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We are grateful for the support we have received from several institutions: the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Census of Marine Life project through the University of New Hampshire; the Lenfest Foundation’s Whales Before Whaling project through Stanford University; the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Wellington, and the Office of Ocean Exploration and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, both of the National Marine Fisheries Service, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

 We are also grateful to the many repositories of the documents used in the preparation of this database, especially the Research Library of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the G. W. Blunt White Library of the Mystic Seaport, and the various repositories for US Customs House documents. Without the assistance of the knowledgeable and capable staffs of the museums and libraries that responded to our frequent requests, this project would not have been possible.

We are also indebted to Dr. Mark Bravington of Australia for our logo, one unhappy sperm whale.