Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany
George Edward Morris was born in England, February 25, 1853, and died at Waltham, Massachusetts on July 5, 1916. He came to the United States at an early age, grew up in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and graduated from the Boston Normal Art School. He taught drawing in the public schools of Waltham up to the time of his death.
Mr. Morris was interested in all phases of natural science. He became especially interested in botany through his art work and the use of plants as a basis for design. He studied botany at the Martha's Vineyard Summer School and at the Teachers' School of Science in Boston. His herbarium took the form of sketches of plants in watercolor. Morris became interested in mushrooms in the late 1890s and he devoted his spare time during the warmer months for the remainder of his life very largely to collecting, studying, and drawing them. About 1100 portraits of the fleshy fungi remain in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem today.
Morris was a member of the Boston Society of Natural History, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the New England Botanical Club, and, at the time of his death, was serving as vice-president of the Boston Mycological Club. He was described as "active, energetic, genial, with a keen sense of humor, a joy in the out-of-doors, a wide acquaintance with plant and animal life, he was a most enjoyable companion and a scientific force in the community."
Scope & Content:
Collection consists of 1 bound volume of correspondence to Mr. Morris. The major correspondent is C.H. Peck. Other corespondents include; G.F. Atkinson, G.S. Burlingham, S.H. Burnham, E.A. Burt, S. Davis, E.J. Durand, C.H. Kauffman, C.G. Lloyd, J. Morge, and F.W. Patterson.
Provenance: This bound volume was discovered at the back of Mrs. E. B. Blackford's cabinet.
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