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Arthur Bliss Seymour (1859-1933), mycologist, was born in Moline, Illinois on January 3, 1859. He graduated with a B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 1881 and received an M.S. five years later. For forty-seven years, until his death in 1933, he was with the Harvard University Herbarium. In 1888 he co-authored A Provisional Host-Index of the Fungi of theUnited States and in 1929 he prepared a Host-Index of the Fungi of North America.


The Seymour papers comprise correspondence, manuscripts, and lecture notes that relate to his professional career as a botanist and mycologist.


Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Lecture Notes
Series 3: Manuscripts
Series 4: Subject Files
Series 5: Photographs

Series 1     Correspondence
                   1.25 lin. in.

Included here are three files of correspondence with colleagues and a file of correspondence with his son, Frank Seymour.

Series 2     Lecture Notes
                  1 lin. in.

Includes botany lecture notes.

Series 3     Manuscripts
                   3 lin. in.

This series consists of eighteen files of handwritten notes on a range of botanical subjects.

Series 4     Subject Files
                  1 lin. in.

Ferdinand Von Mueller memorial; Host Index notes, plans, and correspondence; and a miscellaneous file can be found in this series.

Series 5     Photographs
                   1 folder

Photographs of Roland Thaxter (2), Asa Gray, and of the Gray Herbarium make up Series 5.


Donated to The New York Botanical Garden's LuEsther T. Mertz Library by Mr. John Johnson of North Bennington, Vermont in 1978.


Harvard University Archives, Pusey Library

Papers of Arthur Bliss Seymour

Harvard University, Farlow Reference Library

Papers of Arthur Bliss Seymour

Processed August 2000 by Natalie S. Brody, Volunteer Archives Assistant.

For more information and a complete description contact:
Susan Fraser, NYBG Archivist
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY 10458-5126
(718) 817-8879

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