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Kenneth L. Hobbs journals

Identifier: Ms-0156

Scope and Contents

The Kenneth L. Hobbs Journals, 1928-1965, contain materials relating to Hobbs travels around the world. Most items have been compiled into four bound journals: Western Trip of 1928, Arizona and Northern Mexico, China 1933 and The Netherland Indies, Around the World, 1934. Also included is an unbound journal of Hobbs' stay in the Philippines (ca. 1932-36). The journals contain photographs, descriptions of flora and wildlife, steamship line passenger lists, invitations, programs and letters, as well as narrative descriptions of Hobbs' travels. The collection also contains a travel report from Hobbs' travels to Australia and the South Pacific in 1965, loose photographs and an oversize map of Sonora.


  • 1928-1965

Conditions Governing Access

Open. All materials in this collection are available for research under supervised conditions in the Research Room.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. All rights possessed in this collections by Marianne Thaeler have been assigned to the Rio Grande Historical Collections of New Mexico State University Library

Biographical / Historical

Kenneth L. Hobbs was born in 1906. He was raised in Linden, Maryland and spent his early years on the East Coast. He moved west to attend college in California, apparently at Stanford University. Hobbs studied zoology and human anatomy. In 1928, he made a trip across the American West to documenting plant and animal life. In 1930 he made another such trip through Arizona and Northern Mexico. While working on his thesis, apparently pertaining to bat species, in 1932, Hobbs accepted a position to teach Human Anatomy at The Afable College of Medicine in the Philippine Islands. Hobbs was named head of the Department of Anatomy and dean of the institution. Between the years 1932-1936 he traveled through the Philippines, China, the Dutch East Indies and Europe. He created travel journals documenting each of his trips. Hobbs recorded not only plants and animals during his trips, but also humans, their languages, cultures and his own observations. Hobbs married Tonie Schulte, and they settled their family in San Francisco where Hobbs taught biology at San Francisco Junior College.


3 Linear Feet (9 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Journals kept by Dr. Kenneth L. Hobbs on his travels to Arizona, Northern Mexico, China, the Dutch East Indies, Philippines, Australia and other locations. Also includes photographs, newspaper clippings, maps, and a copy of the Philippine constitution.

Processing Information

Merleen Dibert, June 1980 Marah deMeule and Christine Moreland-Bruhnke, revised November 1999
Guide to the Kenneth L. Hobbs journals
Merleen Dibert, June 1980 Marah deMeule and Christine Moreland-Bruhnke, revised November 1999
Updated in 1999
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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA