Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
Collection title: University of Maine Marine Laboratory at Lamoine Records
Collection number: MS 567
Dates of collection: 1931-1950
Size of collection: 1 record carton
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.
In 1931, the University of Maine established a marine laboratory at Lamoine, Maine, on the site of a former naval coaling station. The laboratory operated during the summer months and was designed especially to meet the needs of undergraduate students studying marine invertebrate zoology. The facility, located on 55 acres of property, included a laboratory building and residence buildings for staff and students as well as a motor boat and row boats for student use. The laboratory was headed by Joseph M. Murray, a professor of zoology at the university.
The laboratory operated until 1941. During World War II it was maintained in caretaker status; correspondence in the collection indicates that it was hoped it would open again after the war. However in 1949 the land was transferred to the Maine State Park Commission and is now operated as Lamoine State Park.
Scope and Content Note
The collection contains administrative records of the laboratory including correspondence, brochures, budget documents, publicity information and laboratory purchase orders. Much of the correspondence is that of Joseph M. Murray, director of the facility.
1-7 Correspondence, 1931-1938; 1941, 1944-1945
8 Correspondence, 1940: Dean Edward J. Allen
9 Correspondence, 1938-1950: Arthur C. Ashmore
10 Correspondence, 1939, 1941: Pres. Arthur A. Hauck
11 Correspondence, 1940: Joseph Murray re boats
12 Correspondence, 1938-1941: Arthur B. Otis
13 Correspondence, 1936-1941: William Procter
14 Correspondence, 1938-1941: Edward G. Reinhard
15 Correspondence, 1937, 1940: Arthur C. Weed, Field Museum of Natural History
16-18 Correspondence, 1937-1941; 1940-1949; 1942-1944: Administration
19 Correspondence, 1948: Building and grounds
20-24 Correspondence, 1938-1944: Ward’s Natural Science Establishment
25-27 Applications, 1937-1941
28 Applications for positions at Lamoine, 1941
29 Brochures, 1936-1941; Murray Hall, undated
30 Budget allotment and expenditures
31 Clippings and brochure
32 Exhibits, 1937-1941
34 Marine animals lists/Zoology Dept. pamphlets
35 Publicity, 1937-1940
36-40 Purchase orders, 1931-1950
41 Song sheet: The sad fate of a youthful sponge
42 Stationery, blank
43 Summer school, 1933
44 University Store Company: orders, lists, 1939, undated
45 Ward’s mailing list
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