Oral history interview with Horton H. Hobbs, Jr.,
1976

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 9509
Creators:
Hobbs, Horton Holcombe, 1914-1994, interviewee
Dates:
1976
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 audiotapes (reference copies). 3 digital .mp3 files (reference copies).
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Introduction
Introduction
The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program staff conduct interviews with current and retired Smithsonian staff and others who have made significant contributions to the Institution. There are also interviews conducted by researchers or students on topics related to the history of the Smithsonian or the holdings of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.
Hobbs was interviewed for the Oral History Program because of his long association with the Smithsonian as a research associate and because of his scholarly and administrative career.

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
Hobbs was interviewed on 14 May 1976 by Pamela M. Henson. The interview covers his education and teaching at the University of Florida; career as professor of zoology and director of the Mountain Lake Biological Station of the University of Virginia; research interests in crayfish; and role as Head Curator, Department of Zoology of the United States National Museum, as Senior Scientist in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, and as director of the Archbold-Bredin-Smithsonian Biological Survey of Dominica.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Horton H. Hobbs, Jr., (1914-1994) was Senior Scientist in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, specializing in the taxonomy, ecology, and geographic distribution of freshwater decapods crustaceans. Hobbs received his Ph. D. in biology from the University of Florida in 1940 and taught there until 1946. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1946 and served as director of its Mountain Lake Biological Station from 1956 to 1960. In 1962 Hobbs was appointed Head Curator of the Department of Zoology, United States National Museum, and in 1964 was appointed Senior Scientist.

Notes
Oral Histories

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9509, Oral history interview with Horton H. Hobbs, Jr.

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