Covers his 1963 expedition to Rapa and other trips to the South Pacific and Caribbean, c. 1963-1976, including: Successful field trip to Rapa with Thelma in 1963; descriptions of the island including people, customs, accommodations, geography, weather,...
Clarke, J. F. Gates (John Frederick Gates), 1905-1990, interviewee Search this
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9555, J. F. Gates Clarke Oral History Interviews
Hobbs, Horton Holcombe, 1914-1994, interviewee Search this
2 audiotapes (Reference copies). 3 digital .mp3 files (Reference copies).
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
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.
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.
This accession documents Dan H. Nicolson's work on two major projects: the Hassan Flora Project and the Archbold-Bredin-Smithsonian Biological Survey of Dominica. Papers
include correspondence and memoranda, financial reports, grant documents, and administrative records.
Dan Henry Nicolson (1933-2016) was a curator at the U.S. National Herbarium, National Museum of Natural History, from 1964 to 2005. He specialized in the plant family
Araceae, Asian botany, and botanical nomenclature. Nicolson's field work took him to Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, and China to collect plants. He served as nomenclature editor
of the journal Taxon (1979-1999) and was a member of the editorial committee for the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (1981-2006). He was also an active member
of the International Association of Plant Taxonomy, serving as president (1993-1999). Nicolson held a B.A. from Grinnell College (1955), a M.B.A. from Stanford Business School
(1957), and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University (1959 and 1964).