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This site is a portal to the records of the Bass Biological Laboratory of Englewood, Florida, during the 1930s and early 1940s. The Bass Laboratory was Florida's first independent, non-profit, full-time, coeducational marine and biological research laboratory. The Lab maintained a profit-making subsidiary, Zoological Research Supply.

Note on Funding

The Bass Biological Laboratory 2009-2010 digitization project was funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State, State Library and Archives of Florida. Since late 2009, the library staff has been conducting a basic processing and digitization project of pertinent Mote Technical Reports, 1930s-40s gray literature from the Bass Biological Laboratory (BBL) of Englewood, Florida, and various other SW Florida environment-related collections dating to the early 1920s. The process involves the rescue and preservation of unpublished documents and data from various entities, conversion to electronic format and e-publication of some of the key materials in the Library's open-access repository, DSpace. Initial digitization was funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services. In 2011, materials processing was supported by the Mote Scientific Foundation. This project was then expanded and continued in 2013, thanks to funds from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

The original data rescue and archaeology project has been supported by the John Bass IV Family, Lemon Bay League, Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, Florida House Foundation, Bonnell Cove Foundation, Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club, Save Anna Maria, Inc., and the Englewood Community Redevelopment Area Office.

Records of the Bass Laboratory have been rescued and are archived at Mote Marine Laboratory. In 2010 priority was given to preservation, inventory, and digitization of the records.

This Community will provide electronic access to documents, photographs, personal communications, field logs, and other records from the Laboratory.

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  • An Introduction and Overview to the Bass Biological Laboratory Papers

    This introduction provides a scope and content note and a brief history of the Bass Biological Laboratory collection.

  • Bass Biological Laboratory Papers

    The records in this collection include papers from visiting scientists, research records, laboratory operational records, and personal papers of John F. Bass, Jr. The items in this collection derive from the research done at the lab by staff and visiting scientists as well as the daily operations of the lab.

  • Zoological Research Supply Company Papers

    The Zoological Research Supply Company was the profit-making subsidiary of the Bass Biological Laboratory. The activities of both the Laboratory and the Zoological Research Supply Company were closely intertwined. The records in this collection derive from the operations of the ZRS, which supplied specimens to schools and laboratories throughout the country.

Copyright by Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida. It is permitted to use materials on this site for non-commercial educational and personal purposes. You may copy these materials for classroom and personal use, so long as the copies contain all applicable copyright and trademark notices.

For all other uses, please contact the Arthur Vining Davis Library.

The rescue and ongoing preservation of these documents has been a twenty year process. These records provide valuable material for researchers on the biodiversity, coastal ecology, and socio-economic conditions of 1930s Florida. The availability of these items is intended to increase knowledge, and not for profit.

The materials in the collection have been donated by several sources, the majority by the Bass family. Credit must be given to Mote and the original copyright holder where applicable. Contacting sources for copyright permission is an ongoing process as new materials arrive and more is learned about the collection. In an effort to discover the source for some materials, many items have been made available through DSpace. If you are a copyright holder for an item in this collection and have not yet been notified, please contact us. If you are the copyright holder and have concerns regarding that item’s presence on the site, those issues will be addressed and/or the item will be removed.

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