University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Joseph Hoover Mackin Papers, 1930-2002

Descriptive Summary

Creator Mackin, Joseph Hoover
Title Joseph Hoover Mackin Collection
Dates: 1930-2002
Abstract: Collection contains the correspondence, writings, photographs, audio recordings, and publications of geologist and University of Texas professor, Dr. Jospeh Hoover.
Accession No.: AR 93-460; 2008-003
Extent 1 foot
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Creator Sketch:

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.

Scope and Contents:

Collection contains correspondence, subject files, writings, and research papers, photographs, and audio recordings documenting Dr. Mackin’s career in geology and geomorphology.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Joseph Hoover Mackin Papers, 1930-2002, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Collection



3A212 Joseph Hoover Mackin
Demolition Bombing, 1943, undated
Altitude and Local Relief of the Bighorn Area During the Cenozoic, undated
Calkins, 1965
Correspondence, 1961-1966
Old Consulting, 1946-1955
Braiding [?] and Thoughts, 1949-1968
Personal - Heart Mail, 1965-1966
Printed Material:
3S51 Photographs
"on accepting chair from Mrs. Farrish, Dr. Ransom," undated
unknown group, undated
2.325/AA40a Biographical (memorials and biographies), 1969, 1974
Writings (papers, abstracts, lectures), 1930-1960
Scientific Method-early drafts
Published Writings
Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)-John E. Galley, 1965-1967
2.325/AA40b Correspondence:
Posthumous, 1968-2002
Assorted Memorials and Letters
7 inch open reel-to-reel tape:
Executive Committee-Division of Earth Sciences, Tape #1 and #2, February 5, 1966