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Name of Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Marine Science Center.
Title:Marine Science Center records
Date:1946-2006 (bulk 1966-1993)
Reference Code:A123
Location Code:36/2
Extent:5 boxes (4.35 cubic feet)
Scope and Content Abstract:The bulk of the collection consists of research conducted at MSC, specifically research done by Charles Ellis, Joseph L. Ayers, Nathan Riser and Kenneth Sebens. These include grant applications, research data, and resulting papers on topics such as sea lamprey and regeneration, rocky subtidal zones, nemertea, and marine ecology. The Subject Files in Series II contain research, papers, and correspondence related to specific invertebrate and other marine science topics. The Administrative Files include material documenting student records, the Mysis research vessel, MSC's attempts at expansion, annual reviews, and correspondence with Northeastern administrators in Boston. There is also material documenting Professor Riser's personal and professional correspondence with marine biologists and museums all over the world.
Historical Abstract:In 1967, the Marine Science Center, then the Marine Science Institute, was founded in order to provide space for master and doctoral level students and visiting scientists to conduct research in ocean chemistry, water quality, and pollution. The Marine Science Center (MSC), located in Nahant, opened on October 29, 1969 as the David F. and Edna F. Edwards Marine Science Laboratory. Renamed in 1982 as the Marine Science and Maritime Studies Center, MSC refocused on marine ecology, behavior, neurobiology, structural biology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. A key figure for the Marine Science Center was Professor Nathan “Doc” Riser, a nemertea expert, who was the Director from 1967 until his retirement in 1985, though he continued his research at MSC until his passing in 2006. MSC is still widely used by visiting researchers and local institutions, universities, and high school programs.
Language and Scripts:Most of collection is in English, some correspondence in Spanish, French and German
System of Arrangement:This collection is organized into two series: Series I. Administrative Files; and Series II. Academic Research.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Ayers, Joseph
  • Ellis, Charles H.
  • Morse, Patricia
  • Riser, Nathan
  • Sebens, Kenneth
  • Ayers, Joseph
  • Ellis, Charles H.
  • Morse, Patricia
  • Riser, Nathan
  • Sebens, Kenneth

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.).
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Arts and Sciences
  • Northeastern University (Nahant, Mass.).
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Marine Science Center
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Department of Biology
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Marine Science Center

  • Nemertea
  • Marine science
  • Marine ecology
  • Invertebrates

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Personnel and student records are closed for 75 years from their date of creation.
Accruals:Further accruals are expected
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
Related Archival Materials:

For photos of faculty, Nahant, the labs and events, please consult the Northeastern Archives Photograph Collection (A103). For Site Plans and Maps of the Nahant location, please consult Facilities Division Records (A94), FF6/Drawers 5 and 8. For information regarding academic information, expansion plans and programs MSC was involved in, consult Office of the President, Knowles (A03), Boxes 12 and 22; Office of the Provost (A22), Boxes 1, 11, 18, 27, 41 and 69; College of Arts and Sciences (A23), Boxes 9 and 20; Office of the Executive Vice President (A32), Box 1; and Office of the President, Curry (A72), Box 6.

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Martha Pearson, April 1, 2014