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Records of the Herbarium (RG 4)
2.6 lf. (4 boxes)


Donald P. Rogers (1908- ), a cryptogamic botanist and mycologist, served as Curator of the Cryptogamic Herbarium from 1947 to 1957. He specialized in the study of the toxicology and morphology of Basidiomycetes with a particular interest in Thelephoraceae. Dr. Rogers was an active member of the Mycological Society of America and served as managing editor of the journal Mycologia.

Dr. Rogers was born in 1908 in Toledo, Ohio. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1929, his M.A. in 1930 from the University of Nebraska, and his Ph.D. in 1935 from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Rogers began his career as an Assistant in Botany at the University of Nebraska from 1929 to 1930 and a Graduate Assistant in Botany from 1931 to 1935 at the University of Iowa. He studied at Harvard University in 1936 as a National Research Fellow and took a position as Instructor in Botany at Oregon State College from 1936 to 1940. He moved to Brown University as an Instructor in Botany from 1941 to 1942 and went to American International College to serve as Associate Professor of Biology from 1942 to 1945. In 1945 he received a scholarship, which brought him to The New York Botanical Garden to study. Later that same year he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Botany at the University of Hawaii. He left the University of Hawaii in 1947 to return to the Garden, then in 1957 he left the Garden to become Professor of Botany at the University of Illinois.


This collection consists mostly of correspondence. It covers Dr. Rogers' ten-year career at The New York Botanical Garden, as well as his editorship of Mycologia and his activities in the Mycological Society of America during this period.


Series 1: Personal Correspondence
Series 2: Subject Correspondence

Series 1     Personal Correspondence
                  25 lin. in. Arranged alphabetically.

Important correspondents include E. B. Bartram, Howard A. Crum, R. W. G. Dennis, Margaret Fulford, L. R. Hesler, C. W. Hesseltine, Josiah L. Lowe, Harold St. John, Fred Jay Seaver, Alexander H. Smith, John A. Stevenson, William Randolph Taylor, R. Gordon Wasson, and Richard D. Wood

Series 2     Subject Correspondence
                  5 lin. in. Arranged alphabetically.

Dr. Rogers was appointed member of a committee that was formed to create an exhibit on the history of botany in New York City for the Columbia University Bicentennial celebrations. There is also a file on the New York Botanical Garden exhibit on the Brittons. He was a member of the New York Botanical Garden Library Committee, and a consultant for National Geographic, Life magazine, and the Boy Scouts. His correspondence with institutions in Czechoslovakia, India, and Indonesia are kept in this series, along with National Science Foundation grant applications and research notes. He was frequently asked questions concerning truffles in America, upon which he wrote. A file entitled "Location of Type Specimens" is an alphabetical list of botanists and the institutions which hold their type specimens.


The New York Botanical Garden

RA    Mycological Society of America

Processed February 2000 by Stephen Sinon 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 Archivist
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY 10458-5126
(718) 817-8879

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