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

Record Unit 7430

Blake, S. F. (Sidney Fay), 1892-1959

Sydney Fay Blake Papers, 1909-1960

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Blake, S. F. (Sidney Fay), 1892-1959
Title: Sydney Fay Blake Papers
Dates: 1909-1960
Quantity: 0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Collection: Record Unit 7430
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This collection contains some of Blake's professional and personal correspondence. He corresponded with many botanists and herbarists concerning the identification, naming, and exchange of specimens. The collection also contains administrative correspondence concerning Blake's position at USDA and substantial correspondence with family and friends. Additional materials include Blake's salutatory address at Stoughton (Mass.) High School; the 1912 Harvard University Commencement Program; newspaper clippings; an account of Blake's trip to London during World War I; and photographs of Blake, his wife Doris Holmes Blake, and family and colleagues.

Historical Note

Sydney Fay Blake (1892-1959) was born in Stoughton, Massachusetts. He studied systematic botany at Harvard, receiving his B.A. in 1912, his M.A. in 1913, and his Ph.D. in Botany in 1917. He began work as a Botanist at the Bureau of Plant Industry of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1917 and worked there until his death. He published a number of botanical works and was writing the second volume of his Flora of the World at the time of his death.

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Introduction

This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.

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Descriptive Entry

This collection contains some of Blake's professional and personal correspondence. He corresponded with many botanists and herbarists concerning the identification, naming, and exchange of specimens. The collection also contains administrative correspondence concerning Blake's position at USDA and substantial correspondence with family and friends. Additional materials include Blake's salutatory address at Stoughton (Mass.) High School; the 1912 Harvard University Commencement Program; newspaper clippings; an account of Blake's trip to London during World War I; and photographs of Blake, his wife Doris Holmes Blake, and family and colleagues.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7430, Sydney Fay Blake Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 A

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Folder 2 B

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Folder 3 C

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Folder 4 D

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Folder 5 E

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Folder 6 F

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Folder 7 G

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Folder 8 H

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Folder 9 J

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Folder 10 L

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Folder 11 M

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Folder 12 P

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Folder 13 S

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Folder 14 W

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Folder 15 Miscellaneous Correspondence, Clippings, and Genealogical Information

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Folder 16 Salutatory Address, 1909

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Folder 17 Harvard Graduation Program, 1912

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Folder 18 Newspaper Clippings

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Folder 19 Photographs

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Folder 20 Calendar Pictures of Massachusetts

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Folder 21 Account of Trip to England

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