The records of the Energy Research Institute (ERI) range in date from 1979 to 1985. Most of the records are the product of Administrative Assistant Mary Susan Prescott, who served under the three directors of the Institute: Dr. Owen Phillips, Professor and Chairman of Earth and Planetary Sciences (1980-1981), Dr. Joseph L. Katz, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering (1981-1983), and Dr. Wilfrid Kohl, Research Professor of International Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Director of the International Energy Program for the Johns Hopkins Policy Institute (1983-1985). The record group is divided into four series: (1) Administrative Records, 1979-1985; (2) Development, 1981-1984; (3) Publications and Symposia, 1981-1985; and (4) Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), 1979- 1982. The records include a wide range of materials, such as Council minutes, proposals for Energy Studies curricula, grant proposals, symposia transcripts and the publications of OTEC. Of particular interest are those records which reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the Institute.