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Job Bicknell Ellis
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Ellis's correspondence with other people increased and grew rapidly. He had early contacts with some British and European mycologists such as M. J. Berkeley, M. C. Cooke, et al. He also wrote to and exchanged specimens with collectors all over North America, having some of the major correspondences to be William G. Farlow of Harvard; Charles Peck of Albany, Henry W. Ravenel of South Carolina; Benjamin M. Everhart of Pennsylvania; and even George Washington Carver of Alabama. In 1880 Ellis began his famous association with Benjamin Matlack Everhart (1818-1904). From then majority of new fungi carried the authorship "Ellis and Everhart," along with many papers. They were so well known together that a later worker commemorated it in the genus "Elletevera" (Kaye, 39). Everhart provided Ellis access to his extensive mycological library, and financial support for general purposes and publication of NAF and North American Pyrenomycetes. Ellis didn't attend the usual scientific meetings and met few of the scientists with whom he corresponded with. There were a few exceptions such as the 1884 British Association for the Advancement of Science that met in Canada and the American Association in Pennsylvania (Kaye, 39).

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