Guide to the William G. Pearcy Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Pearcy, William G.
Title: William G. Pearcy Papers
Dates: 1967-2012 ( inclusive )
1995-2003 ( bulk )
Quantity: 0.1 cubic foot, including 1 photograph (1 box)
Collection Number: MSS Pearcy
Summary: The William G. Pearcy Papers document Pearcy's research, honors and awards, and interactions with colleagues and collaborators. William G. Pearcy was a Professor of Oceanography at Oregon State University from 1960 until his retirement in 1990. As a biological oceanographer, Pearcy studied the ocean ecology of Pacific salmon.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials in English. 

Biographical Note

William G. Pearcy joined the faculty of Oregon State University in 1960 as a biological oceanographer in the newly established Oceanography Department. Pearcy's research on Pacific salmon, deep-sea fish biology, squid, and trace metals in the marine food chain resulted in more than 150 scientific papers and the 1992 book, Ocean Ecology of North Pacific Salmonids. Of special note is Pearcy's research on the causes of declining salmon stock. Pearcy retired from Oregon State University in 1990, but maintained an active research program through the 1990s. He received the Oscar Elton Sette Award in 1995 and the Pacific Marine Sciences Organization Wooster Award in 2003. Pearcy earned his BS and MS degrees at Iowa State University and his Ph.D. at Yale University. Bill Pearcy participated in some of the first submersible dives off the Pacific Northwest coast.

Content Description

The William G. Pearcy Papers consists of a selection of correspondence assembled by Pearcy documenting his research, honors and awards, and interactions with colleagues and collaborators around the world. The correspondence includes manuscript and proposal reviews, letters of recommendation for former students and colleagues, and materials pertaining to the Oregon Coastal Salmon Restoration Initiative (also known as the Oregon Plan).

The collection also includes a photograph of Pearcy with a submersible used for oceanographic research and a certificate documenting his May 28, 1967 dive to 2046 feet in the Deepstar 4000 deep submersion vehicle.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

William G. Pearcy Papers (MSS Pearcy), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The materials were transferred from the Hatfield Marine Science Center to the Special Collections & Archives Research Center in 2012.

Related Materials :  

Film footage of Pearcy participating in research voyages off the Oregon coast in the early 1960s is available in the Charles Osterberg Motion Picture Films (FV P 284). The College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Records (RG 173), Photographs (P 203), and Motion Picture Films and Videotapes (FV P 203) provide extensive documentation of oceanographic research at Oregon State University.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State University. College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Oceanography--Research--Oregon.
  • Oceanography--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon.
  • Salmon--Government policy--Oregon.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
    • Other Creators :
    • Oregon State University. College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.

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