Harper, Roland M. (Roland McMillan), 1878-1966

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Roland Harper was born in Farmington, Maine in 1878. He studied engineering at University of Georgia, 1894 – 1897, during which time he became interested in botany. He completed his PhD at Columbia University in 1905. He then began his career at the Alabama Geological Survey in 1905 as a botanist and geographer. He published over 500 papers, many on botany and also including some on more sociological topics such as “Significance of bachelors and spinsters” and “Corn bread, appendicitis, and the birth-date”. He also published a study of the pine barren vegetation of Mississippi based on observations from car windows. His research interests included plant ecology, systematic botany, soils, crops and weeds, forestry and controlled burning, demography, railroading, conservation, and photography.

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creatorOf Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943. Alabama pamphlets collection, 1821-1961. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn John Jay Chapman papers, 1841-1940. Houghton Library
creatorOf Harper, Roland M., 1878-1966. Richard W. Lighty collection of Roland Harper writings, 1900-1966. Georgia Southern University
creatorOf Harper, Roland M., 1878-1966. Roland Harper articles, 1900-1953. Georgia Southern University
referencedIn Harper, Mary Wigley, 1893-1979. Manuscripts ca. 1974. Auburn University.
referencedIn Cobb Family Papers, 1792-1975, (bulk 1874-1975) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Coulter, E. Merton (Ellis Merton), 1890-1981. E. Merton Coulter personal papers, 1898-1981 (bulk 1912-1979). Georgia Newspaper Project
creatorOf Charles Christopher Adams Papers, 1888-1955, 1888-1955 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Abraham Aaron Roback papers, 1909-1965. Houghton Library
referencedIn Huntington, Ellsworth, 1876-1947. Ellsworth Huntington papers, 1779-1953 (inclusive), 1890-1947 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Small, John Kunkel, 1869-1938. Papers and photographs, 1902-1938. Florida State Archive
referencedIn Tomkins, Ivan Rexford, 1893-1966. Ivan Rexford Tomkins papers, 1911-1966. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Ellsworth Huntington papers, 1779-1952, 1890-1947 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn The Papers of Benjamin Lincoln Robinson (1864-1935) Botany Libraries
referencedIn Wolf, Wolfgang, Brother, 1872-1950. Papers, 1920-1950. Auburn University.
creatorOf Harper, Roland M. (Roland McMillan), 1878-1966. Elizabeth Findley Shores collection of Roland M. Harper works, 1906-1965 [manuscript] Georgia Southern University
referencedIn Moore, Henry. Moore Collection, 1862-1931. Florida State University
referencedIn Sargent, Charles Sprague, 1841-1927. Records of the Director Charles Sprague Sargent, 1893-1927 (inclusive). Harvard University, Arnold Arboretum, Horticultural Library, Jamacia Plain
referencedIn Letters to Albert Hanford Moore, 1896-1916 (inclusive), 1906-1912 (bulk). Botany Libraries
referencedIn Adams, Charles C. Papers, 1888-1955. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Alabama. State Geological Survey (1848- ). Monographs : state publication, 1883-[Ongoing]. Alabama Department of Archives and History
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associatedWith Adams, Charles C. person
associatedWith Adams, Charles C., (Charles Christopher), 1873-1955 person
associatedWith Alabama. State Geological Survey (1848- ) corporateBody
correspondedWith Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933 person
associatedWith Cobb family. family
associatedWith Conklin, Edwin Grant, 1863-1952 person
associatedWith Coulter, E. Merton (Ellis Merton), 1890-1981. person
associatedWith Craig, Wallace person
associatedWith DeLoach, Robert John Henderson, 1873-1964. person
associatedWith Dewey, John, 1859-1952 person
associatedWith Elrod, Morton J., (Morton John), 1863-1953 person
associatedWith Flathead Lake Biological Station. corporateBody
associatedWith Harper, Mary Wigley, 1893-1979. person
associatedWith Harper, Roland M., 1878-1966 corporateBody
associatedWith Huntington, Ellsworth, 1876-1947. person
associatedWith Krogman, Wilton Marion, 1903- person
associatedWith Lee, Clermont. person
associatedWith Lee, Clermont. person
associatedWith Lighty, Richard W. person
associatedWith Lindeman, Eduard person
associatedWith Mackenzie, Wilda P. person
associatedWith Mellinger, Marie B. person
associatedWith Moore, Henry. person
associatedWith Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990 person
associatedWith New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University. Roosevelt Wild Life Forest Experiment Station. corporateBody
associatedWith Pike, F. H., (Frank Henry) person
correspondedWith Provine, William B. person
correspondedWith Roback, A. A. (Abraham Aaron), 1890-1965 person
associatedWith Rogers, George A., 1918- person
associatedWith Sargent, Charles Sprague, 1841-1927. person
associatedWith Sarton, George, 1884-1956 person
associatedWith Shores, Elizabeth F. person
associatedWith Small, George K. person
associatedWith Small, John Kunkel, 1869-1938. person
associatedWith Stefansson, Vilhjalmur, 1879-1962 person
associatedWith Thomas, Wilfried person
associatedWith Tomkins, Ivan Rexford, 1893-1966. person
associatedWith Western Michigan University. C.C. Adams Center for Ecological Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith Wilson, Edwin Bidwell, 1879-1964 person
associatedWith Wissler, Clark, 1870-1947 person
associatedWith Wolf, Wolfgang, Brother, 1872-1950. person
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Adirondack Mountains (N.Y.)
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Birth 1878

Death 1966



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