Fonds - Institute of Oceanography fonds

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Institute of Oceanography fonds

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  • 1949-1978 (Creation)
    University of British Columbia. Institute of Oceanography

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10 m of textual records

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The Institute of Oceanography at the University of British Columbia was established within the Faculty of Graduate Studies in 1949. W.M. Cameron, a UBC zoology graduate, became the first active staff member. Initially, the Institute operated under the direction of the President's Committee on Oceanography which was chaired by W.A. Clemens. In 1953, Clemens was appointed as the Institute's first director, and he served in this capacity until 1958 when George L. Pickard succeeded him. In the late 1950s, grants from the National Research Council further facilitated the development of oceanography at UBC. The Institute enjoyed considerable success in interdisciplinary teaching and research at a time when such an approach was viewed with some skepticism on campus. Graduate degrees could be awarded only by the departments whose faculty were also members of the Institute. In April 1979, the Institute was transferred to the Faculty of Science and became the Dept. of Oceanography.

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The fonds consists of miscellaneous files from George Pickard's office (1949-1974), including records from the Canadian Committee on Oceanography (1960-1972). The bulk of the records are composed of departmental files including correspondence, grant material, and financial records. There is also a comprehensive set of oceanographic log sheets containing data collected between 1951 and 1978.

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-810

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