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Halbert Pleasant Bybee papers

 Collection — Folder: S202
Identifier: S0202

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typed, carbon copy of a document ranging from 1888 to 1957 regarding the life of Halbert Pleasant Bybee.


  • 1888/01/07-1957/03/30

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Halbert Pleasant Bybee was born on January 7, 1888 near Rochester, Indiana to William Lawson and Martha Kesslar Bybee. He received a B.S. in 1908 from Rochester College. He was a principal for a year and briefly attended Indiana University, leaving to teach at Clinton College, Kentucky. He returned to Indiana University and received a B.A. in 1912, an M.A. in 1913 and a Ph.D. in geology in 1915.

He became an instructor at the University of Texas in 1914. Halbert married Ruth Woolery on September 1, 1914, with whom he had five children. In November 1914, he returned to the University of Texas, was promoted to Adjunct Professor in 1916 and Associate Professor in 1920.

In 1925, he began working as a company geologist at Dixie Oil Company. He helped organize the West Texas Geological Society and served as its first president in 1927. The Texas legislature created the Board for Lease of University Lands (University of Texas) which he was appointed in 1929 as the first Geologist-in-charge of University Lands, a post he held until 1954.

In 1936 he returned to the faculty of the University as Professor of Geology and continued until his death. He received many awards and honors, including a Life Membership in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Halbert was active in civic associations and in the Baptist Church. He died on March 30, 1957.

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0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/05/16 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/05/16 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.