SIA RU007356, Cowan, Richard S. 1921-1997, Richard Sumner Cowan Papers, circa 1952-1985 and undated

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Summary

Creator:
Cowan, Richard S. 1921-1997
Title:
Richard Sumner Cowan Papers, circa 1952-1985 and undated
Dates:
1952, 1952-1985, circa 1952-1985 and undated
Notes:
Richard Sumner Cowan (1921- ), a systematic botanist specializing in neotropical flora, received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1952. From 1952 to 1957, he served as Assistant Curator at the New York Botanical Garden. Cowan joined the United States National Museum (USNM) in 1957 when he was appointed Associate Curator in the Department of Botany. In 1962, he was appointed Assistant Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), and, in 1965, Director. Cowan retired from administration in 1973 and resumed his research as a Senior Botanist at NMNH. He remained in the position until his retirement in 1985. Cowan's primary research interest is the systematics of legumes in tropical America
Summary:
This collection documents Cowan's career as a systematic botanist at the New York Botanical Garden, USNM, and NMNH. Included is incoming and outgoing correspondence concerning the identification of specimens, the preparation of scientific papers and monographs, and professional activities; a subject file mostly documenting his research; and files relating to his work as Secretary of the National Committee of the International Botanical Congress, 1969
For additional materials documenting Cowan's botanical research and administrative career at NMNH, see Record Units 155, 197, and 9501
Topic:
Botany
Subjects:
Cowan, Richard S. 1921-1997, National Committee of the International Botanical Congress, New York Botanical Garden, National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Botany, United States National Museum, Columbia University, National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Assistant Director, International Botanical Congress (1969)
Form/Genre:
Mixed archival materials, Collection descriptions
Local Number:
SIA RU007356
Physical Description:
2.5 linear meters

Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 7356

Cowan, Richard S,1921-

Richard S. Cowan Papers, circa 1952-1985 and undated

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Cowan, Richard S,1921-
Title: Richard S. Cowan Papers
Dates: circa 1952-1985 and undated
Quantity: 2.5 linear meters.
Collection: Record Unit 7356
Language of Materials: English

Historical Note

Richard Sumner Cowan (1921- ), a systematic botanist specializing in neotropical flora, received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1952. From 1952 to 1957, he served as Assistant Curator at the New York Botanical Garden. Cowan joined the United States National Museum (USNM) in 1957 when he was appointed Associate Curator in the Department of Botany. In 1962, he was appointed Assistant Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), and, in 1965, Director. Cowan retired from administration in 1973 and resumed his research as a Senior Botanist at NMNH. He remained in the position until his retirement in 1985. Cowan's primary research interest is the systematics of legumes in tropical America.

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Descriptive Entry

This collection documents Cowan's career as a systematic botanist at the New York Botanical Garden, USNM, and NMNH. Included are incoming and outgoing correspondence concerning the identification of specimens, the preparation of scientific papers and monographs, and professional activities; a subject file mostly documenting his research; and files relating to his work as Secretary of the National Committee of the International Botanical Congress, 1969.

For additional materials documenting Cowan's botanical research and administrative career at NMNH, see Record Units 155, 197, and 9501.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7356, Cowan, Richard S,1921-, Richard S. Cowan Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 A

Box 1 of 6

Folder 2 AIBS (American Institute of Biological Sciences) Washington Council

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Folder 3 Annual Reports

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Folder 4 Archives Committee

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Folder 5 Aristiguieta, Dr. Leandro

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Folder 6 Arnold Arboretum Visiting Committee

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Folder 7 ASPT (American Society of Plant Taxonomists)

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Folder 8 B

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Folder 9 The Bean Bag (newsletter)

Box 1 of 6

Folder 10 Botanical Congress (International)

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Folder 11 The Botanical Society

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Folder 12 Brenan, Dr. J. Patrick M.

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Folder 13 C

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Folder 14 D

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Folder 15 Dugand, Dr. Armando

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Folder 16 Dwyer, Dr. John D.

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Folder 17 E

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Folder 18 F

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Folder 19 G

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Folder 20 Grants

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Folder 21 H

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Folder 22 Howard, Richard A.

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Folder 23 I

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Folder 24 ICSEB, correspondence

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Folder 25 ICSEB - II

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Folder 26 Irwin, H.S.

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Folder 27 J

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Folder 28 K

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Folder 29 Keck, David D.

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Folder 30 Klawe, W. L.

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Folder 31 L

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Folder 32 Leonard, J. (Address to Residence)

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Folder 33 M

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Folder 34 Maguire, Bassett

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Box 2

Folder 1 Mason, Herbert

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Folder 2 NYBG Botany Committee

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Folder 3 Moldenke, H. N.

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Folder 4 Monachino, J.

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Folder 5 Mathias, Mildred E.

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Folder 6 McVaugh, Rogers

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Folder 7 Mohlenbrock, Robert

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Folder 8 N

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Folder 9 O

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Folder 10 Organization for Flora Neotropica

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Folder 11 P

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Folder 12 Q

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Folder 13 R

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Folder 14 Rickett, Dr. H. W.

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Folder 15 Rollins, Reed C.

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Folder 16 S

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Folder 17 Schultes, Richard E.

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Folder 18 Smith, A. C.

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Folder 19 Stafleu, Frans

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Folder 20 Stearn, William T.

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Folder 21 Stern, William L.

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Folder 22 Steyermark, Julian A.

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Folder 23 St. John, Dr. Harold

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Folder 24 T

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Box 3

Folder 1 TL-2

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Folder 2 TL-2

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Folder 3 U

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Folder 4 V

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Folder 5 Wilbur, Robert

Box 3 of 6

Folder 6 Wood, Carroll E.

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Folder 7 Wurdack, John J.

Box 3 of 6

Folder 8 W

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Folder 9 XYZ

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Folder 10 A-R General File 1981- 1984

Box 3 of 6

Folder 11 S-Z General File

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Folder 12 Leslie Watson, old material

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Folder 13 Miscellaneous - Administrative

Box 3 of 6

Folder 14 Miscellaneous - Botanical Societies

Box 3 of 6

Folder 15 Legume Meetings

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Box 4

Folder 1 Correlation (Vegetation-Ore)

Box 4 of 6

Folder 2 Cowan Personal Papers, 1951-1969

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Folder 3 Cowan Personal Papers, 1970-1979

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Folder 4 Cowan Personal Papers, 1980-1982

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Folder 5 Cowan Personal Papers, 1983

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Folder 6 Cowan Personal Papers, 1984

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Folder 7 Cowan Personal Papers, 1985

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Folder 8 Library (Liasion) Committee

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Folder 9 FNA

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Folder 10 Photographic Lists (copies)

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Folder 11 Policy/Planning

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Folder 12 SRF - 460102

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Folder 13 SRF - Grant (SRF - 450102) (SIR Award)

Box 4 of 6

Box 5

Folder 1 Directory of Scientists in the National Museum of Natural History

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Folder 2 Identifications

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Folder 3 Cowan, Dr. R. S. (Pers. File) 5 Purch. Trans. 1965 thru (1975)

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Folder 4 Cowan, Dr. R. S. (Pers. File) 2 Res. & Pub. 1968

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Folder 5 Personal & Travel - 1981

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Folder 6 Cowan, Dr. R. S. (Pers. File) 5 Purch. Trans. 1964 & Earlier

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Folder 7 Cowan, Dr. R. S. (Personal File) 1 General Correspondence 1969- .

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Folder 8 Cowan, Dr. R. S. (Pers. File) 1 General Correspondence 1968 & Earlier

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Folder 9 Cowan, Dr. R. S. (Pers. File) 6 Clubs - General

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Folder 10 Cowan, Dr. R. S. (Pers. File) 6-2 TORCH CLUB

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Folder 11 FNA

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Folder 12 Travel, 1973

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Folder 13 Travel, 1975

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Folder 14 Travel, 1976

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Folder 15 Travel, 1977

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Folder 16 Travel, 1978

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Folder 17 Travel, 1979

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Folder 18 Travel, 1980

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Folder 19 Travel, 1981

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Folder 20 Plant Press, 1982

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Folder 21 Plant Press, 1981

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Folder 22 Plant Press, 1980

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Folder 23 Plant Press, 1979

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Folder 24 Plant Press, 1978

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Folder 25 Plant Press, 1977

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Folder 26 Plant Press, 1976

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Folder 27 Plant Press, 1973-1975

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Folder 28 Personnel (Memos, 171 Forms)

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Folder 29 Post-Doc Program

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Folder 30 Requisition

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Folder 31 Loans In or Out

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Folder 32 "Wash. Biol. Field Club"

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Folder 33 Workmen's Compensation

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Folder 34 Boletin Botanico Latinoamericano

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Folder 35 Flora Venezuela Leguminosae - Caesalpinioideae

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Box 6

Folder 1 AIBS - Congress Relations (AIBS - USNC)

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Folder 2 Finance (General)

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Folder 3 Grants (Non-Federal)

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Folder 4 Publications - Newsletter

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Folder 5 IBC - NC Membership

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Folder 6 USNC - Meeting Correspondence, general

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Folder 7 IBC - INC

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Folder 8 Executive Committee Minutes

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Folder 9 Stamp Comm. (Symbol File)

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Folder 10 Publications - Notices of IBC

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Folder 11 Publications - Circulars, Registration Form

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Folder 12 Vice Presidents

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Folder 13 International Relations - PL-480 Support (General)

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Folder 14 Grants - Federal - Agencies

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Folder 15 USNC - Minutes of Meetings

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Folder 16 IBC (Blank Letterhead Paper)

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Folder 17 Bureau of Nomenclature

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Folder 18 Mailing Lists

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Folder 19 Society Participation

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Folder 20 Publications - Proceedings, Programs, Abstracts (Sales of)

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Folder 21 Financial Statements

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Folder 22 Proposals National Science Foundation (NSF) - Grant

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Folder 23 International Relations

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Folder 24 Congress Organization

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Folder 25 IBC Administrative (Correspondence)

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