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A Guide to the Clark Hubbs Papers, 1947-1986
Clark Hubbs was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on March 15, 1921. His parents, Carl and Laura Hubbs, were both noted naturalists, and he developed a passion for studying fish from an early age. He earned his BA degree in zoology from the University of Michigan in 1942 and then served in the G-2 intelligence section of the 96th Infantry Division Headquarters in the United States Army until 1946. After serving as Acting Instructor in Biology at Hopkins Marine Station in 1948, he earned his PhD from Stanford in 1951.
Dr. Hubbs joined the faculty of the University of Texas in 1949 as Instructor of Zoology. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1952, Associate Professor in 1957, and Professor in 1963, and also served as Chairman of the Division of Biological Sciences (1974-1976), Chairman of the Department of Zoology (1978-1986), and Clark Hubbs Regents Professor from 1988 to 1991, when he became Professor Emeritus, a title he held until his death in 2008. He additionally served as Visiting Professor at the University of Oklahoma (1970-1984) and at Texas A&M University (1969-1983), and as Curator of Ichthyology at the UT Texas Memorial Museum from 1978 to 2008. Starting in 1985, Hubbs also served as Faculty Advisor in the Graduate Program of the Universidad de Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Clark Hubbs served as President of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in 1987 and was the editor of Copeia, the journal of the Society, for fourteen years. He also served as President of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists (1966-1967), the Texas Academy of Science (1972-1973), and the Texas Organization for Endangered Species (1978-1979), and was the editor for the Texas Journal of Science for four years. An expert on exotic fishes and fishes of Texas, Hubbs authored over 300 scientific articles and started and built up the Fish Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, which resides in the Texas Natural History Collections in the UT Department of Integrative Biology. Hubbs was also the founder and leader of the Rio Grande Fishes Recovery Team, which was an active force in the conservation of fishes in west Texas and southern New Mexico.
Clark Hubbs died in Austin on February 3, 2008, and was survived by his wife Catherine and three children. Shortly after his death, many of his former students and other interested individuals formed the Hubbs Ichthyological Society to continue his efforts to document, learn about, and protect the Texas freshwater fish fauna.
Dr. Clark Hubbs' Home Page, accessed October 5, 2016
Hubbs Ichthyological Society website, accessed October 5, 2016
The Clark Hubbs Papers, 1947-1986, are primarily composed of correspondence and subject files pertaining to Hubbs' career as Professor of Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin and as an icthyologist. The papers also relate to Hubbs' experiences with the Texas Academy of Science and his tenure as editor of Copeia, the journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Correspondence, reports, memoranda, articles, drafts, notes, maps, and other materials relating to specific projects on which Hubbs worked are also found in the Papers, including the Big Bend Gambusias Recovery Plan project in the late 1970s to early 1980s, as well as the Inland Waters Task Force of the Texas Advisory Committee on Power Plant Siting and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway case in the early 1970s. The papers have been kept in Hubbs' original order and are largely chronological in nature, though subject files are also designated.
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Clark Hubbs Papers, 1947-1986, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, 1991.
Subsequent revisions were made by Jessi Fishman, October 2016.