Sarah Whitton Spiess Papers, 1910-2006
2011-76

Summary Information

Repository
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives
Creator
Spiess, Fred Noel, 1919-2006
Creator
Spiess, Sarah Whitton (Sally), 1923-2002
Title
Sarah Whitton Spiess Papers
ID
2011-76
Date
1910 - 2006
Extent
0.96 Cubic feet : 2 manuscript boxes, 1/2 legal manuscript box, 1 map case folder
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Sarah Whitton Spiess Papers, 1910-2006, collection 2011-76. Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives, UC San Diego Libraries.

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Biographical Note

Sarah (Sally) Whitton Spiess was born July 27, 1923 in Oakland, California. She attended the University of Oregon in Eugene before marrying physical oceanographer Fred Noel Spiess in 1942. The Spiesses had five children and moved to La Jolla in 1952 when Fred Spiess joined the Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps.

Sally became very active in the local community, serving on the La Jolla Town Council, the La Jolla Height Limitation Committee, the Wednesday Club, the La Jolla Civic/University Orchestra and Chorus Association, the Torrey Pines Association, the La Jolla Historical Society, and Citizens Coordinate for Century Three. As San Diego president of SWAP (Small Wilderness Area Preservation) she helped preserve Wilderness Gardens in North County, San Clemente Canyon, and Pottery Canyon in La Jolla.

At Scripps, she was well known as a hostess at MPL events, and for entertaining graduate students, faculty, and visiting academics in her home. In 1962 she christened the research platform FLIP, co-designed by her husband, Fred Spiess. At the request of SIO director William Nierenberg, she chaired the Ladies Committee for the Scientific Committee on Ocean Research (SCOR) General Meeting, held at Scripps in June 1968. In 1969, she selected furnishings for the Martin Johnson House (T-29) with Edith Nierenberg. Sally was a founding member and president of Oceanids, the UCSD women’s service organization, and was recognized as “Oceanid of the Year” in 1994.

Sally and Fred Spiess were also instrumental in saving the George H. Scripps Memorial Marine Biological Laboratory at SIO. The “Old Scripps Building,” designed by architect Irving Gill in 1910 and the oldest permanent oceanographic building in the US, was slated for demolition in the 1970s. Sally found the original plans for the building at UC Santa Barbara, filed documentation to get it designated a National Historic Landmark, kept track of the fundraising and budget, and organized volunteer work parties to restore the building to its 1910 condition. Sally Spiess passed away on September 29, 2002.

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Scope and Contents

The Sarah Whitton Spiess Papers contain correspondence, notes, photographs, and newsclippings collected by Sally Spiess as part of her involvement with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego. Her papers document the history, people, buildings, events, and organizations at SIO, including the Birch Aquarium, Oceanids, Old Scripps Building, Martin Johnson House, and the Marine Physical Laboratory. Two folders of Fred Noel Spiess correspondence are included in the collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives

University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0219
La Jolla, California, 92093-0219

Provenance

The Sarah Whitton Spiess Papers were received from Helen Spiess Shamble on 20 June 2011.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

The following collections in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives are related to the Sarah Whitton Spiess Papers, 1910-2006, collection 2011-76:

Helen Hill Raitt Papers, 1850-1985, collection 92-27

Ellen Virginia Clark Revelle Oral History Interview, 1998, collection 98-07

Fred Noel Spiess Papers, 1967-1992, collection 97-19

Fred Noel Spiess Papers, 1957-1997, collection 2000-15

Fred Noel Spiess Papers, 1954-1995, collection 2006-02

Fred Noel Spiess Papers, 1890-2002, collection 2006-49

Fred Noel Spiess Papers, 1964-2006, collection 2007-17

Fred Noel Spiess Papers, 1945-2009, collection 2009-22

UCSD Oceanids. Bear Facts, 1962-2007, collection 2011-42

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • La Jolla Civic-University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Association.
  • Scientific Committee on Ocean Research (SCOR).

Personal Name(s)

  • Raitt, Helen Hill, 1905-1976
  • Revelle, Ellen Virginia Clark, 1910-2009
  • Revelle, Roger Randall Dougan, 1909-1991
  • Ritter, Mary Elizabeth Bennett, 1860-1949
  • Shor, Elizabeth Noble (Betty)
  • Spiess, Fred Noel, 1919-2006
  • Spiess, Sarah Whitton (Sally), 1923-2002
  • Urey, Frieda Daum, 1898-1992

Subject(s)

  • La Jolla (San Diego, Calif.)--History
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography--History
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Marine Physical Laboratory
  • University of California, San Diego--History.
  • University of California, San Diego. Oceanids

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Collection Inventory

People 

Day, Deborah, 1968-1999 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 1

Hollingsworth, Dorothy and William, 1997 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 2

Raitt, Helen 

Helen Raitt Room Invitation Lists, 1977-2001 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Helen Raitt Room #1, 1976 - 1981 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

A Guide to the Helen Hill Raitt Papers, 1993 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 5

"Give Us Room" Radio Transcripts, 1961-1962 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 6

Raitt Papers, 1969-1995 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Revelle, Ellen 

1917-1990 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 17

1987-1999 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 8

Ritter, Dr. Mary, 1910-1998 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Shor, Elizabeth, 1978-1991 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 10

Spiess, Fred 

Biographical, 1980-2006 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 11

Correspondence 

1936-2006 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 12

Pending, 1967-1999 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 13

Photographs, Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL), 1964-1985 


    Oversize
Mixed materials   1
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Urey, Frieda, 90th 2/20/88 SWS (Sarah Whitton Spiess) Remarks, 1984-1992 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 15

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Gatherings 

Farewell to Revelle, 1964 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 16

FLIP (Musical), 1960 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, February 1988 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 18

La Jolla Social Scene/Foreign Students Will Be Honored, 18 May 1955 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 18

La Jollywood 

Photographs, 1986-1991 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Notes and Songs, 1921-1991 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 2

La Jollywood, SWS (Sarah Whitton Spiess), 1985-1991 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) Christmas Party, 1979 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 4

Retirement Party, 1991 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 5

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Organizations 

La Jolla Civic-University Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Association 

A History of the La Jolla Civic-University Orchestra and Chorus Association by Clifford L. Graves, n.d. 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 6

1983-1984 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 7

1984 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 8
    Oversize
Mixed materials   2

1985 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 9

1986 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 10

Oceanids 

1954 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 19

1954-1992 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 11

1963-1996 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 12

1984-1987 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 13

1995 


    Oversize
Mixed materials   3
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 20

History, etc. SWS (Sarah Whitton Spiess), 1956-1986 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 14
    Oversize
Mixed materials   4

History, 1983-1992 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 15

Scientific Committee on Ocean Research (SCOR) 

1967-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 16

1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 1

Scripps Institution of Oceanography 

Birch Aquarium 

Aquarium, 1985-1987 


    Oversize
Mixed materials   5
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 2

New SIO Aquarium, 1991-1993 


    Oversize
Mixed materials   6
    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 3

George H. Scripps Memorial Marine Biological Laboratory (Old Scripps Building), 1915-1987 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 4

Hydraulics Laboratory, 1964 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 5

La Jolla Farms Purchase, 1967 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 6
    Oversize
Mixed materials   7

Martin Johnson House (T-29), 1969-1997 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 7

Newsclippings 

1973-1988 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 8

Oversize

1977 

8

SIO 75th Anniversary 

1962-1978 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 9

Oversize

1975-1978 

9

SIO 100th Anniversary (2003) Planning, 1997 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 10

SIO Symposium 

1967-1968 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 11

1987 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 12

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) 

Muir College, 1984 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 13

Eleanor Roosevelt College 

Naming and Dedication, Clippings, Letters, Accident Report. Sally Spiess. 1960, 1993-1995 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 14

Clippings, 1994-1995 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 15
    Oversize
Mixed materials   10

Wednesday Club Talk - February 1995, Eleanor Roosevelt 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   3 16

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