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Harry Nichols Whitford (1872-1941), world authority on the economics of rubber production, received a Ph.D. in plant ecology from the University of Chicago in 1903. Following his graduation, he conducted research in the Philippines and became an authority on the native forests of the islands. His career continued at The Yale School of Forestry, where he was appointed assistant professor of Tropical Forestry. Whitford also studied the forests of tropical America, and Malaya and nearby regions. In 1925 he became the manager of the crude rubber division of the Rubber Manufacturers' Association. Harry Whitford died on May 16, 1941, in his seventieth year, in Bronxville, New York.


The Whitford papers include five bound books of student class notes from the University of Chicago; manuscripts of papers on tropical forest ecology and economics, primarily of Brazil but including countries of Central America; and field notes from his research in the Philippines (twenty volumes), Canada (two volumes), and Central and South America (four volumes).


Series 1: Class Notes
Series 2: Manuscripts
Series 3: Field Notes

Series 1     Class Notes, 1900-1901
                   2.5 lin. in. arranged chronologically.

This series contains 5 bound books of student notes from University of Chicago science courses.

Series 2    Manuscripts
                  5.5 lin. in. arranged alphabetically.

Holographs and typescripts of writings relating to Whitford's scientific interests, forest ecology and economics, make up this series..
Series 3     Field Notes
                  10 lin. in. arranged chronologically.

Series 3 contains 26 bound field notebooks: 20 pertaining to the Philippine Islands (1904-1906); 2 from Canada (1913); and 4 from South America (1919). These have been removed to the Collectors' Field Notebooks series.


The New York Botanical Garden

CFN    Number 631

Processed May 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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