Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany
"The death of Dr. Riddle, in the prime of life and with everything to live for, will not only be mourned by the many friends to whom his lovable nature and winning personality had endeared him; but has also brought keen regret to those who have at heart the advancement of the less cultivated botanical fields to which he had turned his attention, With the prospect of many years of productive activity before him, he had but just realized the height of his professional ambition..." -Roland Thaxter (1921)
Lincoln Riddle began his early interest in botany at the age of 12 while attending the Roxbury Latin School. At this time he was introduced to certain botanical books and he became so interested in their contents that he determined to devote his life to the study of this subject.
He graduated from Harvard in the class of 1902 and took the degree of A. M. in 1904 and of Ph.d. in 1906. In June of 1906 he married Miss Gertrude Hollister Paine and in the autumn they made their home in Wellesley, where he had been appointed Instructor in Botany, taking the place of Professor Clara E. Cummings.
After the death of Miss Cummings in 1907 Riddle continued his service at Wellesley until in 1917, he was made full professor. His selection of Cryptogamic Botany, in which he later won distinction, was determined by the important Lichen Herbarium at Wellesley which had been accumulated by Miss Cummings. Having this herbarium at hand for constant reference) and the unique collection at Harvard within easy reach, he had an unusual opportunity of which he took every advantage; so that, at the time of his death, he and his work were well known to lichenologists both in this country and in Europe.
In the spring of 1919 he received the appointment of Assistant Professor of Cryptogamic Botany and Associate Curator of the Cryptogamic Herbarium at Harvard, and served but a single year when he was attacked by an illness which terminated fatally on January 16, 1921.
Scope & Content:
The collection consists of correspondence between the Dr. and Mrs. Riddle and various botanists during their time working at the Farlow Herbarium.
Series I: Correspondence to Dr. Riddle, 1902-1922. This series consists of 1 bound volume of correspondence to Riddle from July 1902 through December 1919. The correspondence is arranged chronologically and includes letters from W.G. Farlow, Roland Thaxter, M.L. Fernald, B.L. Robinson, Alexander Evans, Bruce Fink, Nathaniel and Elizabeth Britton, and numerous other American and European botanists and botanical societies. There are also 6 loose letters dating from 1919-1922.
Series II: Correspondence to and from Mrs. Riddle. This series consists of Mrs. Riddle's correspondence with Edwin Bartram (1932-1938), A.J. Grout (1932-1939), Alexander Evans (1935), A. Leroy Andrews (1931-1937), Aaron J. Sharpe (1932), Brother Arsene (1932-1935), and M.I. Theriot (1932-1936) as well as various other correspondents.
Provinence: The collection was given to to the Farlow Herbaria by Mrs. Riddle.
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