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Preliminary Guide to the Marcus E. Hobbs Papers, 1935 - 1980

Abstract

Marcus Edwin Hobbs, Duke University educator and administrator, served as Chair of the Chemistry Dept. (1951-1954), Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1954-1958), Dean of the University (1958), Vice Provost (1962-1963), and Provost (1969-1970), before his retirement in 1970 as Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus. Collection includes correspondence and memoranda, research reports, financial papers, grant proposals, committee records, and other material. The bulk of the materials range in date from the 1960s to the 1980s. Subjects include the conflict of interest policy, the dedication of the Gross Chemistry Laboratory, development of sciences at the University, chemistry research in ordnance and tobacco, the Damon Runyan Memorial Fund for Cancer Research, the Research Triangle Institute, Paul M. Gross, long-range planning, the Office of Ordnance Research, and the Army Research Office, Durham.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Marcus E. Hobbs papers 1935 - 1980
Creator
Hobbs, Marcus E., 1909-
Extent
7.5 Linear Feet , 5000 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

Collection includes correspondence and memoranda, research reports, financial papers, grant proposals, committee records, and other material. The bulk of the materials range in date from the 1960s to the 1980s. Subjects include the conflict of interest policy, the dedication of the Gross Chemistry Laboratory, development of sciences at the University, chemistry research in ordnance and tobacco, the Damon Runyan Memorial Fund for Cancer Research, the Research Triangle Institute, Paul M. Gross, long-range planning, the Office of Ordnance Research, and the Army Research Office, Durham.

Administrative Information

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Records, such as search committee files or others pertaining to employment where individuals are identified, are closed for 70 years.

Unprocessed materials are closed pending processing.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Conflict of Interest Policy working papers
Box 1
Dedication of Gross Chemistry Laboratory
Box 1
Special Advisory Search Committee for Chancellor
Box 1
Hobbs miscellaneous papers
Box 1
Conflict of Interest Policy working papers
Box 2
Chemistry of Explosives course (World War II)
Box 2
Rocket propellants (World War II)
Box 2
Damon Runyan - American Tobacco
Box 2
Research chemistry of tobacco smoke
Box 2
Papers related to Research Triangle Park -- early work
Box 3
Search committees, various
Box 3
Gross on long-range planning for Duke
Box 3
Office of Ordnance Research at Duke
Box 3
Office of Ordnance Research
Box 4-5
Army Research Office - Durham
Box 4-5
Army Research Office
Box 4-5

Historical Note

Marcus Edwin Hobbs, Duke University educator and administrator, served as Chair of the Chemistry Dept. (1951-1954), Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (1954-1958), Dean of the University (1958), Vice Provost (1962-1963), and Provost (1969-1970), before his retirement in 1970 as Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus. He was named Duke's representative on the original Research Triangle Institute board in 1959, and served as chairman of the board of governor's executive committee. The RTI's 15th building, a $4 million research facility, was named in his honor in 1989.

Hobbs, who was born in Chadbourne, N.C. in 1909, earned his A.B. in 1932, M.A. in 1934, and Ph.D. in 1936, all from Duke University. He served for 10 years as chief scientific adviser to the Army Research Office advisory council. In addition to other honors, Hobbs received the U.S. Dept. of Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in 1959 for his contribution to the establishment of the Army Research Office.

Hobbs participated in professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, The Chemical Society (London), The American Institute of Chemists, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The N.C. Section of the American Chemical Society created a service award in his honor. Hobbs also received the University Medal for Distinguished Meritorious Service at Duke in 1989.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Paul Gross papers. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • A. Hollis Edens records. (University Archives, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Marcus E. Hobbs Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Marcus E. Hobbs Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 2000.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Encoded by Jill Katte, May 2005

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.