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Memorabilia and Personal Collections

 Scope and Content:

This collection contains jewelry, medals and awards, items from Dr. Rollins's desk in the Herbarium, photographs, notebooks, class notes, and record books.

 

Jewelry: (N.B. These three items stored together in a small cardboard box with blue top and white bottom.)

1. Brass (?) pendant. Figure of a golfer swinging a club on front. Back is inscribed: "Hole-in-One Medal presented by the makers of Royal Golf Balls. Shape is rectangular (overall dimensions = 2.5 cm x 2 cm), but narrow at the top (1 cm) and flaring out toward the bottom (2 cm) and then tapering in at the base (1 cm.).

2. Gold plated Phi Beta Kappa Key pendant. Front has three stars in upper left corner, Greek letters "OBK" in center and an outline of a hand with a finger pointed at the "B" in the lower right corner. The back is engraved: "Reed C. Rollins A of Wyoming 1951" at the top, scrolled s-shaped figures in the center, and "December 5, 1776" across the bottom. The main portion of the key is square (1.5 cm x 1.5 cm) while the overall dimensions which include the key top and stem are 3.5 x 1.5 cm.

3. Gold & seed pearl "S" pin identified by Kate Rollins as RCR's commemorative high school Class Salutatorian pin. Two pins are connected by a 4.5 cm gold chain. The smaller pin is gold and shaped like an open book with a capital L in the center (.5 cm x .75 cm). The other pin is gold and shaped in an S form with 13 inlayed seed pearls (1 x 75 cm). Initials "R.C.R." engraved on the back of the S.

 

Medals:

1. "VIII Congres Interal de Botanique, Paris - Nice 1954". Metal badge, gold tone with green enamel border rectangular (6.5 cm x 2 cm.). Marking on back: "DRAGO, Paris".

2. "Tenth International Botanical Congress Edinburgh 1964". Metal name-tag with "Reed C. Rollins Harvard Univ." printed by hand and inserted in center of tag. Metal badge, silver tone base with green, black and white enamel surface; thistle motif; oval shape (6.5 cm x 6 cm). Marking on back: SHELL AND B.P. SCOTLAND LTD. Fattorini & Sons, Ltd., Bradford Works, Birmingham.

3. Round brass (?) medal engraved with: "International Botanical Congress. Seattle - 1969."

Fir sprig and pine cones over XI in center. The back perimeter is ringed with a laurel wreath; the center is engraved with: "Reed Rollins National Committeeman." (6.5 cm diam.). Stored in a white card board box.

4. "Colloquia Botanicorum (top) XII (center on betula leaf design) Leningrad 1975 (bottom)". Metal badge; gold tone with white and green enamel. (3.1 cm x 3.5 cm.)

5. Bronze tone medal. Front is inscribed with "Colloquia (left side vertically) & Botanicorum (right side vertically) XII (on relief of globe over relief of a betula leaf), MCMXXV (or 1975 in upper left corner), Leningrad in lower right corner. Square shape (5.5 cm x 5.5 cm). Stored in a pink cardboard box with "[R]eed C. Rollins" typed label on top. Centered on the back is a relief of a goddess holding a vase of flowers with an urn at her left foot. Betula vines frame the goddess on either side. A small crest is engraved below her feet.

6. Another bronze tone medal with the front identical to no. 5. The back has a relief of Linneaus at the center and his name engraved below. On the left side, engraved vertically: "XXV Years International As". On the right side, engraved vertically: "Sociation for Plant Taxnmy." Stored in a faded salmon colored box.

7. "National Council of State Garden Clubs" Inscription on front perimeter of gold tone medal; relief of wild flowers in center. Inscription on back reads: "Dr. Reed C. Rollins outstanding contribution in the advancement, research and development of NCSCC 'Operation Wildflower Project' April 21, 1981." Stored in a blue presentation box with blue velvet mount and white satin top.

8. Round brass (?) medal. Front text engraved around perimeter: Michel Adanson de L'Academie Royale des Sciences. A profile portrait is in the center with the dates 1727-1806 engraved in the lower right side. It is signed Georges Guiraud. The text on the back perimeter is: Adanson Premier Voyageur Naturaliste d'Afrique Occidentale. A tree is in the center with the following text engraved at the base: "Bicentenaire des Familles des Plantes 1763 1963 Paris Aix en Provence Pittsburgh. (7.5 cm diam.). Stored in a wine colored leather presentation box with one clasp; lined in red velvet & satin.

9. Round brass (?) medal. Front is a female face surrounded by vascular & non-vascular plants. The back says: "Societe Botanique de France 1854" A tree is in the center with "1954" at the trunck. "Dr. Reed C. Rollins" is engraved below. (7 cm diam.). Stored in a wine colored leather presentation case with 2 brass clasps; lined with a red velvet base & satin top.

10. Round brass (?) medal engraved with: "James Smithson 1765 - 1829" on front perimeter; profile of Smithson in center signed "P. Vincze." On the perimeter of the back: "For the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men. Smithsonian Institution." A relief of the building is in the center and below the figure it says: "Presented at the Bicentennial of James Smithson 1765-1965." (6.5 cm diam.) Stored in white cardboard box.

11. OTS 1988 Silver Anniversary Medal (Round silver-tone medal, 7.5 cm diam. on red/white/blue ribbon. Inscription on front, perimeter - "Silver Anniversary Coral Gables, Flordia ~ San Jose, Costa Rica"; front, center - relief of a tucan (?) on a pole & "OTS 1988 June 5 - June 12" Inscription on back, perimeter - " Instruccion Investigacion Servicio Entendimento/ Instruction Research Service Understanding"; in center - OTS in relief over outline of continents of North & South America & in sphere: "Organizacion de Estudios Tropicales/Organization for Tropical Studies"

12. Name tag on parchment-like paper in plastic sleeve printed: "Dr. Reed Rollins A&S Exemplary Alum". Attached is a blue ribbon imprinted in gold with: "College of Arts & Sciences Exemplary Alum). It is accompanied by a gold-tone round medallion (4.5 cm diam.) attached to a necklace-length blue ribbon.

13. Walnut wooden plaque with brass (?) medal with portrait of Asa Gray. Perimeter reads: "A.S.P.T. Asa Gray Award." Brass plate mounted below says: "Asa Gray Award presented by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists for outstanding contributions in Systematic Botany Reed C. Rollins 1987." (Overall dimensions are 20 cm x 21 cm.; lower portion is rectangular with top part curved and arched.) N.B. Medal is loose. Accompanied by a wooden display stand.

 

Objects from Dr. Rollins's Desk:

1. Small wooden statue, German, n.d. Statue reads "Der herr Professor 'was wolt' ich dem nur?" (14.5 cm high)

2. Small laurel wreath with a green grosgrain bow, n.d. (10.5 cm diam.)

3. Small cross section of unidentified wood, circa 1956. Labeled "Botanical Society of America, 1906-1956". (7.5 cm. diam.)

4. Metal letter opener from Washington D.C., n.d. Raised picture of the capital building.

5. Marble stand with pen, 1970. Small gold plate reads "University of Wyoming Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement".

6. Hand lens on a green linen string.

 

Photographs:

1. Reed C. Rollins, Nevada, Summer 1983 sharing a meal with Jerry Tiehm and Margaret Williams.

2. Reed C. Rollins, Nevada 1983. (RR sitting)

3. Reed C. Rollins, Red Rock Canyon, n.d. (RR standing before red rocks)

4. Reed C. Rollins, Texas, 1990. (RR standing in desert)

5. Reed C. Rollins, Texas, 1990. (RR bagging specimens)

6. Reed C. Rollins, Texas, 1990. (RR standing in a field of wild flowers)

7. Reed C. Rollins, Mexico, n.d. (RR standing in the desert)

8. Reed C. Rollins, Mexico, n.d. (RR kneeling & pressing specimens)

9. Reed C. Rollins, s.l., n.d. (Mexico?)

10. Reed C. Rollins, s.l., n.d.

11. Reed C. Rollins, s.l., n.d.

Slides (The remainder of the Rollins slide collection can be accessed here)

1. Slides of Christmas celebration and family. Each slide stamped "Jan 69 RI". 22 slides.

2. Germany: Frankfurt Bomb damage, June 1954. 3 slides.

3. Trip to Austria, 1950. 6 slides.

 

Notebooks, record books, and class notes

1. 1935 - Dr. Rollins's class notes from his Ecology class. (Small beige book, 11.5 x 18.5 cm)

2. 1943 - 3 pages of notes on Lesqueralla. (9 x 16 cm)

3. 1958-1959 - Hard bound, black record book. Notes on seed germination, hybrid pollination... Table of contents is separate sheet at front of book (16.5 x 21.5 cm)

4. 1959-1960 - Hard bound, black record book. Accession record, arranged by species, not by number. Volume 1 of 2. Table of contents is separate sheet at front of book (20.5 x 25.5 cm.)

5. 1959-1960 - Hard bound, black record book. Accession record, arranged by species, not by number. Volume 2 of 2. Table of contents is separate sheet at front of book (20.5 x 25.5 cm.)

6. 1960-1961 - Hard bound, black record book. Accession record, arranged by species, not by number. Volume 1 of 2. Table of contents is separate sheet at front of book (20.5 x 25.5 cm.)

7. 1960-1961 - Hard bound, black record book. Accession record, arranged by species, not by number. Volume 2 of 2. Table of contents is separate sheet at front of book (20.5 x 25.5 cm.)

8. 1961 - - Hard bound, black record book. Accession record, arranged by species, not by number. (20.5 x 25.5 cm.)

9. 1963 - Hard bound, black record book. Lesquerella project (20.5 x 25.5 cm.)

10. 1965- Hard bound, black record book. Lesquerella project (20.5 x 25.5 cm.)

11. 1970 - Diary and record book from trips taken in 1970. Includes notes on plants, addresses, packing lists, laundry lists, expenses, directions... (13 x 18.5 cm)

12. 1975 - Green notebook. Plant and committee notes, only first 10 pages used.

 

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