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Griffin, Edward
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Aquarium Plans

Sub-series consists of records relating to the proposal and planning of the Seattle Center Marine Park and the selling of the Seattle Marine Aquarium.

Records include correspondence, financial records, architectural drawings, newspaper clippings, design plans and proposals, meeting minutes, and promotional materials. Of particular note is the bill of sale for Seattle Marine Aquarium and Namu Inc. from Ted Griffin to Don Goldsberry.

Griffin, Edward


Series consists of records relating to Ted Griffin's correspondence throughout his years of professional work as Seattle Aquarium's manager and as as an orca capture.

Includes correspondence sent and received by Peter G. Babich, Mark C. Keyes, John D. Hall, Richard W. Johnston, and Merrill P. Spencer.

Series also contains reports by Thomas Charles Poulter and correspondence between Poulter and Keyes, Spencer, Victor B. Scheffer, and James G. Scripps.

Griffin, Edward

Edward Griffin fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1956 - 2006

The fonds documents the career of Edward “Ted” Griffin, covering his work as founder and manager of the Seattle Aquarium, his experience as an orca capturer, and his writing ventures with magazine articles and a full-length book. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, drafts of publications, documents regarding Washington State’s marine mammal legislation, publications written by Griffin or featuring him, financial reports, research notes and reports, and promotional material surrounding Namu. Major topics covered in these papers include the passage of the marine mammal capture ban in Washington in 1971, the capture and ensuing stardom of Namu, Griffin’s book, Namu: Quest for the Killer Whale, aquarium research and planning, and marine mammal research. Forms of materials include correspondence, reports, publications, manuscripts, clippings, and photographs.

Griffin, Edward


Sub-series consists of records relating to Namu the whale. Records include publications on Namu, promotional material, his bill of sale, and the necropsy report.

Griffin, Edward

Other Papers

Series consists of records related to the Washington Marine Mammal Legislation of 1971, newspapers and publications collected by Griffin, and publications about Griffin.

Of particular note is "The Namu" ship logbook from 1968, the extensive collection of newspaper clippings about Namu, drafts of the 1971 Marine Mammal Bill, and correspondence with government representatives and oceanarium clients.

Griffin, Edward

Printed Material

Sub-series consists of records relating to Griffin's collection of newspaper clippings and publications. Includes newspaper clippings collected by Griffin's mother, newspaper clippings about Keiko, publications on baleen whales, and publications by Greenpeace, Pacific Search, and National Marine Fisheries Service.

Griffin, Edward

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