg participated.

Box 10 Folder 21-22
Challenger Deep, 1960-1997

Seafloor of the Mariana Trench.

Box 10 Folder 23
Deep-Sea Research journal, 1967-1976
Box 10 Folder 24
Deepsea Challenger - Deep-diving submersible, 2003-2011

Includes information about Canadian filmmaker and deep-sea explorer James Cameron.

Box 10 Folder 25-26
Dredging techniques, 1969-1990
Box 10 Folder 27
Edgerton, Germeshausen and Grier, Inc., 1962-1970

Manufacturer of deep-sea cameras.

Box 11 Folder 1
Encyclopedia of Geology, undated
Box 11 Folder 2-4
Geological/Geophysical Atlases of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, 1979-1991
Box 11 Folder 5
Geology, nomenclature and standards, 1984-1987
Box 11 Folder 6
Geological Survey of Japan, 1997-2000
Box 11 Folder 7-10
H.M.A.S Diamantina, 1958-1973
Box 11 Folder 11
H.M.A.S Kimbla, 1968-1969
Box 11 Folder 12
King Kong Productions, 1975-1976

Correspondence, documents and film artwork regarding the use of R/V Melville for a movie.

Box 11 Folder 13
Krauss, John A., 1961
Box 11 Folder 14
Marine geological material curation, standards and abbreviations, 1959-1974
Box 11 Folder 15
Matkin CHALLENGER Letters Publication Project, 1987-1993
Box 11 Folder 16
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 1993-1994

Fisher contributed a manuscript titled "Deep-Sea Trench."

Box 11 Folder 17
Melville Bank, undersea name proposal, 1980
Box 11 Folder 18
Mosaic magazine, National Science Foundation, 1980-1981
Box 11 Folder 19
Oak Summit Vineyard, 2000-2012
Box 11 Folder 20
Ocean-Wide Survey, National Research Council, 1960
Box 11 Folder 21-22
Ocean Floor Relief Project, 1974-1980
Box 11 Folder 23
Ophiolites, 1977-1980
Box 11 Folder 24
Owen Bank, undersea name proposal, 1981-1982
Box 11 Folder 25-26
"Petrological Study of Plutonic and Extrusive Rocks from Rapidly-Spreading Mid-Oceanic Ridges" - NSF project proposal, 1984-1985
Box 11 Folder 27
Quartz, microphotographs, 1950-1959
Box 11 Folder 28-29
R/V Alpha Helix, 1979-1980
Box 11 Folder 30
R/V Flinders, 1969-1970
Box 11 Folder 31
R/V Horizon, 1961-1964
Box 11 Folder 32
R/V New Horizon, 1974-1980
Box 12 Folder 1
R/V Roger Revelle, 1996
Box 12 Folder 2
Revelle, Roger, 1964-1992

Biographical information submitted to writers for press releases and biographies.

Box 12 Folder 3-4
Ritter Hall, 1985-2001
Box 12 Folder 5
Rocas Alijos Project, 1989-12007
Box 12 Folder 6
Saint Pierre Bank, undersea name proposal, 1980
Box 12 Folder 7
Scientific American, 1966-1973
Box 12 Folder 8
SEASAT SAR, satellite imaging of Gulf of California, 1978
Box 12 Folder 9
Shoals of Capricorn Programme, 1997-2000
Box 12 Folder 10
St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, ca. 1949
Box 12 Folder 11-12
"Structural and Petrologic Study of the Antarctic Plate Boundary in the Southwesternmost Indian Ocean: Field Program" - NSF project proposal, 1981
Box 12 Folder 13
Udintzev, G.B., 1960
Box 12 Folder 14
Who's Who, 1965-2005
Box 12 Folder 15
Yap Trench, 1997-2000
Box 12 Folder 16
Zatonsky, L.K., 1961

GROUPS & ORGANIZATIONS

Scope and Contents

Series 4) GROUPS & ORGANIZATIONS: Working files, correspondence and other materials documenting Fisher's involvement in professional associations and working groups in the field of oceanography. Arranged alphabetically.

Box 12 Folder 17
Adventurer's Club, 2004
Box 12 Folder 18
Alfred Wegener-Institut fur Polar und Meeresforschung, 1994-1998
Box 12 Folder 19
American Geophysical Union, 1951-1953

Includes abstracts of talks prepared by Robert Fisher.

Box 12 Folder 20
American Geophysical Union, 1992-2000
Box 12 Folder 21
American Men and Women of Science, 1959-1994
Box 12 Folder 22
American Miscellaneous Society, ca. 1952-1966
Box 12 Folder 23
Ancient Mariners, 1997-2007
Box 12 Folder 24
Arctic Institute of North America, 1957-1966
Box 12 Folder 25
Australian Antarctic Division, 1996-2000
Box 12 Folder 26
Australian Geological Survey Organization, 1987-2000
Box 12 Folder 27
Beach Erosion Board, 1950
Box 12 Folder 28-31
British Oceanographic Data Centre, 1989-2008
Box 13 Folder 1-5
British Oceanographic Data Centre (cont.), 1989-2008
Box 13 Folder 6-7
Caltech Alumni Association, 1964-2008
Box 13 Folder 8
The Challenger Society, 1973-2010
Box 13 Folder 9-10
Committee on Oceanography, National Research Council, 1959-1961
Box 13 Folder 11
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), 1995-2000
Box 13 Folder 12-15
l'Ecole et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre, 1987-2004
Box 13 Folder 16-23
Explorers Club, general information and correspondence, 1988-2013

Fisher served as chairman from 1988-1990.

Box 14 Folder 1
Explorers Club, general information and correspondence (cont.), 1988-2013
Box 14 Folder 2-4
Explorers Club, annual dinners, 1984-2013
Box 14 Folder 5
The Geological Society, 1984
Box 14 Folder 6
Geological Society of America, 1970-1978
Box 14 Folder 7
Hydrographic Committee on Antarctica, IHO, 1986-1998
Box 14 Folder 8-9
Hydrographic Service, Royal Australian Navy, 1962-2003
Box 14 Folder 10-14
Indian Ocean Data Compilation Project (IODCP), 1990-2001

Also called Alliance Exotique.

Box 14 Folder 15-20
Indo-U.S. Sub-commission on Science and Technology, 1978-1983
Box 14 Folder 21
Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, 1989-2001
Box 14 Folder 22
Interagency Committee on Oceanography, 1960-1961
Box 14 Folder 23-24
International Decade of Ocean Exploration (IDOE), 1970-1976
Box 15 Folder 1-2
IDOE Southeast Asia Program, 1974-1975
Box 15 Folder 3-4
International Hydrographic Organization, 1992-2000
Box 15 Folder 5
International Upper Mantle Committee, 1965-1975
Box 15 Folder 6-25
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO, 1961-1969

General information, correspondence, notes and meeting materials. Includes "Draft of a General Scientific Framework for World Ocean Study" and technical series documents.

Box 16 Folder 1-2
IOC-Editorial Board on the International Bathymetric Chart of the Western Indian Ocean (IBCWIO), 1984-2003
Box 16 Folder 3-4
Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, 1987-1995
Box 16 Folder 5
Mauritius Oceanography Institute, 2000-2004
Box 16 Folder 6
Ministry of Geology, People's Republic of China, 1978-1985
Box 16 Folder 7
National Geographic Society, 1983-2013
Box 16 Folder 8
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, 1997-1998

National Science Foundation

Box 16 Folder 9-23
General information and correspondence, ca. 1976-1988
Box 16 Folder 24
NSF reviews - Research proposals, 1972-1990
Box 17 Folder 1
NSF reviews - Research proposals (cont.), 1972-1990
Box 17 Folder 2
Summary of grants awarded with Fisher as Principal Investigator, 1960-1975
Box 17 Folder 3-6
Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A&M University, 1972-1983
Box 17 Folder 7-8
Ocean Policy Committee, OSU Marine Science Center, 1979
Box 17 Folder 9
The Oceanography Society, 1988-2004
Box 17 Folder 10
Office of Marine Sciences and Technology Affairs, 1980-1983

Office of Naval Research

Box 17 Folder 11-14
General information and correspondence, ca. 1965-1977
Box 17 Folder 15-21
General information and correspondence, ca. 1977-1987
Box 17 Folder 22-24
Progress reports, 1952-1959
Box 18 Folder 1-2
Progress reports (cont.), 1952-1959
Box 18 Folder 3
Office of Science and Technology, South African Consulate-General, 1982-1985
Box 18 Folder 4
The Royal Society, 1964-2003
Box 18 Folder 5
Scripps Industrial Associates, 1965-1976
Box 18 Folder 6
Sigma Xi, 1997-2013
Box 18 Folder 7-11
SIO Centennial Books Committee, 1998-2002
Box 18 Folder 12
Soviet Geophysical Committee, 1960-1961
Box 18 Folder 13-14
South African Hydrographic Office, 1981-2000
Box 18 Folder 15
"Tectonics of the Southern Ocean" - Research project sponsored by MIT, 1981-1984
Box 18 Folder 16
Territoire des Terres Australes et Antarctiques Francaises (TAAF), 1986-1995
Box 18 Folder 17
U.S.-Japan Cooperative Science Program, 1962-1963
Box 18 Folder 18-24
U.S. Board on Geographic Names, 1978-2003
Box 19 Folder 1-2
U.S. Board on Geographic Names (cont.), 1978-2003
Box 19 Folder 3
U.S. Civil Service Commission, 1955-1958
Box 19 Folder 4
U.S. Geological Survey, 1950-1974
Box 19 Folder 5
U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office, 1965-1976
Box 19 Folder 6-10
United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, 1962-1996

University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS)

Box 19 Folder 11-14
General information and correspondence, 1970-1979
Box 19 Folder 15-22
Annual meetings and workshops, 1974-1979
Box 20 Folder 1-2
Annual meetings and workshops (cont.), 1974-1979
Box 20 Folder 3-4
University of Texas at Austin Institute for Geophysics, 1988-1990
Box 20 Folder 5
Working Group on Atlases, SCOR, 1963-1965
Box 20 Folder 6
Working Group on Improved Global Bathymetry, SCOR, 1996-1997
Box 20 Folder 7-8
Working Group on Morphological Mapping of the Ocean Floor, SCOR, 1972-1975
Box 20 Folder 9
Wright Paleohydrological Institute, 2002-2012

GENERAL BATHYMETRIC CHART OF THE OCEANS (GEBCO)

Scope and Contents

Series 5) GEBCO: Correspondence, research files, and meeting materials documenting Fisher's work for the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans group. Arranged chronologically in subject files.

Box 20 Folder 10
Assorted correspondence, 1974-1994
Box 20 Folder 11-20
Michel Huet - Correspondence, 1995-2013
Box 20 Folder 21-22
Dmitri Travin - Correspondence, 2001-2003
Box 20 Folder 23
Robert Whitmarsh - Correspondence, 2001-2010
Box 21 Folder 1
Robert Whitmarsh - Correspondence, 2001-2010
Box 21 Folder 2
Undersea name proposals, 1997-2000
Box 21 Folder 3-4
Standards and terms, 1996-2000
Box 21 Folder 5
List of geographical names, 1985
Box 21 Folder 6-8
International lexicons, 1983-1993
Box 21 Folder 9-10
International conference on Maritime Terminology Issues in Communication and Translation, 1998 May 15-16
Box 21 Folder 11
Centenary meeting, 2003 April 10-17
Box 21 Folder 12-16
Officers meetings, 1984-2002
Box 21 Folder 17-23
Guiding Committee, 1967-2011
Box 22 Folder 1-19
Guiding Committee, 1967-2011
Box 22 Folder 20-23
Sub-Committee on Geographical Names and Nomenclature of Ocean Bottom Features (GN/NOBF), 1975-1991
Box 23 Folder 1-14
Sub-Committee on Geographical Names and Nomenclature of Ocean Bottom Features (GN/NOBF) (cont.), 1975-1991
Box 23 Folder 15-20
Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN), 1991-2011

General information, forms, correspondence, and meeting materials, arranged chronologically.

Box 24 Folder 1-20
Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN) (cont. i), 1991-2011
Box 25 Folder 1-7
Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN) (cont. ii), 1991-2011
Box 25 Folder 8
Gazetteer and Standardization of Undersea Feature Names (BP-0008), 1988, 2004
Box 25 Folder 9-13
Fifth edition, 1979-1991

MARINE OPERATIONS COMMITTEE (MOC)

Scope and Contents

Series 6) MOC: Correspondence, ship schedules and other operations materials from Fisher's appointment as associate director and head of Ship Operations and Marine Technical Support and his related work on the Marine Operations Committee (MOC). Arranged chronologically in subject files.

Box 25 Folder 14-22
General information and correspondence, 1975-1983
Box 26 Folder 1-4
General information and correspondence, 1975-1983
Box 26 Folder 5-6
Nimitz Marine Facility (MarFac), 1978-1985
Box 26 Folder 7
U.C. Ship Funding Panel, 1974-1981
Box 26 Folder 8-10
Alpha Helix Program, 1976-1985
Box 26 Folder 11-13
Funding and expenditures, 1971-1980
Box 26 Folder 14-15
Daily ship rates, 1977-1997
Box 26 Folder 16
Ship operational schedules, 1959-1974
Box 26 Folder 17
Ship schedules, 1964-1977
Box 26 Folder 18-21
Meeting minutes, 1967-1993
Box 27 Folder 1-8
Meeting minutes, 1967-1993
Box 27 Folder 9
Shipboard alcohol policy, 1959-1980
Box 27 Folder 10
Ship formulas, 1976-1977
Box 27 Folder 11
Ship Maintenance Subcommittee, 1978
Box 27 Folder 12
Reports, 1978
Box 27 Folder 13
Safety, 1980
Box 27 Folder 14
Chief scientist's manuals, 1975-1982

CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Scope and Contents

Series 7) CONFERENCES & EVENTS: Correspondence, ephemera and papers gathered in preparation for participation in, or planning for, conferences and events. Arranged chronologically.

Box 27 Folder 15
Miscellaneous conferences and symposiums, ca. 1958-1960
Box 27 Folder 16
"The Crust of the Earth" - Department of Geology, Columbia University, 1954 October 14-16
Box 27 Folder 17-18
Congreso Geologico Internacional, XX Sesion Mexico, 1956
Box 27 Folder 19
Third meeting, Special Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), 1959 August 29-30
Box 27 Folder 20
India - Miscellaneous, 1964-1966
Box 27 Folder 21-23
Second International Oceanographic Congress, 1966 May 30-June 9
Box 27 Folder 24
Symposium on Island Arcs, Mid-oceanic Ridges and Sea-floor Spreading, 1967 April 19

Fisher co-presented a paper titled "Topographic-Heat Flow Studies in Seven Micronesian and Melanesian Trenches."

Box 27 Folder 25
American Geophysical Union meeting, 1968 April

Fisher co-presented a paper titled "Dunate Dredged from the Nearshore Flank of Tonga Trench."

Box 27 Folder 26
American Geophysical Union meeting, 1969 April 21

Fisher co-presented a paper titled "Igneous Rocks from the Mid-Indian Ocean Ridge, CIRCE Expedition, 1968."

Box 27 Folder 27
Symposium on Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks from the Deep Sea Drilling Project, 1973
Box 28 Folder 1
25th Reunion of the SIO Expedition Cruises, 1975 August 17
Box 28 Folder 2
IDOE Workshop, Fiji, 1975 September 1-6
Box 28 Folder 3
International Conference on the Nature of the Oceanic Crust, 1975 December 4-6
Box 28 Folder 4
Workshop on Problems of Scientific Research in the Third U.N. Law of the Sea Conference, 1976 January 15
Box 28 Folder 5
25th International Geological Congress, 1976 August 16-25
Box 28 Folder 6
Third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea, 1978 March
Box 28 Folder 7
Tectonics of the Southwest Pacific Margins - IUGG General Assembly, 1979
Box 28 Folder 8
5th CIBCASIO annual reunion, 1979 November 2-3
Box 28 Folder 9
Symposium in Honor of Sir Edward Bullard, 1980 January 11-12
Box 28 Folder 10
The Generation of the Oceanic Lithosphere - AGU Chapman Conference, 1981 April 6-10
Box 28 Folder 11
Ophiolites and Oceanic Lithosphere - The Geological Society of London, 1982 November 17-19

Fisher co-presented a paper titled "Oxygen Isotope and Geochemical Characterization of Hydrothermal Alteration in Ophiolite Complexes and Modern Oceanic Crust."

Box 28 Folder 12
Workshop on Vourinos-Guevgueli Ophiolites, 1983 June 2-10
Box 28 Folder 13
Ophiolites and Lithosphere of Marginal Seas - Field meeting in Hatay, Turkey, 1985 May
Box 28 Folder 14
Marine Geophysics: A Navy Symposium in honor of the 80th birthdays of Russell W. Raitt and Victor Vacquier, 1986 October 16
Box 28 Folder 15
Leicester University conference, 1987 January 8-10

Fisher co-presented a paper titled "Gabroic Rocks from the Central Indian Ridge - Implications for Magma Chambers at Slow-Spreading Ridges."

Box 28 Folder 16
28th International Geological Congress, 1989 July 9-19

Fisher co-presented a paper titled "Model for Evolution of Indian Ocean from Late Jurassic to Present Day."

Box 28 Folder 17
Chemistry and Our Environment: Science and Public Policy - Symposium honoring Edward D. Goldberg, 1989 August 11
Box 28 Folder 18
A Celebration in Honor of Russell Raitt and Victor Vacquier, 1992 October 13
Box 28 Folder 19-20
Fifth International Congress on the History of Oceanography, 1993 July 7-14
Box 28 Folder 21
National Academy of Sciences Colloquium on Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change, 1995 November 13-15
Box 28 Folder 22
Remembering Roger, 1999 March 7
Box 28 Folder 23
50th Reunion of the SIO Expedition Cruises, 2000 September 30
Box 28 Folder 24
SIO Centennial events, 2003
Box 28 Folder 25
Drake Medal reception honoring Dr. Robert Fisher, WHOI and the Ocean Studies Board, 2004 July 7
Box 28 Folder 26
Roger Revelle 100th Birthday Celebration, 2009 March 5-7

EXPEDITIONS & WORK AT SEA

Scope and Contents

Series 8) EXPEDITIONS & WORK AT SEA: Correspondence, cruise logs, operational files and reports, research materials, photographs and other items pertaining to SIO expeditions and work at sea. Arranged chronologically.

Miscellaneous

Box 28 Folder 27-28
Assorted conversion tables, indices and charts for work at sea, undated
Box 28 Folder 29
Oceanographic equipment, ca. 1960-1969
Box 28 Folder 30
Robert Fisher expedition list, 1952-1996

A list of every expedition attended, pulled from the SIO cruise database.

Box 28 Folder 31
Robert Fisher dredge hauls, 1952-1996
Box 28 Folder 32
Miscellaneous cruise dates and tracks, 1952-1980
Box 28 Folder 33-34
Miscellaneous SIO expeditions - Memoranda and announcements, 1955-1969
Box 29 Folder 1-2
Miscellaneous SIO expeditions - Memoranda and announcements (cont.), 1955-1969
Box 29 Folder 3-12
Miscellaneous expedition logs, 1960-1971
Box 29 Folder 13
Expedition funding and budgets, 1962-1964
Box 29 Folder 14-16
Miscellaneous SIO expeditions - Memoranda and announcements, 1971-1984
Box 29 Folder 17-19
Miscellaneous SIO cruise operations, 1978
Box 29 Folder 20-22
Miscellaneous fathograms, ca. 1960-1969
Box 30 Folder 1
Miscellaneous fathograms (cont.), ca. 1960-1969
Box 30 Folder 2
Earthquake epicenters, 1948-1956
Box 30 Folder 3
List of SIO expeditions, 1950-1954
Box 30 Folder 4-5
Research permits and legal issues, Mexico, 1977-1979
Box 30 Folder 6
Guadalupe Island, 1951
Box 30 Folder 7
Shellback Expedition, 1952
Box 30 Folder 8
Cedros Deep, 1952
Box 30 Folder 9
TORO Expedition, 1953
Box 30 Folder 10
Northern Holiday Expedition, 1954
Box 30 Folder 11
Yo-Yo Cruise, 1954
Box 30 Folder 12-13
Acapulco Trench Expedition (Chubasco), 1954
Oversize SIO MC-121-01
Clipperton Island map, 1956

Map prepared by Fisher of Clipperton Island contours based on soundings taken by R/V Spencer F. Baird and R/V Horizon in 1954 and 1956.

Box 30 Folder 14
France-Spain Beach Studies, 1955
Box 30 Folder 15
San Benito Islands Expedition, 1955-1956
Box 30 Folder 16
Acapulco Geological Expedition, 1956
Box 30 Folder 17
Turtle Bay Relief Expedition, 1956
Box 30 Folder 18-19
Vermillion Sea Expedition, 1959
Box 30 Folder 20
Naga Expedition, 1959
Box 30 Folder 21
Zephyrus Expedition, 1962
Box 30 Folder 22
RRS Discovery, Mauritius, 1964
Box 30 Folder 23-26
DODO Expedition, 1964
Box 30 Folder 27
STYX Expedition, 1968 April
Box 30 Folder 28
SCOR Working Group 15 Sea Trials, 1968 April-1968 May
Box 30 Folder 29
Conversion graphs, 1969
Box 30 Folder 30
Expedition SCAN, 1969 February
Box 30 Folder 31
R/V Melville maiden voyage, 1969 September 2-1969 November 16
Box 30 Folder 32-33
Expedition Eurydice, 1974-1975
Box 31 Folder 1-3
Expedition Eurydice, 1974-1975
Box 31 Folder 4-6
R/V Dmitry Mendeleev, IGCP Working Group on Ophiolites, 1976 June-1976 August
Box 31 Folder 7-9
Indian Ocean Triple Junction dredging cruise, R/V Atlantis II, 1976
Box 31 Folder 10
Mariana Expedition, ca. 1978
Box 31 Folder 11
Atlantis II, 1980
Box 31 Folder 12-13
Rama Expedition, 1980-1981
Box 31 Folder 14
Western Indian Ocean, 1980 August
Box 31 Folder 15
Mariana Trench survey, 1982
Box 31 Folder 16
Boomerang Expedition, 1996

Multi-sock Sediment Trap

Box 31 Folder 17
Correspondence, 1958
Box 31 Folder 18-20
Sediment trap data, 1950
Box 31 Folder 21-22
Sediment trap report and data, 1950-1951
Box 31 Folder 23
Charts and graphs, 1950-1951
Box 31 Folder 24-29
Sediment trap mechanical analyses, 1951-1952
Box 32 Folder 1-2
Sediment trap mechanical analyses (cont.), 1951-1952

Capricorn Expedition

Box 32 Folder 3
General information and correspondence, 1952-1953
Box 32 Folder 4-5
Dredging, 1952-1953
Box 32 Folder 6
Report, 1953
Box 32 Folder 7
Photographs, 1952

Transpac Expedition

Box 32 Folder 8
General information and correspondence, 1952-1953
Box 32 Folder 9
Emperor Hirohito's visit, 1975
Box 32 Folder 10
Photographs, 1953

Downwind Expedition

Box 32 Folder 11-17
General information and correspondence, 1957-1958
Box 32 Folder 18
Report, ca. 1958
Box 32 Folder 19-20
Photographs, 1958
Box 32 Folder 21
Downwind Calypso Song lyric sheet, ca. 1958

Written and performed by John Andrews, ship doctor. See AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS series for a sound recording.

Monsoon Expedition

Box 32 Folder 22-26
General information and correspondence, 1960-1961
Box 32 Folder 27
Radio messages, 1960-1961
Box 32 Folder 28
Log, 1960-1961
Box 32 Folder 29
Ship schedules, 1958-1960
Box 32 Folder 30
Dredging, 1960-1961

International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE)

Box 33 Folder 1-4
General information, correspondence and reports, 1960-1965
Box 33 Folder 5-7
SIO involvement, 1960-1964
Box 33 Folder 8-11
Purchase orders, requisitions and invoices, 1962-1968
Box 33 Folder 12-14
Reports, 1960-1964
Box 33 Folder 15-16
USC&GS Ship Pioneer, 1964
Box 33 Folder 17-21
Bulletins, 1962-1968
Box 33 Folder 22
Intercalibration Report, ca. 1960-1969
Box 33 Folder 23
International data exchange, 1961-1965
Box 33 Folder 24-25
Indian Ocean Working Group, SCOR, 1959-1962
Box 33 Folder 26
Working Group on the Geology and Geophysics, National Committee on the International Indian Ocean Expedition, 1960-1961
Box 33 Folder 27
U.S. Program in Biology for the International Indian Ocean Expedition, 1961
Box 34 Folder 1-8
IIOE Meteorology Program, 1961-1966
Box 34 Folder 9-12
Australian program, 1961-1974
Box 34 Folder 13-15
British program, 1962-1964
Box 34 Folder 16
Japanese program, 1962-1964
Box 34 Folder 17
South African program, 1963-1964
Box 34 Folder 18
German program, 1965
Box 34 Folder 19
Indian Ocean Biological Centre, 1962-1965
Box 34 Folder 20-22
R/V Vityaz, USSR, 1964
Box 34 Folder 23
IIOE First Meeting of Editorial Committee for Bathymetry, 1968 January 6-11
Box 34 Folder 24
IIOE Second Meeting of Editorial Committee for Bathymetry, 1968 July 22-24
Box 34 Folder 25-26
Geological-Geophysical Atlas, 1969-1974
Box 35 Folder 1-4
Geological-Geophysical Atlas (cont.), 1969-1974
Box 35 Folder 5
Geological Investigations of the Indian Ocean, 1974
Box 35 Folder 6
Plaque, undated

LUSIAD Expedition

Box 35 Folder 7-10
General information and correspondence, 1962-1963
Box 35 Folder 11
Itinerary and ship scheduling, 1961-1962
Box 35 Folder 12-13
Radio messages, 1962
Box 35 Folder 14
Personnel, 1962-1963
Box 35 Folder 15-16
International consulates, 1962
Box 35 Folder 17
International customs and clearances, 1962
Box 35 Folder 18
Expedition log, 1962
Box 35 Folder 19
Dredging, 1962
Box 35 Folder 20
Data report, 1962-1963

PROA Expedition, 1962

Box 35 Folder 21-25
General information and correspondence, 1962
Box 35 Folder 26-27
Radio messages, 1962
Box 35 Folder 28
Log, 1962
Box 35 Folder 29
Dredging, 1962
Box 36 Folder 1-2
Photographs, 1962
Box 36 Folder 3
Tape recordings notes, 1962

NOVA Expedition

Box 36 Folder 4-6
General information and correspondence, 1966-1968
Box 36 Folder 7
Radio messages, 1967
Box 36 Folder 8
Dredging, 1967
Box 36 Folder 9
Photographs, 1967
Box 36 Folder 10
Film-related materials, 1969

Expedition CIRCE

Box 36 Folder 11-14
General information and correspondence, 1968-1969
Box 36 Folder 15-16
Itinerary, 1968-1969
Box 36 Folder 17-21
Radio messages, 1968-1969
Box 36 Folder 22
Log, 1968-1969
Box 36 Folder 23
Personnel, 1968-1969
Box 36 Folder 24-28
Rock samples, notes and calculations, ca. 1968
Box 36 Folder 29-31
Dredging, 1968-1969
Box 36 Folder 32
Air gun profiles, 1968
Box 37 Folder 1
Reunion field notes, 1968
Box 37 Folder 2-5
Film, 1969-1970
Box 37 Folder 6
Publicity, 1968-1969
Box 37 Folder 7
Igneous Rocks Dredged from the Mid-Indian Ocean Ridge, 1968

Quebrada Expedition

Box 37 Folder 8
General information and correspondence, 1969
Box 37 Folder 9
Radio messages, 1969
Box 37 Folder 10-11
Dredging, 1969

Seven-Tow Expedition

Box 37 Folder 12-13
General information and correspondence, 1970
Box 37 Folder 14
Radio messages, 1970
Box 37 Folder 15-16
Dredging, 1970

Antipode Expedition

Box 37 Folder 17-22
General information and correspondence, 1970-1974
Box 37 Folder 23-30
Radio messages, 1970-1973
Box 37 Folder 31
Itinerary, 1970-1971
Box 37 Folder 32
Dredging, 1971-1973
Box 38 Folder 1
Ship log, 1970
Box 38 Folder 2
Budget and funding, 1970-1972
Box 38 Folder 3
Personnel lists, 1970-1971
Box 38 Folder 4
Press releases and news, 1970-1972
Box 38 Folder 5
Final Technical Report, 1972
Box 38 Folder 6
Photographs, 1970
Box 38 Folder 7-8
Film, 1971-1973

INDOMED Expedition, 1978

Box 38 Folder 9-11
General information and correspondence, 1977-1980
Box 38 Folder 12
Radio messages, 1978
Box 38 Folder 13
Budget and funding, 1977-1978
Box 38 Folder 14-16
Samples and graphs, Leg 8, 1978
Box 38 Folder 17
Photographs, 1978

PROTEA Expedition, 1983-1984

Box 38 Folder 18-20
General information and correspondence, 1983-1984
Box 38 Folder 21
Correspondence, post-cruise, 1984-1990
Box 38 Folder 22
Reports and data requests, 1984-1986
Box 38 Folder 23
Radio messages, 1983-1984
Box 38 Folder 24-25
Dredge hauls, 1984
Box 38 Folder 26
Program data reduction, 1984
Box 38 Folder 27
Personnel lists, 1984
Box 38 Folder 28
Cape Town reception, 1984 February
Box 38 Folder 29
Proteaceae, 1984
Box 38 Folder 30
Shipboard Description and Inventory of Rocks Dredged on PROTEA Expedition, Leg 5, in Southwest Indian Ocean, 1985

DEEP SEA DRILLING PROJECT (DSDP)

Scope and Contents

Series 9) DSDP: Correspondence, operational files and research data from the Deep Sea Drilling Project in the early 1970s. Arranged chronologically in subject files.

Box 39 Folder 1
Prospectus, 1972
Box 39 Folder 2
Correspondence, 1972
Box 39 Folder 3
Bunce, Elizabeth T. (WHOI), 1973-1975
Box 39 Folder 4-5
Dmitriev, Leonid V. (Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry), 1972-1974
Box 39 Folder 6
Personnel, 1971-1972
Box 39 Folder 7
Publicity and press releases, 1972
Box 39 Folder 8-9
Site surveys, 1972-1974
Box 39 Folder 10-11
Indian Ocean Panel, 1968-1973
Box 39 Folder 12
Scientific Advisory Committee, 1971-1972
Box 39 Folder 13-14
Shipboard handbook, 1972
Box 39 Folder 15
Coring summaries, 1972-1973
Box 39 Folder 16
Air gun profiles, 1971
Box 39 Folder 17-22
Air gun profiles, undated
Box 39 Folder 23-25
Leg 24 "hard rocks", 1972
Box 40 Folder 1-2
Mineralogy data, 1972-1974
Box 40 Folder 3
Magnetic readings, DSDP Geophysical Log, 1972
Box 40 Folder 4-5
Rock analyses, 1974
Box 40 Folder 6
Leg 24 Summary Report, 1972
Box 40 Folder 7
Writings, 1972-1974
Box 40 Folder 8
Introductory chapter for initial report, 1973
Box 40 Folder 9
Photographs, 1972

TEACHING

Scope and Contents

Series 10) TEACHING: Instructional material from courses taught by Fisher. Arranged chronologically.

Box 40 Folder 10
Oceanography 221 - Problems in Submarine Geology, 1956
Box 40 Folder 11
Oceanography 254 - Problems in Marine Geology, 1959
Box 40 Folder 12-13
Oceanographic Training Course, UNESCO-CSIR, 1966 January 20-March 7
Box 40 Folder 14
Exam notes, ca. 1948-1952

TALKS & APPEARANCES

Scope and Contents

Series 11) TALKS & APPEARANCES: Correspondence, drafts and transcripts from Fisher's various talks and appearances. Arranged by event.

Box 40 Folder 15-23
Miscellaneous, 1957-1965, ca. 1980-1989

Arranged chronologically.

Box 40 Folder 24
"Bamboo Curtain" television show, 1959
Box 40 Folder 25
Topographic Heat Flow Studies in Seven Micronesian and Melanesian Trenches - AGU meeting, 1967
Box 40 Folder 26
Seafloor Topography in Turbulent Times: Initiation and Oversight - First International Conference on Maritime Terminology, 1988 May 15
Box 40 Folder 27
Student groups, 1965-1976

WRITINGS & PUBLICATIONS

Scope and Contents

Series 12) WRITINGS & PUBLICATIONS: Fisher's original papers, publications and reports, as well as notes and manuscript reviews.

Papers

Box 40 Folder 28-29
Miscellaneous manuscript reviews, 1969-1986
Box 40 Folder 30
Sieve Analysis of Samples from a Cuspate Foreland, 1950
Box 40 Folder 31
Poole, D.M., R.L. Fisher and W.S. Butcher. "The Use and Accuracy of the Emery Settling Tube for Sand Analysis", 1951
Box 40 Folder 32
Fisher, Robert L. and Roger Revelle. "A Deep Sounding from the Southern Hemisphere", 1954
Box 41 Folder 1-3
On the Sounding of Trenches, 1954
Box 41 Folder 4
Raitt, Russel W., Robert L. Fisher and Ronald G. Wason. "The Tonga Trench", 1954
Box 41 Folder 5
Morimoto, Ryohei, Robert L. Fisher and Noriyuki Nasu. "Bathymetry and Petrography of the Bayonnaise Rocks, Japan", 1955
Box 41 Folder 6
Cuspate Spits of St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, 1955
Box 41 Folder 7
Fisher, Robert L. and Roger Revelle. "The Giant Furrows of the Pacific", 1955
Box 41 Folder 8
Kuna, Hisashi, Robert L. Fisher and Noriyuki Nasu. "Rock Fragments and Pebbles Dredged Near Jimmu Seamount Northwestern Pacific", 1955
Box 41 Folder 9
Rock Fragments and Pebbles Dredged in the Northwestern Pacific, 1955
Box 41 Folder 10
Fisher, Robert L. and Roger Revelle. "The Trenches of the Pacific", 1955
Box 41 Folder 11
Fisher, Robert L. and George G. Shor, Jr. "Topography and Structure of the Middle America Trench", 1956
Box 41 Folder 12
Carsola, A.J. and Robert L. Fisher. "Deep-Sea Bathymetry North of Point Baron", ca. 1957
Box 41 Folder 13
Menard, Henry W. and Robert L. Fisher. "Clipperton Fracture Zone in the North East Equatorial Pacific", 1958
Box 41 Folder 14
Fisher, R.L., A.J. Carsola and G. Shumway. "Deep-Sea Bathymetry North of Point Barrow", 1958
Box 41 Folder 15-19
Fisher, Robert L. and H.H. Hess. "Trenches," The Sea: Vol. III, 1959-1962
Box 41 Folder 20
Fisher, Robert L. and Robert M. Norris. "Bathymetry and Geology of Sala y Gomez, Southeast Pacific", 1960
Box 41 Folder 21-23
Shor, George G. and Robert L. Fisher. "The Middle America Trench: Seismic Refraction Studies", 1960
Box 41 Folder 24
Monsoon Expedition, 1960
Box 41 Folder 25
Carsola, A.J., R.L. Fisher, C.J. Shipek and George Shumway. "Bathymetry of the Beaufort Sea", 1961
Box 41 Folder 26-27
Middle America Trench: Topography and Structure, 1961
Box 41 Folder 28
Pacific Ocean - McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, 1962
Box 41 Folder 29
Submarine Geology of the Pacific - Yearbook of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 1962
Box 41 Folder 30
Fisher, Robert L. and Russell W. Raitt. "Topography and Structure of the Peru-Chile Trench," Deep-Sea Research, 1962
Box 41 Folder 31-35
Fisher, Robert L. and Francis P. Shepard. "Bathymetry and Faults of the Gulf of California", 1963
Box 41 Folder 36
Bathymetry and Geology of St. Paul Island, Southern Indian Ocean, ca. 1963
Box 41 Folder 37
Helfer, M.D., Michele Caputo and R.L. Fisher. "Gravity Measurements in the Indonesian Archipelago, Jan. 1963 - Feb. 1963", 1963
Box 41 Folder 38
Rusnak, Gene A., Robert L. Fisher and Francis P. Shepard. "Bathymetry and Faults of Gulf of California", 1964
Box 42 Folder 1
Fisher, Rusnak and Shepard. "Marine Geology of Gulf of California", 1964
Box 42 Folder 2
Rusnak, Gene A. and Robert L. Fisher. "Structural History and Evolution of the Gulf of California", 1964