Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany


Eliza Beulah Blackford (1847-1935)
Papers

 

Biography:

Eliza B. Blackford* was born Eliza P. Larsh in Eaton, Ohio in 1847*. She was educated in the public schools there and married a classmate. Her husband became a minister and they moved to Boston where she began to study drawing and painting under the best teachers at the "Museum School". When she graduated, she had pupils of her own and was a substitute teacher at the school. Eventually she joined the staff of the Museum of Fine Arts where she stayed until her retirement in 1925.

She travelled abroad and read French, German and Italian. She took a great interest in Botany, particularly, fungi. Besides her work at the Museum School, she was President of the Boston Mycological Club for several years and had four mushrooms named for her by Prof. Peck of NY. She also belonged to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the Boston Malacological (sp.) Society, the Copley Society, and the Ramblers Group of the Field and Forest Club. She died in January 1935 after a short illness, and left paintings and specimens to the Farlow Herbarium.

* Biographical information taken from a letter by Sarah B. Pierce of the Boston Mycological Club (April 24, 1847).

* According to a family Bible, her birthdate was April 24, 1847, while other articles give her birth as 1849.

 

Scope & Content Note:

The Blacford collection consists of correspondence dating from 1901-1934, scrapbooks, notebooks, paintings & prints, photographs, many spore prints, and items relating to the Boston Mycological Club. These items mainly deal with her interest in mycology and different species of fungi.

 

Series Description:

Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Scrapbook, Notes, & Notebooks
Series III: Spore Prints
Series IV: Paintings, Prints, & Drawings
Series V: Photographs
Series VI: Boston Mycological Club
Series VII: Related Items

 

Provenence: Unknown

 

Container List:

Series I: Correspondence

Box 1:
Correspondence A-KA
Box 2: Correspondence KB-Z

Carton 1:
Folder 1 - Correspondence to Miss Allen, 1913 (1 item)
Folder 2 - Correspondence to Eliza Beulah Blackford, 1901-1916 (6 items)
Folder 3 - Correspondence to Eliza Beulah Blackford, 1920-1924 (8 items)
Folder 4 - Correspondence to Eliza Beulah Blackford, 1925 (4 items)
Folder 5 - Correspondence to Eliza Beulah Blackford, 1926 (8 items)
Folder 6 - Correspondence to Eliza Beulah Blackford, 1927-1928 (8 items)
Folder 7 - Correspondence to Eliza Beulah Blackford, 1929-1931 (11 items)
Folder 8 - Correspondence to Eliza Beulah Blackford, 1932-1933 (5 items)
Folder 9 - Correspondence to Eliza Beulah Blackford, 1934 (10 items)
Folder 10 - Correspondence to Eliza Beulah Blackford, undated (9 items)
Folder 11 - Correspondence to Eliza Beulah Blackford, undated (9 items)
Folder 12 - Correspondence to Eliza Beulah Blackford, undated (9 items)

Series II: Scrapbook, Notes, & Notebooks

Carton 1:
Folder 13 - Scrapbook, n.d.
Folder 14 - Items from scrapbook, misc. dates (12 items)
Folder 15 - Items from scrapbook, misc. dates (12 items)
Folder 16 - Items from scrapbook, misc. dates (12 items)
Folder 17 - Notes on Mycology, 1934 (16 sheets)
Folder 18 - Notes on Mycology - A Truffle Hunter, undated (1 article)
Folder 19 - Notes on Mycology - Irritant Muscaria, poisoning..., undated (12 sheets)
Folder 20 - Notes on Mycology (also addresses) - index cards, undated
Folder 21 - Notes on Mycology - index cards, undated
Folder 22 - Notes on Mycology - index cards, undated
Folder 23 - Notes on mushroom poisoning - index cards and clippings (20 items)
Folder 24 - Notes on various mycological subjects
Folder 25 - Notes on various mycological subjects
Folder 26 - Notes on various mycological subjects
Folder 27 - Notes on various mycological subjects
Folder 28 - Notes on various mycological subjects
Folder 29 - Notes on various mycological subjects
Folder 30 - Notes on various mycological subjects
Folder 31 - Notes on various mycological subjects
Folder 32 - Notes on various mycological subjects
Folder 33 - Notes on dried specimens and paintings, Feb. 1934 (24 items)
Folder 34 - Notebook - List of specimens (EMPTY)
Folder 35 - Notebook- List of publications, undated
Folder 36 - Notebook - Notes on fungi, undated
Folder 37 - Notebook, Specimen notes on fungi, 1898
Folder 38 - Notebook - Miscellaneous notes on mycology
Folder 39 - Notebook - Miscellaneous notes on botany

Series III: Spore Prints

Carton 1:
Folder 40 & 41- Spore Prints, unmounted A's
Folder 42 - Spore Prints, unmounted B's
Folder 43-46 - Spore Prints, unmounted C's
Folder 47 - Spore Prints, unmounted E's
Folder 48 - Spore Prints, unmounted F's
Folder 49 - Spore Prints, unmounted G's & H's
Folder 50 - Spore Prints, unmounted H's & I's
Folder 51 & 52 - Spore Prints, unmounted L's
Folder 53 - Spore Prints, unmounted M's & N's
Folder 54-56 - Spore Prints, unmounted P's
Folder 57 - Spore Prints, unmounted R's
Folder 58 - Spore Prints, unmounted S's & T's && U's
Folder 59-61 - Spore prints, mounted
Folder 62 - Spore prints, unidentified

Series IV: Paintings, Prints, & Drawings

Box 3 Blackford Paintings I. Agaricus - Boletinus, paintings 1-74
Box 4 Blackford Paintings II. Boletus - Collybia, paintings 75-185
Box 5 Blackford Paintings III. Coprinus - Hydnum, paintings 186-280
Box 6 Blackford Paintings IV. Hygrophorus - Lactarius, paintings 281-386
Box 7 Blackford Paintings IV. Lentinus - Pleurotus, paintings 387-491
Box 8 Blackford Paintings VI. Pluteus - Xylaria, paintings 492-605 and unnamed species index

Carton 2
Folder 1 - Boxed original watercolors, unlabeled. Mostly fungi. (10 Items)
Folder 2 - Boxed original watercolors, unlabeled. Mostly fungi. (10 Items)
Folder 3 - v. 12, Giftigen Pilze fold out book of 95 color illustrations.
Folder 4 - v. 13, Giftigen Pilze fold out book of 96 color illustrations.
Folder 5 - 26 - Original watercolors from folder. Mostly fungi, approximate dates 1907-1932. Prints indicate some or all may have been matted at one time. There are traces of tape left on backs. (113 Items)
Folder 27 - Magazine photo originally matted. Title: Gathering matsudake mushrooms among the hills near Kyoto. Handwritten note at bottom of print: "Repr. By Prof. Edw. Morse of Salem and given to me by Margaret Brooke his secretary".
Folder 28 - Blackford painting. Small painting sketch of fungi, unlabeled.
Folder 29 - Mounted ink print. Botanical Gazette 1893. Plate 1A. Thaxter on Phallogasten Saecatus. Seven drawings on one plate. Verso side - two drawings. Phallogaster Saecatus Morg.
Folder 30 - Originally framed watercolor. Blackford painting. Original by Blackford. Leotia chlorocephala. On back of painting: Pugatory Swamp. Ellis Mass. Aug. 28, 1904.
Folder 31-37 - Book of watercolor drawings labeled: Unfinished mushrooms, 1933 & others unmounted. E.B. Blackford. Most labeled on front or back. Some have descriptions and/or place notes on back. (34 Items)
Folder 38 - Drawing book labeled: E.B. Blackford, M.F.A. S.D.P. Contains one pencil drawing labeled "pallidus" and one watercolor labeled "Fistulina hepatica. Lena. Sept."

 

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