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Edward Angus Burt (1859-1939) was a mycologist and an authority on a family of terrestrial fungi, the Thelephoraceae. He was born in Athens, Pennsylvania and was educated at the State Normal School of Albany, New York, where he taught natural history from 1880 to 1885. He obtained his M.A. (1894) and Ph.D. (1895) at Harvard University studying under William G. Farlow and Roland Thaxter. Dr. Burt was Professor of Natural History at Middlebury College, Vermont from 1895 to 1913 whereupon he joined the Missouri Botanical Garden as Mycologist and Librarian from 1913 to 1933. He held a concurrent position as Professor of Botany at the Henry Shaw School of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Burt's work focused on the systematic study of the Thelephoraceae, a family of fungi whose fruiting bodies are often resupinate (flat on the substrate). He published a series of articles on thelephore taxonomy in the Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, later published as The Thelephoraceae of North America, I-XV (1914-1926). His research encompassed systematic description of basidiomycetes such as Merulius and fungi from Vermont, Siberia, and Java. Among his many publications he was author of descriptive text for Icones Farlowianae (1929) by William G. Farlow.


The Edward Angus Burt papers consist of correspondence, research papers, manuscripts, and graphic material, including photographs and sketches. They cover his career at Middlebury College, Vermont, and at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis to 1926.


Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Research Papers
Series 3: Manuscripts and Typescripts
Series 4: Graphic Material

Series 1    Correspondence, 1926
                  One item

There is 1 file of correspondence pertaining to a paper Dr. Burt presented in 1926 before the section on mycology at the International Congress of Plant Sciences in Ithaca, New York. Correspondents include Liberty Hyde Bailey, Benjamin M. Duggar, and H. M. Fitzpatrick.

Series 2    Research Papers, 1895-1907
                  0.3 lin. ft. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

There are 12 files consisting of species descriptions and dichotomous keys to various fleshy fungi. Two files contain notes relating to basidiomycetes identified by Charles Horton Peck and by George F. Atkinson, and one contains notes on the Thelephoraceae described by Narcisse-Theophile Patouillard.

Series 3    Manuscripts and Typescripts, 1896-1926
                  1.0 lin. ft. Arranged alphabetically by author, then by title.

There are 34 files of manuscripts and typescripts. One contains a paper by R. P. Burke on the agarics of Alabama, and the remaining were authored by Dr. Burt. Most material consists of drafts of published articles on the fleshy fungi, including descriptive work on the Phalloideae and Tremellaceae. Dr. Burt's work on the Thelephoraceae was issued in 15 parts in the Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden from 1914 to 1926 and collected in The Thelephoraceae of North America, I-XV. There are typescripts of 9 of the 15 parts of this series, viz. II, III, V, VI, VII, IX, X, XI, and XIII.

Series 4    Graphic Material, 1896-1924
                  0.3 lin. ft. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

There are 14 files of photographs and drawings, most of which are illustrations of textual materials in Series 3: Manuscripts and Typescripts. Seven of the files contain illustrations from the series The Thelephoraceae of North America, I-XV as described above in Series 3.

Processed June 2000 by David Rose under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) PA-23141-98 and a grant from the Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation.

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The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
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