Horton H. Hobbs, Jr. (29 March 1914-22 March 1994). Biographical notes

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  • The article is preluded by a very brief abstract followed by an introduction which the authors begin by stating that the name Horton H. Hobbs, Jr., is synonymous with freshwater crayfishes in North America. The numbers of his vast writings are then summarized and his monographs and other book-length works are listed. A few anecdotes which demonstrate Hobbs' sense of humor and Southern manners are followed by part of a very readable oral history interview conducted by the Smithsonian Institution Archives' Pamela M. Henson with Hobbs in July, 1976 [Archives Records Unit 9509], in which he recounts experiences attending the University of Florida during the Depression, about his first visit to the Smithsonian while a student in 1935, and going to work at the University of Virginia in 1946.
  • He also relates a number of his experiences doing early field work as one of the few people in the country studying crayfishes. Through the years he amassed a collection of 80,000 specimens that he brought with him when he came to the Smithsonian. The remainder of the article would be very useful to scholars, as the coauthors of Hobbs' papers and publications are listed, it gives a complete bibliography of his publications, annotated with the names of new taxa in each, and lists taxa named by Hobbs.


  • Hobbs, Horton Holcombe 1914-1994
  • Henson, Pamela M 1948-
  • United States National Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


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The authors are associated with the Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. The article includes 7 photographs.

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Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington Vol. 111, No. 3 (Journal)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


September 18, 1998


  • Crustacea
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Crayfish
  • Invertebrates
  • Oral histories
  • Biography
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Oral history

Physical description

pp. 473-503

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