John N. Cobb papers 1876-1970 (bulk 1897-1930)

Cobb, John N. (John Nathan), 1868-1930


1.04 cubic feet (25 boxes, 3 folders).
Arranged in 4 accessions: 1. Accession No. 1595-004, John N. Cobb family papers, 1876-1970; 2. Accession No. 1595-005, John N. Cobb correspondence, 1893-1924; 3. Accession No. 1595-006, John N. Cobb papers, 1884-1969 (bulk 1897-1930); 4. Accession No. 1595-007, John N. Cobb correspondence, blueprints, and photographs, 1921.
Correspondence, diaries, writings, lectures, notebooks and field notes, publications, reports, drawings, clippings, certificates, labor agreements, financial records, legal documents, legislation, and newsletters, 1890-1930. Also includes materials relating to Genevieve Cobb, John N. Cobb's daughter; the University of Washington Fisheries College; and the Washington State Fisheries Board. Major correspondents include Miller Freeman, the Alaska Packers Association, the Pacific Fisherman, the Pacific Power and Light Company of Portland, Oregon, the Union Fish Company of San Francisco, the United States Fish and Fisheries Commission, the United States Fisheries Bureau, and the Washington Fisheries and Game Department.
John N. Cobb was a fisheries biologist, author and editor, federal official, and university professor and administrator who was born 1868 in Oxford, New Jersey, and died in 1930 in La Jolla, California. John Cobb is best known as a leading authority on fisheries and for initiating and directing the University of Washington fisheries program. He became a leader in his field and received commissions to investigate fisheries along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and the Great Lakes. Most of his work was in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, but his investigations included everything from lobster fisheries in Maine to sponge fisheries in Florida. Aside from his development of the UW fisheries program, Cobb's most noteworthy contributions were inventions to allow salmon to overcome modern barriers. These included fishways, such as escalators, to allow salmon to pass over dams, and electric gates to keep young salmon out of irrigation ditches. He worked for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, the Salmon Fisheries of Alaska, the journal Pacific Fisherman, and the Alaska Packers Association. He was asked to head the UW fisheries program when it opened in 1919 and served as its director (and later dean) until poor health forced him to resign ten years later. He also served as president of the Pacific Fisheries Society in the 1920s.
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The creator's literary rights have not been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Visual materials from multiple accessions in the John N. Cobb Papers were relocated to the John N. Cobb Photographs, 1897-1926, PH Coll. 418, which is also located in Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries.
Maps from Accession No. 1595-006 were relocated to the Map Collection & Cartographic Information Services division, University of Washington Libraries in 1977.
A finding aid to the papers is available in the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries and on the World Wide Web.
The visual materials that form part of these papers are described and indexed in A Guide to the John N. Cobb Photographs, 1897-1926, PH Coll. 418, available in the Special Collections division, University of Washington Libraries.

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