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A Finding Aid to the Edward D. Mitchell Offprints and Reprints, 1963-1982

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard Museum, Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
Call NumberRU 455
Creator Mitchell, Edward D.
TitleEdward D. Mitchell offprints and reprints
Extent1 box (0.504 cubic feet)
LanguageLanguage(s):The materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection contains offprints and reprints created by research scientist, Edward D. Mitchell, dated 1963-1982, regarding whales and marine mammals.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to museum staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 455, Edward D. Mitchell Offprints and Reprints.

Acquisition Information

Four reprints gift of Edward Mitchell in 1974. (Accession no. 1974.013). The immediate source of acquisition and date of accession are unknown for the remainder of the materials, however at least a third are stamped "with the author's compliments," or contain notes to that effect. It is likely that all of the offprints and reprints were received directly from Edward D. Mitchell.

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Insley Julier, September 2013. Machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick April 2014.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Index Terms


  • Offprints
  • Reprints

Geographic Name(s)

  • Arctic regions
  • North Pacific Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
  • San Clemente Island (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Reeves, Randall R.


  • Arctic Biological Station
  • International Whaling Commission
  • Cetacea
  • Desmostylia
  • Ecology
  • Fisheries
  • Mammal populations
  • Marine biology
  • Marine mammal remains (Archaeology)
  • Marine mammals
  • Natural history
  • Paleontology
  • Vertebrates, Fossil
  • Whales
  • Whaling
  • Wildlife conservation

Biography/Historical Note

Edward D. Mitchell, Jr. is a vertebrate paleontologist, research scientist and conservationist interested in the fossil evidence, ecology and population of whale species and other marine mammals. Mitchell was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Ph. D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Early in his career Mitchell focused on vertebrate paleontology and he was responsible for collecting a number of marine mammal specimens for the Los Angeles County Museum in the early 1960s. In 1966, Edward Mitchell left the museum to work for the Canadian government. He was employed as a research scientist for the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, Arctic Biological Station in Sainte Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada. Mitchell's position at the Arctic Biological Station led to his involvement with the International Whaling Commission, a group of 200 leading cetacean scientists from around the world, charged with managing the global whaling industry and the conservation of whales. Edward D. Mitchell served on the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission as a Canadian representative from 1971 until 1982 and as an invited participant in 1983, contributing to a number of the commission's reports between 1973 and 1981. By 1999, Mitchell had returned to the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Los Angeles, California, where he remained until around 2009. Throughout his career, Edward D. Mitchell has contributed to an array of scientific periodicals and popular magazines on a wide range of topics including, natural history, zoology, classification, paleontology, marine biology, fisheries, morphology, whaling, marine mammals, ecology and conservation.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains offprints and reprints created by Edward D. Mitchell, dated 1963-1982, regarding whales and marine mammals, with particular focus on the geographic areas of California, the Pacific Ocean, the North Pacific Ocean and the Arctic regions. Several of the articles have other authors, including a number co-authored by Randall R. Reeves of the Arctic Biological Station.


The collection is arranged chronologically and therein alphabetically.

Collection Contents


"Brachydont desmostylian from Miocene of San Clemente Island, California," Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, 1963 October-December 


"Chronologic and Geographic Range of Desmostylians," Contributions in Science, 1963 


"Evidence for Mass Strandings of the False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens) in the Eastern North Pacific Ocean," Norsk Hvalfangst-Tidende, 1965 


"Fossil Collecting on San Clemente Island," Pacific Discovery, 1965 


"Faunal Succession of Extinct North Pacific Marine Mammals," Norsk Hvalfangst-Tidende, 1966 


"Miocene Pinniped Allodesmus," University of California Publications in Geological Sciences, 1966 


"Northeastern Pacific Pleistocene Sea Otters," Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, 1966 


"Controversy Over Diphyly in Pinnipeds," Systematic Zoology, 1967 


"Cuvier's Beaked Whale (Ziphius cavirostris) Stranded in Northern California," Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, 1967 


"Northeast Pacific Stranding Distribution of Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris," Canadian Journal of Zoology, 1967 


"Mio-Pliocene Pinniped Imagotaria," Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, 1968 


"North Atlantic Whale Research," Fisheries Council of Canada Annual Review, 1968 


"Pleistocene Paleoecology and Biostratigraphy, Santa Barbara Island, California," Journal of Paleontology, 1968 


"Bottle-Nosed Dolphin Tursiops truncatus: Fatty Acid Composition of Milky Triglycerides," Canadian Journal of Biochemistry, 1971 


"Structure and Sensory Apparatus of Oral Remnants of the Nasopalatine Canals of the Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus L.)," Journal of Morphology, 1971 


"Ultrasonic Sounds Recorded in the Presence of a Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus," Deep-Sea Research, 1971 


"Draft Report on Humpback Whales Taken Under Special Scientific Permit by Eastern Canadian Land Stations, 1969-1971," International Commission on Whaling Report , 1973 


"Short Pulse Length Audio Frequency Sounds Recorded in the Presence of a Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)," Deep-Sea Research, 1973 


"Status of the World's Whales," Nature Canada, 1973 


"Sperm Whale Maximum Length Limit: Proposed Protection of 'Harem Masters'," Report International Whaling Commission, 1977 


"Cetacea," Evolution of African Mammals, 1978 


"Sperm Whale Regional Closed Seasons: Proposed Protection During Mating and Calving," Report International Whaling Commission, 1978 


"Origins of Eastern North Pacific Sea Mammal Fauna," Whalewatcher: Journal of the American Cetacean Society, 1979 


"Alaska Bowhead Problem: A Commentary," Arctic, 1980 December 


"Age of Reputedly Old Killer Whale, Orcinus orca, 'Old Tom' from Eden, Twofold Bay, Australia," Report International Whaling Commission, 1980 


"Whale Behind the Tusk," Natural History, 1981 August 


"Catch History and Cumulative Catch Estimates of Initial Population Size of Cetaceans in the Eastern Canadian Arctic," Report International Whaling Commission, 1981 


"Estimated Initial Population Size of the Bering Sea Stock of Bowhead Whale, Balaena mysticetus: An Iterative Method," Fishery Bulletin, 1981 


"White Whale Hunting in Cumberland Sound," The Beaver: Magazine of the North, 1981 


"Factors Affecting Abundance of Bowhead Whales Balaena mysticetus in the Eastern Arctic of North America, 1915-1980," Biological Conservation, 1982 


"How Many Humpbacks - Then and Now?," Log of Mystic Seaport, 1982