Cobb, John N. (John Nathan)
University of Washington Libraries
Seattle, WA 98195-2900
11.04 cubic feet (25 boxes and 3 folders)
Papers of a fisheries biologist, author and editor, federal official, and University of Washington professor. Best known as a leading authority on fisheries and for initiating and directing the University of Washington fisheries program, John Cobb was a fisheries biologist, author and editor, federal official, and college professor. Cobb became a leader in his field and received commissions to investigate fisheries along the Atlantic coast, Great Lakes, and the Pacific coast. Most of Cobb’s 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 University of Washington fisheries program, some of 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. 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 records 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.