The MBL Archives’ digital archiving effort began with a collaboration between Arizona State University and the Marine Biological Laboratory, called the MBL History Project. The MBL History Project has received substantial funding from Arizona State University, the National Science Foundation, and also generous funding from the Webster Foundation.

With this project, we seek to document the wonderfully rich history of the MBL and its contribution to the history of science. Most of the digitized objects come from physical objects in the MBL Archives. These include thousands of photographs, manuscript collections, a few videos, newsletters such as the Collecting Net, course materials, and governance documents.

By themselves, these objects provide insight into the fascinating story about the MBL's historical role in scientific discovery, which continues today. Interpretive exhibits help pull together objects related to particular topics and help turn “stuff” into stories to make them more accessible. Videos record reflections by community members on what the MBL has meant to them, and the work and lives they have had at the MBL. A collection of publications related to the MBL adds further perspective and content.

A series of graduate students from Arizona State has built the archives, led by current MBL McDonnell Fellow Kate MacCord.

The leadership team for the project includes:

Jen Walton, MBL Archivist and Library Director, MBL

Jane Maienschein, Project Historian, ASU

Matthew Person, MBLWHOI Library

John Furfey, MBLWHOI LIbrary

Challie Facemire, Editor, ASU (2017-2018)


The MBL History Project has been supported by:

   National Science Foundation

    Webster Foundation

  Arizona State University

    Center for Biology and Society

    Marine Biological Laboratory

  MBLWHOI Library

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.



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