Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany
William H. Weston, Jr. was born in New York, N.Y. in 1890 and died in August of 1978. He received a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College in 1911, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University from 1912 and 1915. He spent several years working at Western Reserve University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but returned to Harvard in 1921 as an Assistant Professor of Botany. Weston, known as "Cap" to both colleagues and graduate students, would remain an instructor in the department until his retirement in 1960. He was appointed Professor of Cryptogamic Botany in 1928 and was the chairman of the department of botany from 1927 to 1932. He was beloved by his graduate students as a humorous and inspiring teacher. Weston's skill at teaching is honored with the Mycological Society of America's William H. Weston Award for excellence in teaching, established in 1979.
After his retirement in 1960, Weston continued teaching. He worked for several years with the Elementary Science Study of Educational Services (a program for grade-school children), and also hosted a science television program for children.
Weston's expertise was also in demand from sources outside of Harvard. He consulted for corporations and also for the Quartermaster Corps of the United States Army. For his work with the Army, Weston was given the Civilian Distinguished Service Award in 1962.
Weston was the first president of the Mycological Society of America, a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Botanical Society of America, the American Phytopathological Society, and was president of the New England Botanical Club from 1931-1933.
Scope & Content:
Collection consists of correspondence, handwritten manuscript material by Weston and others, reprints, student theses, photographs, and drawings. The bulk of the materials were collected during Weston's time at Harvard (1921-1960), with additional materials relating to his activities after his retirement.
The collection is broken down into ten series.
Provenance: Some of these items were left in Dr. Weston's office in the Herbarium. The remainder were given to the Farlow by Mrs. Weston after Dr. Weston's death.
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