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The Peter J. Morgane Research Collection on the Cetacean Brain, 1962-2010

Identifier: PJM

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Dr. Morgane’s and collaborator’s work on the Cetacean brain. The project he led in the 1960’s harvested and utilized numerous live dolphins. He conducted this unique original scientific research and experiments on those animals prior to the passage of the Marine Mammals Protection Act of 1972. Morgane and his colleagues continued to publish original scientific papers from this work through 2004.

The collection contains 27 boxes of glass and film slides, all of which have been digitized, thousands of photographic prints, X-rays, mounted photographic prints, photomicrographs, as well as manuscript papers, personal notebooks, Dr. Morgane’s Master’s and Doctoral theses, and hard copies of scientific papers. This collection encompasses Dr. Morgane’s extensive work on the Cetacean brain. Within the slides and their digital images can occasionally be found some images from other experiments.


  • 1962 - 2004

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Peter J. Morgane was a neuroscientist who took a special interest in the neuroanatomy and function of the Cetacean brain. From 1962-2004 Dr. Morgane worked with colleagues performing experiments, analyzing and mapping the brain of the Cetacean. His aim was to create an Atlas of the Dolphin Brain. Although a complete atlas was not published, Morgane and his peers published many groundbreaking scientific papers on the various aspects and functions of the Cetacean brain. Morgane and his colleagues published groundbreaking scientific articles from 1967 to 2004 describing the neuroanatomy of the dolphin. Among many others Morgane worked with Patrick J. Hof, MD, FAAA, who holds the entire collection of dolphin brain tissue slides at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY.


30 linear feet

Language of Materials



The collection is organized into five series: 1) Manuscript, Personal Notebooks, Correspondence, Theses and CV’s; 2) Original and Digital Versions of Glass and Film Slides 3) Prints and Negatives (Photographic, Photomicrographic and X-Ray Prints) 4) Mounted Prints and Original Mounted Artist’s Diagrams; 5) Scientific Papers; Digital Files of Corresponding Figures. Arrangement noted within each series.

Related Materials

The brain tissue slides resulting from the Morgane project experimentation are available for research at the Neuroscience Laboratory of Patrick J. Hof, MD, FAAA, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The Peter J. Morgane Research Collection on the Cetacean Brain
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Cally Gurley, Samia Pratt, David J. Mokler, PhD
December 1, 2019
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David Mokler, PhD, UNE Emeritus Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & Archives Repository

University of New England
11 Hills Beach Rd.
Biddeford Maine 04005