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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7222, Leonard P. Schultz Papers, Boxes 20-22
Leonard P. Schultz, curator of fishes at the Museum of Natural History (now known as the National Museum of Natural History), initiates the Shark Research Panel, with Professor Perry W. Gilbert of Cornell University. Sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and supported by the Office of Naval Research, the panel compiles information on shark attacks on humans, encourages the development of anti-shark devices, seeks to educate the public about how to deal with sharks. The Panel is housed at the museum until Schultz's retirement in 1968, when it moves to the Mote Marine Laboratory which Gilbert directed.