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Record Group 4
DR. EUGENE JABLONSKI RECORDS (1959-1973)
2.5 linear feet (5 boxes)
Eugene Jablonski (1892-1975) was a trained geologist and botanist. After
a professional career as an oil geologist, he was named Honorary Curator
of Tropical Botany in 1960 at The New York Botanical Garden. His field
of concentration was the Euphorbiaceae and he reorganized the Garden's
collections of Euphorbiaceae, an undertaking that took ten years.
He determined the Euphorbiaceae in the reports on The Botany
of the Guayana Highland. An expert cartographer, he prepared the maps
of the Rock Garden and the Native Plant Garden.
Jablonski received his Ph.D. degree in Botany, Geopaleontology, and
Cosmography in 1914 from the University of Budapest. In 1915, he published
a monograph of the Bridelieae. He assisted Dr. Ferdinand Pax at
the University of Leipzig with the treatment of Euphorbiaceae for
Engler's Das Pflanzenreich (1916).
During World War I, Dr. Jablonski was arrested as a spy while doing
geological field work. He was drafted into the Austrian Imperial Tyrolean
Chasseur Regiment and sent to the Russian front. He was captured and imprisoned
by the Russians but he escaped and returned to Hungary. In 1918 he was
named to the Hungarian Royal Geological Institute.
In the midst of the Hungarian counter-revolution, Jablonski and his
wife escaped to Poland. There he joined the staff of the Galicya Oil Company
Czechovice. In 1927 he transferred to the Vacuum Oil Company (a subsidiary
of Standard Oil of New York and eventually part of Mobil Oil) and moved
to the United States. As a field geologist he traveled extensively. In
1938 he became a citizen of the United States.
Jablonski completed a "Revision of Trigonostemon (Euphorbisceae)
of Malaya, Sumatra and Borneo" in 1962. In 1963 he was honored by the University
of Budapest with the award of Doctor Honoris Causa. In 1971 he was awarded
The New York Botanical Garden's Distinguished Service Award . Dr. Jablonski
died on May 24, 1975.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The Dr. Eugene Jablonski Records document Dr. Jablonski's service at
The New York Botanical Garden, especially his study and reorganization
of the Euphorbia. The collection contains correspondence, index
cards, records of loans and determinations, and a manuscript. Correspondents
include Bassett Maguire, Harold Moldenke, and Julian Steyermark.
It is arranged in six series.
Series 1: Euphorbiaceae Determinations, 1964-1973
Series 2: Euphorbiaceae Loans, 1959-1969
Series 3: "Revision of Trigonostemon (Euphorbisceae) of Malaya,
Sumatra and Borneo"
Series 4: Index to Names in Croton
Series 5: Index to Names in Phyllanthus
Series 6: Index to Names in Sapium
Series 1 Euphorbiaceae
1.5 lin. in. Arranged by subject.
This series contains correspondence related to the transmission and
determination of specimens.
Series 2 Euphorbiaceae
1 lin. in. Arranged by subject.
Correspondence, notes, and ledger sheets related to the lending of Garden
specimens to institutions of botanical study make up Series 2.
"Revision of Trigonostemon (Euphorbisceae) of Malaya, Sumatra
2 fldrs. Arranged chronologically.
This series consists of transmission correspondence and the manuscript
for Dr. Jablonki's revision of Trigonostemon and other correspondence
related to other publications.
Index to Names in Croton
1.5 lin. ft. Arranged alphabetically.
Index cards with species names and citations in the genus Croton.
Series 5 Index
to Names in Phyllanthus
1.8 lin. ft. Arranged alphabetically.
Index cards with species names and citations in the genus Phyllanthus.
Index to Names in Sapium
4 lin. in. Arranged alphabetically.
Index cards with species names and citations in the genus Sapium.
Processed July 1999 by Laura Zelasnic under a grant from
the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) PA-23141-98 and a grant
from the Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation.
For more information and a complete description contact:
Susan Fraser, NYBG
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY 10458-5126
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