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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 228

United States National Museum. Division of Cryptogams

Curatorial Correspondence, 1946-1951

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: United States National Museum. Division of Cryptogams
Title: Curatorial Correspondence
Dates: 1946-1951
Quantity: 1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Collection: Record Unit 228
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records are the official files of George Albert Llano as Associate Curator of the Division of Cryptogams, Department of Botany, United States National Museum, 1948-1951. Records also document Llano's scientific and personal activities. For an administrative history of the Department of Botany, see record units 220 and 226.

Records include incoming and outgoing correspondence with botanists; curators of herbaria; superintendents of national parks; departmental staff members; friends; and publishers concerning examination, identification, and reports of lichens and mosses sent to the Division; exchange of lichen collections; taxonomy; requests to attend scientific meetings; requests to loan botanical specimens from other herbaria; Llano's field work collecting lichens in arctic Alaska, 1949; publication of manuscripts; reviewing articles; personal matters pertaining to the scientific activities of friends; references to colleagues; publication problems; and problems concerning the retention of specimens by other botanists which prevented Llano from reviewing them as part of his research.

Historical Note

George Albert Llano was born in Havana, Cuba, on November 22, 1911. He attended Cornell, where he received a B.S. in 1955. Llano received his M.A. at Columbia (1939) and his Ph.D. in botany at Washington University in St. Louis (1949).

Llano was a biologist for the United States Department of Agriculture, soil conservation service, in New York from 1935 to 1937. He then taught at the Pennsylvania Military College (1940), Harvard (1943), and Washington University (1946-1948). In June 1948, Llano joined the staff of the United States National Museum, Department of Botany, as an associate curator in the Division of Cryptogams. He was to have general supervision of the lower cryptogams, excluding diatoms and fungi. In February 1951, Llano resigned from his position at the USNM in order to become an associate professor of botany at Maxwell Air Force Base. Most recently, Llano has been the program manager of the Polar Biology and Medical Offices at the National Science Foundation (1971- ).

Llano's botanical studies are concentrated on polar biology, especially lichenology and the economic uses of lichens. He received an Arctic Institute of North America fellowship (1949-1951), which is documented to some extent in these papers. Among Llano's writings is a monograph on the lichen family Umbilicariaceae as represented in the Western Hemisphere (1951), and "Utilization of Lichens in the Arctic and Subarctic." Llano is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Descriptive Entry

These papers consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence (1946-1951) that documents, in part, the history of the United States National Museum, Department of Botany, Division of Cryptogams, while George Albert Llano was an associate curator with the Division (1948-1951), as well as Llano's scientific activities and personal matters. Material includes correspondence with botanists; curators of herbaria; superintendents of national parks; departmental staff members; publishers; and friends; regarding the examination, identification, and reports of lichens and mosses sent to the Division; exchange of lichen collections; taxonomy; requests to attend scientific meetings; requests to loan botanical specimens from other herbaria; Llano's field work (1949) collecting lichens in arctic Alaska; publication of manuscripts; reviewing articles; personal matters pertaining to the scientific activities of friends; references to colleagues; publication problems; and problems concerning the retention of specimens by other botanists, which prevented Llano from reviewing them as part of his endeavors to publish.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 228, United States National Museum. Division of Cryptogams, Curatorial Correspondence

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Container List

Series 1

INCOMING AND OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE, 1946-1951. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY AND IN MOST INSTANCES CHRONOLOGICALLY THEREUNDER.

Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1946-1951. Also contains material dating back to 1916. This earlier correspondence mostly belongs to William Ralph Maxon, with some pertaining to Egbert Hamilton Walker, and should probably be interfiled with the records of the two. For description of general contents to this series, see descriptive entry at the beginning of the finding aid.

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A-C. Contains autobiography of George Albert Llano, sent to (Miss) Dana Andrews (4/3/1950).

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Anderson, R. H.

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Andrews, A. LeRoy (1950)

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Arnold, Lillian E.

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Arwidson, T. H.

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Baehni, Charles

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Baldwin, J. T.

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Benninghoff, W. S.

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Blomquist, H. L.

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Britton, Elizabeth Gertrude (1916). This belongs in William Ralph Maxon file.

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Crum, Howard Alvin (1950-1951)

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Darrow, Robert A. (1947-1949)

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Douglas, William O. (1949-1950)

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Descole, H. R.

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Dix, W. L.

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Doty, Maxwell S.

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Drouet, Francis

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Evans, Alexander Williams (1947-1950)

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Evenari, Michael

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Eyerdam, Walter J. (1947-1951)

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Eyerdam, Walter J. (1948-1951) (Accession 17-066)

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Fisher, Don C.

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Fitzpatrick, H. M.

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Frank, Robert L. (1950)

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Fulford, Margaret

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Galloe, O.

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H-M

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Hale, Mason E. Jr. (1949-1950)

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Hecht, Adolph

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Herre, Albert W. (1949-1951)

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Howe, Marshall Avery (1933-1937). Appears to belong with William Ralph Maxon papers.

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Imshauge, Henry M.

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Jones, George T.

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Jones, Joyce H. (1940-1951). Earlier material appears to be William Ralph Maxon correspondence.

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Jones, Volney H.

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Kellogg, Arthur Remington (1949-1950)

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Kew (Royal Botanic Gardens) (1948-1950). Listed under Royal Botanic Gardens for computer index.

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Kiener, Walter

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Killip, Ellsworth Paine (1949)

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King, Tom

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Koch, Leo Francis

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Kucyniak, James

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Lacy, F. Turlou (1948)

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Latham, Roy

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Lepage, Ernest

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Life Magazine (1948-1949). Contains George Albert Llano's mss. on lichens (not published by Life).

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Llano, George Albert (1948-1950). Personal personnel folder.

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Nancy Osgood Program. Radio program (1950).

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National Parks (1948)

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Ogden, E. C.

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Ownbey, Marion

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Palmer, C. Eric

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Patterson, Paul M.

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Pennell, Francis Whittier (1947-1949)

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Perez, Roman A.

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Petrak, F.

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Polunin, Nicholas

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Retzer, John L.

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Rogers, Donald P.

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Sayre, Geneva A.

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Schlatz, Albert

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Schuster, Rudolph Mathias (1950-1951)

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Schweinfurth, Charles

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Seifriz, William

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Shanor, Leland

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Sharbaro, Camillo

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Sharp, Aaron J. (1948-1950)

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Sigafoos, Robert S.

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Silverwood, Georgie A.

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Singer, Rolf

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Sipe, Frank P.

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Snell, Walter H.

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Spetzman, Lloyd (1948-1950)

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Steere, William Campbell (1940-1951). Includes William Ralph Maxon correspondence.

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Stevenson, J. A.

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Tomaselli, R.

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Torrey, Raymond H. (1933-1934). Belongs to Egbert Hamilton Walker material.

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Verdoorn, Frans (1946-1949)

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Walters, Vladimir

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Weber, Neal A.

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Weigel, Oswald

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Wright, Albert Hazen and Harry B.

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Series 2

INCOMING AND OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE, 1946-1951. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY THEREUNDER.

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Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1946-1951. For description of general contents see descriptive entry at the beginning of the finding aid. Correspondents are: Arthur Remington Kellogg, Geneva A. Sayre, Camillo Sharbaro, Georgie A. Silverwood, and Frans Verdoorn.

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