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Sewell Hopkins Papers, 1881-1984

Sewell Hopkins Papers, 1881-1984
Mss. 85 Se8
33.0 Boxes
Scope and Contents
Dates; 1881-1984; personal and professional papers of Sewell Hepburn Hopkins (1906-1984), a marine biologist and Professor of Biology at Texas A & M University (1935-1972), best known for his research into the effects of oil spills on marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. His papers document his professional career, but focus on Research Project 9 (1947-1950), headed by Hopkins and sponsored by the Texas A & M University Research Foundation, regarding abnormally high mortality rates in oyster beds harvested by Louisiana oystermen. One of at least four major research projects initiated as a result of lawsuits filed in 1946 by Louisiana oystermen against major oil companies active in offshore drilling in the Gulf Mexico, Project 9 resulted in the identification and published description (1950) of a newly discovered parasite called <i>Dermocystidium marinum</i>. The lawsuits against the oil companies were subsequently dropped or settled out of court.
Other URL
Hopkins, Sewell Hepburn (1906-1984)
College of William and Mary--Alumni and alumnae
Marine biologists
Oil drilling
Project 9, Gulf of Mexico

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Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
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Acquisition Note
 Source: Nicholas A. Hopkins and Thomas J. Hopkins.
Gifts of 31 Aug. 1985, 15 April 1986, and 20 May 1986.
Related Materials
See also the Sewell H. Hopkins Papers, Oyster Mortality Reports, Texas A&M University; and the Sewell Hopkins Reports, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Preferred Citation
Sewell Hopkins Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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