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Collection Number: 03909

Collection Title: Samuel Huntington Hobbs Papers, 1916-1965; 1999

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1800 items)
Abstract Samuel Huntington Hobbs (1895-1969), rural sociologist, was a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina, 1916-1968. He was chair of the University's Department of Rural Social Economics from 1933 until it merged with the Department of Sociology in 1939. Hobbs was the author of North Carolina: Economic and Social (1930), North Carolina: An Economic and Social Profile (1958), and other studies. Papers of Samuel Huntington Hobbs (1895-1969) include correspondence, writings, materials about part-time farming, and materials about the North Carolina Rural Electrification Project. Correspondence includes Hobbs's professional and personal correspondence with colleagues, people with an interest in agriculture, students, and friends. Writings consist chiefly of lectures and speeches. The collection also contains material pertaining to Hobbs's study of part-time farming in North Carolina and documents relating to Hobbs's work with the North Carolina Rural Electrification Project, and a genealogy of the Hobbs family.
Creator Hobbs, Samuel Huntington, 1895-1969.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Samuel Huntington Hobbs papers #3909, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Donated by William T. Hobbs through W. S. Powell of the North Carolina Collection. Genealogy given by Elizabeth Deane Haw Hobbs in August 1999 (Acc. 98417).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Samuel Huntington Hobbs, Jr. (1895-1969) was a native of Clinton, N.C. He received an A.B. in 1916 and an A.M. in 1917 from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1928.

Hobbs was a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina from 1916 until 1968 in Rural Social Economics and the Department of Sociology. He was chair of the Department of Rural Social Economics from 1933 until it merged with the Department of Sociology in 1939. Hobbs was the author of North Carolina: Economic and Social (1930), North Carolina: An Economic and Social Profile (1958), and other studies. See the North Carolina Collection in the Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for books, articles, and UNC Extension Dept. bulletins by S. H. Hobbs, Jr. See also in the North Carolina Collection the NewsLetter edited by Hobbs for 34 years. This NewsLetter was issued by the UNC Bureau of Extension. It was published as a semi-weekly, 1914-1929; as a bi-weekly or semi-monthly, 1930-1956; not published in 1957; and published irregularly after that. The issue of 29 August 1917 states that the NewsLetter was "devoted to the economic, social, and civic problems of everyday life in North Carolina ... studies of North Carolina made in the Dept. of Rural Economics and Sociology."

In 1922, Hobbs married Mary Virginia Thomas. They had three sons: Samuel Huntington III; William T.; and Robert Branson, who married Elizabeth Deane Haw.

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Personal and professional correspondence, addresses, articles, surveys, clippings, and other items of Samuel Huntington Hobbs. Much material concerns routine business of the University of North Carolina's Department of Rural and Social Economics. Also included are material relating to Hobbs's World War I service; items concerning the North Carolina Rural Electrification Authority, 1935-1945; a report 1954, on part-time farming; and a genealogy of the Hobbs family.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1917-1963.

About 1,000 items.

Arrangement: chronological groupings then alphabetized by name of correspondent.

Professional and personal correspondence with colleagues, agricultural people, students, and friends.

Folder 1

Biography and Bibliography #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 1

Folder 2

1917-1920 #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 2

Folder 3

1921-1927 #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 3

Folder 4

1928-1929 A-C #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 4

Folder 5

1928-1929 E-G #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 5

Folder 6

1928-1929 H-L #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 6

Folder 7

1928-1929 M-Q #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 7

Folder 8

1928-1929 R-Z #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 8

Folder 9

1930-1931 A-Z #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 9

Folder 10

1932 Wiritimap by Hobbs and Others #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 10

Folder 11

1932 A-B #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 11

Folder 12

1932 C-D #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 12

Folder 13

1932 E-J #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 13

Folder 14

1932 K-M #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 14

Folder 15

1932 N-R #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 15

Folder 16

1932 S-V #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 16

Folder 17

1932 W-Z #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 17

Folder 18

North Carolina Conference for Social Services, 1933-1935 #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 18

Folder 19

1933-1934 A-C #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 19

Folder 20

1933-1934 D-G #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 20

Folder 21

1933-1934 H-L #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 21

Folder 22

1933-1934 M (Including Hugh McRae) #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 22

Folder 23

1933-1934 N-Z #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 23

Folder 24

1935-1937 A-Z #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 24

Folder 25

1938-1940 A-B #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 25

Folder 26

1938-1940 C-D #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 26

Folder 27

1938-1940 E-G #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 27

Folder 28

1938-1940 H-L #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 28

Folder 29

1938-1940 M #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 29

Folder 30

1938-1940 N-R #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 30

Folder 31

1938-1940 S #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 31

Folder 32

1938-1940 T-Z #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 32

Folder 33

1941-1943 A-B #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 33

Folder 34

1941-1943 C-F #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 34

Folder 35

1941-1943 G-J #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 35

Folder 36

1941-1943 L-M #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 36

Folder 37

1941-1943 N-Q #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 37

Folder 38

1941-1943 R-S #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 38

Folder 39

1941-1943 T-Z #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 39

Folder 40

1944-1953 #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 40

Folder 41

1954-1963 #03909, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1917-1963." Folder 41

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About 250 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Class lectures; addresses to the North Carolina Club, the Universalist Church, and other groups; commencement speeches; and the text of a speech given at the Southern Economic Conference in 1930. Also included are book reviews; the texts of two radio addresses given in 1930 and 1932; and statistics and information concerning the state of rural areas of North Carolina in the 1920s and 1930s.

Folder 42

Not dated #03909, Series: "2. Writings, 1916-1965." Folder 42

Folder 43

1916-1917 #03909, Series: "2. Writings, 1916-1965." Folder 43

Folder 44

1920-1925 #03909, Series: "2. Writings, 1916-1965." Folder 44

Folder 45

1926-1929 #03909, Series: "2. Writings, 1916-1965." Folder 45

Folder 46

1930 #03909, Series: "2. Writings, 1916-1965." Folder 46

Folder 47

1931 #03909, Series: "2. Writings, 1916-1965." Folder 47

Folder 48

1932 #03909, Series: "2. Writings, 1916-1965." Folder 48

Folder 49

1933-1938, 1942 #03909, Series: "2. Writings, 1916-1965." Folder 49

Folder 50

1950-1965 #03909, Series: "2. Writings, 1916-1965." Folder 50

Folder 51-53

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Monographs by others #03909, Series: "2. Writings, 1916-1965." Folder 51-53

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Part-Time Farming, 1954.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: grouped by type of material.

Material pertaining to Hobbs's study of part-time farming in North Carolina. Part-time farming entails having some type of outside job, but earning additional funds through growing crops or raising animals at home.

Folder 54

Correspondence, 1954 #03909, Series: "3. Part-Time Farming, 1954." Folder 54

Folder 55

General #03909, Series: "3. Part-Time Farming, 1954." Folder 55

Folder 56

Summaries #03909, Series: "3. Part-Time Farming, 1954." Folder 56

Folder 57

Miscellaneous manuscripts #03909, Series: "3. Part-Time Farming, 1954." Folder 57

Folder 58

Clippings #03909, Series: "3. Part-Time Farming, 1954." Folder 58

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. North Carolina Rural Electrification Project, 1935-1948.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Clippings, 1916-1960.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Clippings mostly relating to agricultural matters in North Carolina. Also included are reviews of Hobbs's works.

Folder 67

1916-1920 #03909, Series: "5. Clippings, 1916-1960." Folder 67

Folder 68

1930-1931 #03909, Series: "5. Clippings, 1916-1960." Folder 68

Folder 69

1932-1939 #03909, Series: "5. Clippings, 1916-1960." Folder 69

Folder 70

1940-1960 #03909, Series: "5. Clippings, 1916-1960." Folder 70

Folder 71

Undated #03909, Series: "5. Clippings, 1916-1960." Folder 71

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Rawlings, February 1998

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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