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0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)


Gary J. Samuels (1944- ) is a mycologist and authority on the taxonomy of the Hypocrealean fungi. He was born in Grove City, Pennsylvania and obtained his B.Sc. (1966) in botany at the Pennsylvania State University and M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1971) in biology at Columbia University. During his graduate education he held a fellowship at the New York Botanical Garden. He studied under Clark T. Rogerson and completed a dissertation on the taxonomy of the genus Nectriopsis. In 1973 Dr. Samuels joined the New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Plant Diseases Division, and continued his studies of the Hypocreales. He became a Research Associate of the Garden in 1985. Dr. Samuels has conducted extensive fieldwork in South America and New Zealand and has compiled An Annotated Index to the Mycological Writings of Franz Petrak. He is currently employed as a research botanist by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture Research Service (Systematic Botanical and Mycological Laboratory) in Beltsville, Maryland, where he has conducted research on the Hypocrea schweinitzii complex, phylogenetic analysis of ascomycetes, and the genus Trichoderma as a biological control agent.


The collection consists of correspondence, reports, photographs, and personal papers covering portions of Dr. Samuels' career with the New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Garden, and the USDA Agriculture Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland.


Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Reports
Series 3: Photographs
Series 4: Personal Papers

Series 1    Correspondence, 1970-2000
                  0.6 lin. ft. Arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent.

There are 133 files of correspondence relating to specimen identification, culture exchanges, and mycological research. Correspondents consist primarily of mycologists of the Americas, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand. Two files relate to the 2nd and 3rd International Mycological Congresses. One file pertains to Dr. Samuels' employment with the New Zealand Division of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). Notable correspondents include Margaret Barr Bigelow, Joan M. Dingley, Kent Dumont, Bryce Kendrick, Richard P. Korf, Ronald H. Peterson, Clark T. Rogerson, Amy Rossman, and Keith Seifert.

Series 2    Reports, 1971-1990
                  0.1 lin. ft. Arranged alphabetically by organization and author.

There are seven files, primarily of annual progress reports written by Dr. Samuels for the Garden and the New Zealand DSIR. There are also two travel reports and one report authored by Joan M. Dingley on the history of taxonomic mycology at the New Zealand DSIR Plant Diseases Division.

Series 3    Photographs, 1967-1978
                  One file.

There are two photo portraits of Dr. Samuels: one in New York City (1967), and one taken collecting fungi in France (1978).

Series 4    Personal Papers, 1983-1995
                  0.1 lin. ft. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

There are four subject files that include a bibliography (as of 1984), biographical information, personal correspondence, and a curriculum vitae (1978).

Processed January 2001 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.

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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