Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany



ROLAND THAXTER, 1858-1932
Papers, 1880-1996

 

Provenance: This collection was donated to the Farlow Reference Library by Dr. Roland Thaxter's widow, Mabel.


Access: The collection is unrestricted.


Copyright: Permission to publish materials from this collection should be discussed with the Botany Librarian.



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Roland Thaxter (1858-1932) was an American botanist, educated at Harvard University (A.B. 1882, Ph.D. 1888). During his teaching career at Harvard, he was Assistant Professor of Cryptogamic Botany 1891-1901; Professor of Cryptogamic Botany 1901-1919; and Professor Emeritus 1919-1932. He was also Honorary Curator of the Farlow Herbarium at Harvard in the 1920's. For more information about Thaxter's biography, please consult the Botany Libraries for his biographical sketches.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:

The Papers of Roland Thaxter, 1880-1996 consist of 18.75 linear feet and contain bound and unbound correspondence, notebooks, specimen lists, receipts, a commemorative birthday album, manuscript proofs, research materials, specimen photographs, and original plates and drawings of Laboulbeniales. These materials relate primarily to Thaxter's 70th birthday in 1928, his lifelong research of Laboulbeniales, his teaching and curatorial career, his professional correspondence with William G. Farlow, a field trip to South America in 1905-1906, and the publication of Contributions toward a monograph of the Laboulbeniaceae, Parts I-V. Of special interest is Thaxter's home-made device for making slide guard mounts.

 

SERIES DESCRIPTION:

There are twelve series:

Series I. 70th Birthday Album, 1928.
Series II. Bound Correspondence, ca. 1880-1930.
Series III. Correspondence, William G. Farlow, 1882-1919.
Series IV. Correspondence & Materials, South America, 1904-1908.
Series V. Correspondence, Purchase of Specimen Collections, 1889-1891, 1920-1933.
Series VI. Correspondence & Notebooks, Farlow Herbarium, 1891-1901, 1908-1932.
Series VII. General Correspondence, 1892-1932.
Series VIII. Personal, Publishing & Research Files, 1886-1931. Series IX. Photographs, ca. 1889-1916.
Series X. Notebooks, ca. 181-1931.
Series XI. Plates and Drawings, ca. 1892-1926.
Series XII. Materials about Thaxter, 1996

 

Series I. 70th Birthday Album, 1928.

Contains the album commemorating Thaxter's 70th birthday, August 28, 1928. Also includes related loose letters and cards.

 

Series II. Bound Correspondence, ca. 1880-1930.

Contains three volumes of correspondence, dated 1880-1892, 1893-1900, and 1901-1910; and thirty volumes of correspondence, arranged in alphabetical order, ca. 1888-1930.

 

Series III. Correspondence, William G. Farlow, 1882-1919.

Contains correspondence from Farlow to Thaxter. See also Bound Correspondence.

 

Series IV. Correspondence and Materials, South America, 1904-1908.

Contains correspondence, diary, lists, receipts, handbook, map, and notebook related to Thaxter's field trip to South America, 1905-1906. See also Bound Correspondence.

 

Series V. Correspondence, Purchase of Specimen Collectrions 1889-1891, 1920-1933.

Contains correspondence related to the purchase or possible purchase of specimen collections by Thaxter.

 

Series VI. Correspondence and Notebooks, Farlow Herbarium, 1891-1901, 1908-1932.

Contains correspondence and notebooks related to those matters of the Farlow Herbarium with which Thaxter was involved.

 

Series VII. General Correspondence, 1892-1932.

Contains general correspondence. See also Bound Correspondence.

 

Series VIII. Personal, Publishing, & Research Files, 1886-1931.

Contains primarily a collection of addresses, reference cards, materials from Thaxter's desk, lists of specimen, and manuscript proofs.

 

Series IX. Photographs, ca. 1889-1916.

Contains primarily photographs of Laboulbeniales.

 

Series X. Notebooks, ca. 1881-1931.

Contains primarily address books and notebooks of student grades, exams, specimen, and hosts of Laboubeniales. Also includes sketchbook which contains miscellaneous collection of Thaxter's original drawings, with brief notes.

 

Series XI. Plates and Drawings, ca. 1892-1926.

Contains primarily original drawings for the BOTANICAL GAZETTE and camera outlines for LABOULBENIALES, Part V.

 

Series XII. Materials about Thaxter, 1996

Contains materials about Thaxter but not created by him. Includes exhibit materials and other visual images.

 

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