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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 224

United States National Museum. Division of Plants

Records, 1902-1922

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: United States National Museum. Division of Plants
Title: Records
Dates: 1902-1922
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (2 record storage boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 224
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records contain official outgoing letterpress correspondence of Paul Carpenter Standley while Assistant Curator of the Division of Plants, United States National Museum, 1909-1922, regarding identification, examination, and reports on specimens sent to the Division; exchange and purchase of national collections; explorations and collecting expeditions; and botanical studies by Standley and other botanists. The records also include letterpress copies of manuscripts.

Historical Note

Paul Carpenter Standley, botanist, was born in Avalon, Missouri, on March 21, 1884. He attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, then transferred to New Mexico State College, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in 1907 and 1909. While at New Mexico State College, Standley was an assistant in botany and an assistant botanist at the Agricultural Experiment Station.

On June 1, 1909, Standley accepted an appointment as an assistant curator, Division of Plants, United States National Museum. He became an associate curator of the Division on May 15, 1923. In May 1928, Standley resigned from the USNM to work for the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago), where he stayed until his retirement in 1950. Standley continued with his field work until 1956. He moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 1957, remaining there until his death on June 2, 1963.

Standley's main interests of study were the flora of tropical North America and Andean South America. Among his some 260 publications, Standley wrote Trees and Shrubs of Mexico and Flora of Costa Rica.

Standley collaborated with Frederick Vernon Coville, honorary curator, United States National Herbarium, to complete the volumes on the plants of Alaska for the Harriman series, which were never published. This work and related correspondence are in this collection.

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Descriptive Entry

Material contains official outgoing letterpress correspondence from Paul Carpenter Standley, United States National Museum, Division of Plants, 1902-1922, regarding identification, examination, and reports of specimens sent to the Division; exchange and purchase of national collections; explorations and collecting expeditions; botanical studies of Standley and other botanists; and letterpress copies of manuscripts.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 224, United States National Museum. Division of Plants, Records

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Container List

Series 1

OFFICIAL OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE, PAUL CARPENTER STANDLEY, 1902-1922. BOUND. INDEXED.

Outgoing letterpress correspondence. July 1902-November 1922. Indexed. 6 volumes. Letterpress books contain information regarding the identification, examination, and reports of specimens sent to the Division of Plants; exchange or purchase of botanical collections; botanical studies of Paul Carpenter Standley and other botanists; copies of Standley articles for publication and manuscripts; copies of articles sent to Standley for USNM publication; explorations and collecting expeditions. Of special note is material on Standley and Frederick Vernon Coville's attempts to complete the volumes on plants of Alaska for the Harriman series, which were never published (1920); Standley's work on Mexican trees and shrubs (1920-1921); on the flora of Central America and Panama (1921); and on Standley's trip to El Salvador and Guatemala (1922). Volume one contains some correspondence from Joseph Nelson Rose, assistant curator, Division of Plants, and W. W. Eggleston.

Box 1

Letterpress volumes: July 1902 - December 1915

Box 1 of 2

Letterpress volumes: February 1920 - November 1922

Box 1 of 2

Below is a partial list of recipients.

Ames, Oakes

Box 1 of 2

Archer, William Andrew

Box 1 of 2

Arthur, Joseph Charles

Box 1 of 2

Britton, Nathaniel Lord

Box 1 of 2

Barnhart, John Hendley

Box 1 of 2

Bartram, Edwin Bunting

Box 1 of 2

Calderon, Don Salvador

Box 1 of 2

Claude-Joseph, Frere

Box 1 of 2

Cockerell, Theodore D. A.

Box 1 of 2

Conzatti, Cassiano

Box 1 of 2

Coville, Frederick Vernon

Box 1 of 2

Davidson, Anstruther

Box 1 of 2

Fairchild, David Grandison

Box 1 of 2

Greenman, Jesse M.

Box 1 of 2

Hall, Harvey Monroe

Box 1 of 2

Hammond, Howard S.

Box 1 of 2

Holzinger, John M.

Box 1 of 2

Mackenzie, Kenneth M.

Box 1 of 2

Maxon, William Ralph

Box 1 of 2

Millspaugh, Charles Frederick

Box 1 of 2

Murrill, William Alphonso

Box 1 of 2

Pennell, Francis Whittier

Box 1 of 2

Prain, David

Box 1 of 2

Robinson, Benjamin Lincoln

Box 1 of 2

Rowlee, Williard W.

Box 1 of 2

Rydberg, Per Axel

Box 1 of 2

Sargent, Charles Sprague

Box 1 of 2

Schulz, Ellen D.

Box 1 of 2

Small, John Kunkel

Box 1 of 2

Smith, John Donnell

Box 1 of 2

Thornber, John James

Box 1 of 2

Tonduz, Adolpho

Box 1 of 2

Trelease, William

Box 1 of 2

Urban, Ignatius

Box 1 of 2

Whitford, Harry N.

Box 1 of 2

Wilson, Percy

Box 1 of 2

Wooten, Elmer O.

Box 1 of 2

Series 2

MANUSCRIPTS, UNDATED. BOUND.

Box 1

Manuscripts. Undated. Bound. 2 volumes. Letterpress books containing copies of Paul Carpenter Standley's Chenopodiales, which consists of Chenopodiaceae, Amaranthaceae, and Allioniaceae.

Box 1 of 2

Series 3

COPIES OF LETTERPRESS CORRESPONDENCE AND MANUSCRIPTS.

Box 2

Copies of letterpress correspondence, 1902-1914 (originals in Series 1)

Box 2 of 2

Copies of letterpress manuscripts (originals in Series 2)

Box 2 of 2