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Guide to the Bernard Rosecrans Hubbard, S.J. Papers, 1888-1962 5600 HubB
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  • 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 His explorations and lecture tours are reflected in published and unpublished articles, scripts, reports, photographs, maps, posters, and a taped interview of Hubbard in 1959.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.