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Richard A. Howard (1917-2003)
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Series Description

Container List

Series I. Field Notes
Box 1:
Notebooks containing notes from various research trips, 1940-1966

1. Small notebook containing botanical notes in French on various plants; undated, no name.
2. Small undated notebook containing a list of plant names organized by number.
3. Small composition notebook containing journal from trip to Atkins Institute, Cuba, no year given.
4. Small notebook containing notes from trip to Guatemala, no year given. Dated entries list plants found at each site, organized by number.
5. Small notebook containing notes in French from trip to Guadeloupe, 1939? Dated entries list plants found at each site, organized by number; no name.
6. Notebook containing notes from 1940 trip to Cuba, 22 Aug to 5 Sept. Spine is labeled "4000-4784 Cuba." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number.
7. Notebook containing journal and misc. notes from 1941 trip to Cienfuegos, Cuba; 31 May to 6 July.
8. Notebook containing notes from 1941 trip to Cuba, 5 June to 22 Aug. Spine is labeled "1785 - 6016 Cuba." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number. Also includes typed list of plants, letter from P.A. Munz, note with annotations.
9. Notebook containing notes from 1941 trip to Cuba, 5 June to 22 Aug. Spine is labeled "6017 - 6648 Cuba." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number.
10. Paper-covered notebook containing A. Gonzales' notes from 1942 trip to Cuba, 6 Jan to 30 Apr, with annotations and shorthand notes in RH's handwriting. Spine is labeled "CUBA - Gonzales #2 1941." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number.
11. Notebook containing notes from 1945 trip to Bimini, the Bahamas; 29 Apr to 22 May. Spine is labeled "9980 - 10295 Bimini." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number. Also includes envelopes marked with plant names, 2 photographs, and a slide.
12. Notebook containing notes on fieldwork in Florida, 23 Oct 1945 to 12 Jan 1946. Dated entries list and describe molds and fungi found at each site, organized by number.
13. Harvard Cooperative Society notebook containing notes from 1946 trip to Santo Domingo, 8 Aug to 20 Sept. Spine is labeled "8109 - 9162 Santo Domingo." Entries list and describe plants, organized by number, with some hand-drawn maps and illustrations. Also includes plant-labeling cards.
14. Paper-covered notebook containing notes from 1946 trip to Santo Domingo, 20 Sept to 8 Nov. Spine is labeled "9163 - 9967 Santo Domingo." Entries list and describe plants, organized by number. Also includes plant-labeling card, typed list of plants, and letter from H.K. Svenson with advice on plant identification.
15. Small notebook containing Elizabeth Howard's journal from 1948 trip to Bimini, the Bahamas; 28 Apr to 22 May. Labeled on spine "Bimini Diary."
16. Notebook containing notes from 1950 trip to Trinidad and the Grenadines, 9 Feb to 19 Mar. Spine is labeled "10301 - 10973 Trinidad & the Grenadines." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number. Also includes plant-labeling cards, letter from C. Brant.
17. Notebook containing notes from 1950 trip to Grenadines and St. Lucia, 20 Mar to 7 May. Spine is labeled "10975 - 11601 Grenadines & St. Lucia." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number. Also includes plant-labeling cards, typed lists of plants, dried plant specimens, hand-drawn map, page from book of poems.
18 Notebook containing notes from 1950 trip to St. Lucia and Lesser Antilles, 9 May to 3 Aug. Labeled on spine "11602 - 12339 St. Lucia & Lesser Antilles." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number.
19. Paper-covered notebook containing notes from trips to Beata Island (Dominican Republic) and Puerto Rico, 7 to 29 Aug 1950; Alabama and Florida, 3 Jul to 9 Aug 1952; Rogue Island [Maine?], Aug ? 1953. Spine is labeled "12500 - 12604 / 12901 - 13125 Beata Isl." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number.
20. Small cloth-covered notebook containing Peter Kamb's notes from a 1951 trip to the Atkins Institute in Cuba and Honduras, 31 June to 23 Aug, with brief annotations in RH's handwriting. Spine is labeled "Kamb 2026 - 2174." Includes dated entries that describe plants found at each site, as well as maps and diagrams of manufacturing processes.
21. Notebook containing notes from 1951 trip to Cuba, 3 Jul to 3 Aug. Spine is labeled "Howard, Briggs, Kamb, Lane, et. al. / no. 1 - 582 Cuba." Dated entries, by RH and colleagues, list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number. Also includes typed list of Caribbean ferns, dried plant specimen in paper wrapper with typed label.
22. Notebook containing Winslow Briggs' notes from 1951 trip to Honduras, 6-9 Aug 1951, with annotations and brief notes in RH's handwriting. Front cover is labeled "Briggs (?) 583 - 682." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number.
23. Notebook containing notes from 1953-54 trip to Jamaica, 22 Dec to 21 Sept. Spine is labeled "13300-14012 1953-54." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number and also includes typed lists of plants.
24. Notebook containing notes from various trips to Jamaica, 21 Sept 1954 to 20 Sept 1956. Spine is labeled "Jamaica 1954 14013-14910." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number; transect charts, list of plants. Also includes typed list of plants, plant-labeling cards, leaf.
25. Small notebook containing notes from 1958 trip to Jamaica, 8-24 Jan. Spine is labeled "14911 - 15210 Jamaica." Dated entries list plants found at each site, organized by number. Also includes various slips with addresses, directions, expenses, and a list of Jamaican plants.
26. Notebook containing notes from 1959-60 trip to Florida, Grand Cayman, Homestead Experiment Station; 27 Dec to 19 Jan. Labeled on spine "14911 - 15074 Florida, / Grand Cayman & Homestead / Experiment. Station." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number; transect charts.
27. Notebook containing notes from various trips to Montserrat, Hawaii, St. Croix, Curaçao, Mauritius, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Australia, Venezuela, Florida; also Weston, MA area; 5 Jan 1961 to 25 Mar 1966. Labeled on spine "15076 - 16108 Montserrat, / Hawaii, St. Croix, Curacao." Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number. Also includes plant-labeling cards, typed list of plants, letter, note on paper napkin.

Box 2:
Notebooks containing notes from various research trips, 1966-1998

1. Notebook containing notes from various trips, 3 Jul 1966 to 13 Dec 1968: Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, College Park MD; Star Island, NH; The Kampong, FL; Columbus, OH; also Weston, MA area. Spine is labeled "Puerto Rico 1966-68 16109-17221" Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number. Also includes typed lists of plants, letter, plant-labeling cards, drawing.
2. Notebook containing notes from various trips, 2 Mar 1979 to 3 Apr 1982: Barbados, Grenada, Martinique, Montserrat, Guadeloupe. Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number; notes on Soufrière volcano.
3. Notebook containing notes from various trips, 22 Jan 1985 to 5 Feb 1988: St. Lucia, Montserrat, Anguilla, Hawaii, Jamaica. Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number.
4. Notebook containing notes from various trips, 10 Dec 1989 to 10 Mar 1998: Saba, St. Martin, St. Maarten, St. Vincent; The Kampong, FL. Dated entries list and describe plants found at each site, organized by number. Also includes plant-labeling cards, dried plant specimens.

Series II. Eponyms Project
Box 3:
7 binders with notes on unpublished project to list name and information for every plant in the world named after a person.

Box 4:
Notes, articles, computer disks

Series III. Artifacts
Box 5:
9 unidentified seed pods (Caution- pod with stick has spines)

Box 6:
Box of square slide cover slips
Box of circular cover slips
Metal spatula
Unidentified metal tool
Scissors
2 awls
Sea shell
Hand refractometer in case
Hand refractometer user's guide
Unidentified seed pod
2 small metal screw-top containers

Box 7:
Glass beaker containing a vanilla bean
Slide case containing 1 slide labeled "XXI Micrometer 2 mm in 200 parts"
Case containing 2 eyedroppers, 2 sets of tweezers, 1 scalpel, 2 dissecting probes
Enlargement/ reduction percentage calculator
U.S Army pocket can opener
6" ruler
wooden box containing unidentified magnifying instrument
Free-standing magnifying glass
Sharpening stone in wooden case
Light meter in leather case
Microscopic section cutter in case
Misc. currency from the Republic of Pakistan
Small screw-top container with compass
Small whisk broom
Audio tape, "Sounds of P[uerto] Rico"

Box 8:
3 etched plates of botanical illustrations
Sling psychrometer in case
Thermometer in case

Box 9:
3 12" rulers
10 mm metal ruler
Sea horse
Mars Staedtler pencil case containing 9 nibs, 3 ink pens, 1 small brush
Package of Air Mail labels
Magnifying glass
Guest token, Harvard Glass Flowers
Free-standing magnifying glass
3 forceps
2 scalpels
File
2 dissecting probes
Metal stencil
Velvet booksnake
Triangular ruler
180° metal protractor
Caliper
Large fish tooth
Unidentified tool- metal and ivory or bone
1 etched botanical illustration plate

Series IV. Lesser Antilles Plates
Boxes 10-11:
Plates and proofs for the work Flora of the Lesser Antilles : Leeward and Windward Islands published by the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, 1974-1989.

Series V. Bill Gillis Papers
Box 12:
Papers and correspondence relating to unpublished manuscript by Bill Gillis, Lectotypification of Names in the Bahama Flora

Series VI. Photographs of Plants

Monocotyledons: Photographs 1970-1979

Dicotyledons: Photographs 1970-1979

Series VII. Miscellaneous Papers
Box 12: Harvard Botanical Garden articles
Several items relating to the Atkins Institution at Soledad, Cuba: letter to RH from Bill Clench 6/17/75, cartoon, labeled photograph (see also RH's "Reminiscences" of Soledad)
Letter from RH to Dr. William R Buck at the NY Botanical Garden, 5/16/91
Map of St. Vincent
Miscellaneous undated photographs of RH

Box 13:
8 botanical prints

Series VIII. Biographical Information
Box 4:
List of published works, articles, photographs

Box 4a:
2 videos and 2 cassette tapes of interview conducted at the Harvard University Herbaria, 15 April 1993

 

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