Guide to the Donald P. Abbott papers

Jenny Johnson
Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
March 2012
Copyright © 2015 The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.


Call Number: SC1096
Creator: Abbott, Donald Putnam, 1920-1986
Title: Donald P. Abbott papers
Dates: circa 1955-1982
Physical Description: 3.25 Linear feet
Summary: The papers consist primarily of notes and photographs created by Abbott for use in the classroom.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Phone: (650) 725-1022

Administrative Information


This collection was an administrative transfer from Hopkins Marine Station, 2012.

Information about Access

Files in series 3 are restricted until January 1, 2050. Otherwise, the materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See:
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

[identification of item], Donald P. Abbott papers (SC1096). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical note

Donald Putnam Abbott was born in 1920, and raised in Chicago. After Don graduated from University High School, he headed west to Hawaii where he attended the University of Hawaii, earbubg a degree in Zoology in 1941. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army, serving in the Chemical Warfare Service through the war. When the war was over, he earned a PhD in Zoology from Berkeley in 1950. After 1950 he spent his entire career at the Hopkins Marine Station (with excursions to the Pacific and Indian Oceans). He retired in 1982, going back to Hawaii.
Don Abbott's courses at the Hopkins Marine Station were alway very popular, and the classroom was always full of students. For ten years Abbott also offered a field course on the invertebrates on campus. He received the Dean's Award for teaching in 1978 and that at the 1982 Commencement, he received the Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Education. A considerable part of Don's research was done at sea, or on tropical islands. Abbott's teaching extended to "Stanford at Sea", established in 1963 by the gift of Harold Miller's yacht, Te Vega, which was refitted as a marine biology facility and operated by Hopkins Marine Station from 1963 to 1970. Don was on many of these cruises: to the Indian Ocean (Mombasa to Singapore in 1964), to Hawaii in 1967, the Eastern Pacific in 1968, and on Proteus to British Columbia in 1970.
Abbott died in 1986.

Scope and Contents

The papers consist primarily of notes created by Don Abbott for use in class lectures, talks, and seminars. Also included are photographs of Abbott's blackboard illustrations used in the classroom, and other course-related material. Papers related to student grades and identification numbers are restricted.

Access Terms

Hopkins Marine Station--Curricula.
Hopkins Marine Station--Faculty.
Hopkins Marine Station
Marine biology--Research
Marine invertebrates.

Collection Contents


Series 1 Teaching/Lecture Notes

Box 1, Folder 1

Superphyla Pseudocoelomata

Box 1, Folder 2

Priapulids, Kinorhyncha, Tardigrada

Box 1, Folder 3


Box 1, Folder 4

Phylogeny of Lower Metazoa

Box 1, Folder 5


Box 1, Folder 6

Trematoda, Cestoda

Box 1, Folder 7

Nemertea, Entoprocta

Box 1, Folder 8

Origin of the Metazoa

Box 1, Folder 9

Kingdom of Organisms

Box 1, Folder 9

Mesozoa, Placozoa

Box 1, Folder 11


Box 1, Folder 12

Coelenterata general; Hydroida-Lec & Lab

Box 1, Folder 13

Scyphozoa and Ctenophora

Box 1, Folder 14


Box 1, Folder 15

Evolution of Coelent., esp. Hydrozoa

Box 1, Folder 16


Box 1, Folder 17

Outline of classification 111-112h

Box 1, Folder 18

Older version of talk and paper

Box 1, Folder 19

Phylogeny of the Mollusca

Box 1, Folder 20

General and introdution (slides)

Box 1, Folder 21


Box 1, Folder 22


Box 1, Folder 23

Radula and gut

Box 1, Folder 24


Box 1, Folder 25

D.V. and Shell Muscles

Box 1, Folder 26

Neoplina anat

Box 1, Folder 27

Circ system

Box 1, Folder 28

Shell and integument

Box 1, Folder 29


Box 1, Folder 30

Future leads

Box 1, Folder 31


Box 1, Folder 32

Extra pix (not used at UBC)

Box 1, Folder 33

[Planktoshpaera?}] with Mike Hadfield

Box 1, Folder 34


Box 1, Folder 35

Origin of Molluscan Characters

Box 1, Folder 36

Crabs walking on water

Box 1, Folder 37

Biology 112h 1976

Box 1, Folder 38

112h - Phylogeny I

Box 1, Folder 39


Box 1, Folder 40


Box 1, Folder 41

Other annelid groups

Box 1, Folder 42

Mollusca-general; Gastropods-I; Protostomes-general

Box 1, Folder 43


Box 1, Folder 44


Box 1, Folder 45


Box 1, Folder 46


Box 1, Folder 47


Box 1, Folder 48


Box 1, Folder 49


Box 1, Folder 50

Arthropoda-general; Crustacea-general

Box 1, Folder 51

Crustacea-Diagrams lecture

Box 1, Folder 52

Copepoda; Ostracoda

Box 1, Folder 53


Box 1, Folder 54

Crustacea III

Box 1, Folder 55

Euphausiids & Decapods I; Crustacea IV

Box 1, Folder 56

Crustacea V

Box 1, Folder 57

Annelida I

Box 2, Folder 1

Arthropods other than crustacea

Box 2, Folder 2

Annelids and lab sketches

Box 2, Folder 3


Box 2, Folder 4

Ascidia Ceratodes

Box 2, Folder 5


Box 2, Folder 6

Origin of the Chordates

Box 2, Folder 7


Box 2, Folder 8

Origin of vertebrates seminars-slides

Box 2, Folder 9

Origin Chrodates-talks

Box 2, Folder 10

Origin Chordates

Box 2, Folder 11

Phylogeny: E-C complex-evidence, evolution

Box 2, Folder 12


Box 2, Folder 13


Box 2, Folder 14

Tunicates-DPA sketches

Box 2, Folder 15

Tunicates and other Chordata

Box 2, Folder 16

Larval ecology-direct development

Box 2, Folder 17

Echinoderm Embryol.

Box 2, Folder 18


Box 2, Folder 19


Box 2, Folder 20


Box 2, Folder 21

Ophiuroids, evolution of Asterozoa

Box 2, Folder 22


Box 2, Folder 23


Box 2, Folder 24


Box 2, Folder 25


Box 2, Folder 26

Ecoelomate superphyla phoronida

Box 2, Folder 27


Box 2, Folder 28

Marine invertebrates (biology 11h-112h) 1981

Box 2, Folder 29



Series 2 Photographs

Box 2, Folder 30

Lecture blackboards

Box 2, Folder 31


Box 2, Folder 32

Phylogeny-Lower Metazoa

Box 2, Folder 33

Coral Reefs-Madreporaria

Box 2, Folder 34

Tunicata Cephalochordata

Box 2, Folder 35

Chondrophora; Siphonophora; Evolution Coelenterata

Box 2, Folder 36


Box 2, Folder 37

Biology 111h


Series 3 Restricted Files