Sidney 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. These papers consist of S. F. 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.


  • Blake, Doris Holmes 1892-1978
  • United States Department of Agriculture



Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1880
  • 1880-1921
  • c 1880-1921


  • Plants
  • Botany


  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions
  • Clippings
  • Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA Acc. 00-076

Physical description

0 cu. ft

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