Finding Aids to Oral Histories in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 9509
Hobbs, Horton Holcombe, 1914-1994, interviewee
Horton Holcombe Hobbs Oral History Interview, 1976
Horton Holcombe 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.
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.
Hobbs was interviewed on May 14, 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.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Hobbs, Horton Holcombe, 1914-1994
- Henson, Pamela M., interviewer
- Archbold-Bredin-Smithsonian Biological Survey of Dominica
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Invertebrate Zoology
- Mountain Lake Biological Station (University of Virginia)
- University of Florida
- National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Department of Zoology
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9509, Horton Holcombe Hobbs Oral History Interview