Guide to the Bernard Rosecrans Hubbard, S.J. Papers, 1888-1962 5600 HubB

Finding aid prepared by Mary Kenney
California Jesuit Archives
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA, 95053
(408) 554-5432

Title: Bernard Rosecrans Hubbard, S.J. Papers, 1888-1962
Identifier/Call Number: 5600 HubB
Contributing Institution: California Jesuit Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 10.9 Linear feet 25 boxes
Date (bulk): 1930-1950
Date (inclusive): 1890-2001
Abstract: Bernard R. Hubbard was a Jesuit priest, educator, explorer, and popular lecturer, known as “the Glacier Priest.” He taught geology, 1926-1930, and spent three decades exploring and documenting the Territory of Alaska, its glaciers and volcanoes, and its native peoples. These expeditions, 1927-1962, were financed by his lectures, films, and publications, undertaken from his offices at Santa Clara University in California.

Access Terms

Hubbard, Bernard Rosecrans, 1888-1962
Santa Clara University (Calif.)
Glaciers – Alaska
Jesuits – California Province
Alaska – Description and travel

Biographical/Historical note

Bernard R. Hubbard (1888-1962) was born in San Francisco, California and attended Santa Clara College from 1906-1908, then entered the Society of Jesus. As part of his Jesuit formation, he studied theology in Innsbruck, Austria and was ordained a priest there in 1923. While teaching German, geology, and theology at Santa Clara College, he began his annual summer expeditions to Alaska in 1927, continuing through 1955. During World War II he was an advisor on Alaska for the U.S. military and a lecturer and chaplain to the troops. At Santa Clara University in the late 1940s, he established the Hubbard Educational Films (Hubbard Laboratories), an educational film production and distribution service. Suffering a stroke in 1955 while on lecture tour in Hartford, Connecticut, he curtailed his activities and dedicated time to writing his autobiography and cataloging his photographs, neither of which he completed.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains correspondence, financial and legal reports, contracts, and agreements, and biographical material. Also included is information on and documentation from Father Hubbard’s early Jesuit religious formation in California, Austria, and one year near Cleveland, Ohio. His explorations and lecture tours are reflected in published and unpublished articles, scripts, reports, photographs, maps, posters, and a taped interview of Hubbard in 1959. Articles and theses about Father Hubbard and varied ephemera demonstrate his extensive travels and audiences. Numerous clippings, 1923-1964 are included. His photograph collection is arranged by person, geographic location, landforms, and objects. There are three binder boxes of photographs sorted by topic: Alaska; Tyrol and Oberammergau; and Early life and Religious life in Austria. A large collection of lantern slides from the 1920s and 1930s reflects the geography and native peoples of Alaska and some American Indians of the Southwest.

Preferred Citation note

California Jesuit Archives, Santa Clara, CA.


Series I. Provincial Curia Files

Box 1

Archives correspondence, biographical material, and commerical documents, 1935-2004

Box 1-3

Provincial correspondence, 1929-1967

Box 4

Financial and legal files, 1932-1962

Box 4-5

Financial reports on business enterprises, 1931-1955


Series II. Correspondence

Box 5

Commercial and personal, 1932-1934

Box 5

Distinguished correspondents, 1923-1962

Names of correspondents

Frank A. Armstrong, Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force, 1949 J. H. Atkinson, Major General, U.S. Air Force, 1949 Omar N. Bradley, General, Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1950, 1951 Joseph R. Crimont, S.J., Bishop of Alaska, 1926 Melville P. Cummin, Secretary, The Explorers Club, 1960 Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, 1941, 1951-1962 Delos C. Emmons, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, 1945 R. A. Grussendorf, Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force, 1951 Carlton J.H. Hayes, American Ambassador to Spain, 1943 W. E. Kepner, Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force, 1950 Geoffrey Keyes, Lieutenant General, U.S.A., 1945, 1946, 1947 Ernest J. King, Admiral, U.S. Navy, 1944 Goodwin J. Knight, Governor of California, 1958 Mrs. Anton Lang, 1923, 1958 Curtis E. LeMay, Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force, 1950 Benjamin Moreell, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, 1944 Richard Nixon, Member of Congress, 1950 John F. O’Hara, S.J., Military Ordinate, 1942 Merlin O’Neill, Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, 1951 Robert P. Patterson, Secretary of War, 1943, 1945, 1946 George S. Patton, General, U.S. Army1945 Thomas S. Power, Major General, U.S. Air Force, Deputy Commander, Strategic Air Command, 1950, 1951 Franklin D. Roosevelt, United States President, 1944 W. Stuart Symington, Secretary of Air Force, 1949 Stewart Udall, Secretary of Interior, 1962 Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, 1951 Otto von Hapsburg of Austria, 1948 James R. N. Weaver, Commanding General, Fort Ord, 1946 A. C. Wedemeyer, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, 1951, 1958
Box 5-8

Commercial, military, and personal correspondence, 1940-1962

Box 8-9

Business correspondence by company, 1952-1960


Series III. Biographical Material

Box 9

Hubbard family, 1899-1960


Early religious life

Box 9

Novitiate, 1908-1910

Box 10

Juniorate and Regency, 1910-1920

Box 10

Correspondence, 1910-1919

Box 10

Geology at Mt. St. Michael's, Spokane

Box 10

Theologate in Innsbruck, 1921-1925

Box 10

Tertianship, 1926

Box 10

Correspondence and clippings, 1926-1929


Series IV. Articles, Scripts, and Lectures

Box 11

Articles and scripts (typescripts) undated

Box 11-12

Scripts for films undated



Box 12

Other scripts, short stories, and interview transcripts undated

Box 13

Interview of Bernard Hubbard, 1959


Interview of Bernard Hubbard by Tom McGeeney and Agnes Quinn, 31 March 1959 (2 audiotapes, 7 1/2 “reels)
Box 13, Map-case Drawer 23

Lectures and tours

Box 13-14

Series V. Later and Archival Materials

Box 14-15

Series VI. Ephemera

General note

Ephemeral items are printed materials, mainly travel-related, which include, railroad tickets and passes, manufacturers' brochures, membership and business cards, address books, and notebooks among other items. Of particular interest are typescripts of press releases and articles covering Hubbard lectures.
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Series VII. Clippings, 1923-1964


Series VIII. Publications, 1929-2001

Box 16

Articles written by Bernard Hubbard, 1930-1955

General note

This subseries contains articles written by Bernard Hubbard and published in American magazines and newspapers. One book, privately printed in 1935, is included.
Box 16

Articles about Bernard Hubbard, 1929-1960

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Series IX. Photographic Collection, 1906-1961

Box 17


Box 18


Box 19-21

Binder boxes

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Oversize photographs


Black and white matted photographs of Bernard Hubbard in both outdoor clothing and clerical garb.
Box 22

Oberammergau Passion Play, Austria and Tyrol, and Santa Clara University

Box 23-24



Series X. Bernard R. Hubbard Lantern Slide Collection


The collection consists of 261 glass slides, 3 ½ x 4”, mainly in color, from the 1930s. Captions are given on slides. Most are taken in Alaska. There are also 9 slides of unidentified American Indians of the Southwest, taken in the 1920s.