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A Guide to the Hal P. Bybee Papers, circa 1910s-1957
Halbert Pleasant Bybee was born in Rochester, Indiana in 1888. Bybee served as principal of the high school in Richland Center, Indiana from 1907 to 1909, and he was an Instructor in Science at Clinton College in Clinton, Kentucky from 1910 to 1911. In 1912, he received a B.A. degree at Indiana University and in 1914 an M.A. degree at the same university. In 1914, he taught geology both at Washington University in St. Louis and at The University of Texas, where he continued to teach until 1925.
His Ph.D. degree was awarded by Indiana University in 1915. From 1925 to 1929, Bybee worked as a geologist for the Dixie Oil Company in San Angelo. In 1929, Bybee rejoined the staff of the University of Texas as Geologist in Charge of University Lands (which over saw the university’s oil and has leasing and development), working mainly in West Texas until 1936 when he returned to Austin as Professor of Geology, as well as Geologist in Charge of University Lands. He served as Chairman of the Department of Geology from 1937 to 1941. Bybee is noted for starting the University's first summer camp in geology, in addition to helping establish the Geology Foundation and the West Texas Geological Society.
In addition to University duties, he was in charge of Company D of the Texas Defense Guard at Camp Mabry during World War II, where he taught map reading, use of aerial photographs, and methods of travel by night without light. In 1952, he was honored at the University's Geology Homecoming Day with a citation for "Distinguished Service to the Oil Industry and the State of Texas" and life membership in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Bybee died in Austin, Texas on March 30, 1957.
"Hal P. Bybee: A Great Man Is Gone."Newsletter: University of Texas at Austin Department of Geological Sciences 6 (1957). http://www.lib.utexas.edu/books/landscapes/detail.php?work_id=240335.
"The Hal P. Bybee Building in Midland."Newsletter: University of Texas at Austin Department of Geological Sciences 17 (1968). http://www.lib.utexas.edu/books/landscapes/detail.php?work_id=240901.
Correspondence, clippings, printed materials, maps, photographs, and financial records relate to Hal P. Bybee's personal life and career as a petroleum geologist and Geology professor at the University of Texas. They contain records of the Geology Department faculty and other material pertinent to the history of geology at the UT. The bulk of the materials are from the 1930s to 1950s.
This collection is open for research use.
A portion of these papers is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Hal P. Bybee Papers, circa 1910s-1957, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Sandy Hanner, July 1979.
Subsequent revisions were made by archives staff; Vanessa Attia, March 2013.