A Guide to the Joseph Hoover Mackin Papers, 1930-2002
Dr. Joseph Hoover Mackin received a BS degree in geology from New York University in 1930, and MA and PhD degrees from Columbia University in 1932 and 1937. He taught at the University of Washington for twenty-eight years and then became the William Stamps Farish Chair in the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Geology where he taught courses in geomorphology and structural geology. He completed work for the U.S. Geological Survey and the Atomic Energy Commission, was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, was chairman of the Earth Sciences Division of the National Research Council, was involved in developing lunar geology experiments for the first mission to the moon, and was selected by NASA to study the first lunar rock samples. Dr. Mackin died on August 12, 1968.
Biographical information from:
James, Harold L. “Joseph Hoover Mackin, 1905-1968,” Washington, DC: The National Academy of Sciences of the United States of American, 1974.
Collection contains correspondence, subject files, writings, and research papers, photographs, and audio recordings documenting Dr. Mackin’s career in geology and geomorphology.
Joseph Hoover Mackin Papers, 1930-2002, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Detailed Description of the Collection