Welcome to the History of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) website.  With this project, we seek to document the wonderfully rich history of the MBL and its contribution to the history of science.

Archival objects on this site, such as photographs, newsletters, reports, and videos, help to tell a fascinating story about the MBL's historical role in scientific discovery. You can view individual archival items in Access the archives, using browse and search functions. You can also gain more in-depth knowledge about selected topics in the Explore section through videos and online exhibits curated by historians. The MBL Datasets provide data about everybody who has been at the MBL in courses, as registered investigators, and in other roles.  Please let us know of any errors or suggestions using the contact form.

The collection is growing, and we invite you to join us in helping to demonstrate the rich history of the MBL. In the Build the archives section, learn about how your stories and objects documenting your participation in the MBL community can help to create a fuller picture of MBL's history.

You can also interact with us using social media. Follow the project with our RSS feeds to receive news about people who contribute to the project, improvements to the project, and new content. If you see an item that you like, please share it using the social media buttons at the bottom of every page.

The leadership team for the project includes:

  • Jane Maienschein, Project Director, ASU
  • Jen Walton, MBL Archivist and Library Director, MBL
  • Matthew Person, MBLWHOI Library
  • John Furfey, MBLWHOI Library
  • Challie Facemire, Editor, ASU

The MBL History Project is supported by:

This website draws on the content in the HPS Repository, which contains thousands of archival objects that have been preserved using established protocols and metadata standards.  These include photographs and videos, stories from MBL participants, research results, and MBL governance records, along with a variety of exhibits, stories, and contributed materials.  The HPS Repository is also connected to a Digital HPS Consortium of projects and shared tools.