Ames, Oakes, 1874-1950

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Born in North Easton, Massachusetts on September 26, 1874, Oakes Ames was the son of Massachusetts Governor Oliver Ames. He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1898, followed by a master's degree in 1900. Ames had a lengthy and distinguished career as a botanist, including serving as supervisor of the Arnold Arboretum from 1927-1937 and as the Arboretum's second director from 1937 to 1945. He was also a professor of botany at Harvard University. Ames died in Ormond, Florida on April 30, 1950.

From the description of Papers of Oakes Ames 1901-1950 (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 528688611

Oakes Ames (1874-1950) graduated from Harvard in 1898, taught botany at Harvard and was director of the Botanical Museum.

From the description of Papers of Oakes Ames, 1897-1967 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76972975

From the guide to the Papers of Oakes Ames, 1897-1967 (inclusive)., (Harvard University Archives)

Oakes Ames, husband of Blanche (Ames) Ames, was a leading authority on orchids. In addition to teaching botany at Harvard University and directing its Botanical Museum, Oakes Ames formed a men's league to advance woman suffrage.

From the description of Letter in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1918. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232008756

Ames (1874-1950) was educated at Harvard University (A.B. 1898, A.M. 1899) and specialized in two areas of botany; orchids and economic botany. He administered the Botanic Garden and Botanic Museum at Harvard, 1899-1950; Chairman of the Division of Biology, 1826-1935 and Chairman of the Council of Botanical Collections and Supervisor of the Biological Laboratory, the Atkins Garden in Cuba, and the Arnold Arboretum, 1927-1935. He taught botany at Harvard, 1900-1941.

From the description of Manuscripts by Oakes Ames, 1900?-1915 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 41078413

American botanist.

From the description of Papers, 1897-1932. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 14398326

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creatorOf Small, John Kunkel, 1869-1938. Papers and photographs, 1902-1938. Florida State Archive
creatorOf Ames, Oakes, 1874-1950. Papers of Oakes Ames, 1897-1967 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Atkins Institution of the Arnold Arboretum. Records of the Atkins Garden and Research Laboratory, 1898-1946 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Park, Maud Wood, 1871-1955. Papers in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1870-1960 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Woman's rights collection, 1853-1958 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Papers of Oakes Ames, 1897-1967 (inclusive). Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf Ames, Blanche. [Christmas cards], 1939-1950 / Blanche Ames, Oakes Ames. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Ames, Oakes, 1874-1950. Papers, 1897-1932. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, 1884-1962. Papers of Joseph Francis Charles Rock, 1922-1962. Harvard University, Arnold Arboretum, Horticultural Library, Jamacia Plain
referencedIn Samuel Henshaw letters from various correspondents, 1849-1937 and undated. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Arnold Arboretum. Director's reports, 1873- Harvard University, Botany Libraries
referencedIn New York Botanical Garden. Office of the Director and Secretary of the Board of Managers. Records, 1888-1939. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1668-1983, Bulk, 1750-1850, 1668-1983 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Ames, Oakes, 1874-. Papers of Oakes Ames 1901-1950 Harvard University, Botany Libraries
creatorOf Ames family. Ames Family Papers, 1812-2004. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Merrill, Elmer Drew, 1876-1956. Papers of Elmer Drew Merrill, 1935-1946 (inclusive). Harvard University, Botany Libraries
referencedIn Updike, Daniel Berkeley, 1860-1941. Letters, 1908-1919, to Oakes Ames. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Ames, Oakes, 1874-1950. Letter in the Woman's Rights Collection, 1918. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Woman's Rights Collection (WRC) Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Ames, Oakes, 1874-. Papers of Oakes Ames 1901-1950 Harvard University, Botany Libraries
referencedIn Thaxter, Roland, 1858-1932. Papers of Roland Thaxter, 1882-1933 (inclusive). Harvard University, Farlow Reference Library
referencedIn Harvard University. Botanical Museum. Records of the Botanical Museum, 1909-1968 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Ames, Oakes, 1874-1950. Manuscripts by Oakes Ames, 1900?-1915 (inclusive). Harvard University, Botany Libraries
referencedIn Harvard University. Botanical Museum. Budget and related records, 1936-1945 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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correspondedWith Ames, Amyas person
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associatedWith Thaxter, Roland, 1858-1932. person
associatedWith Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824 person
associatedWith Updike, Daniel Berkeley, 1860-1941. person
correspondedWith Walter M. Buswell person
associatedWith Waterton, Charles, 1782-1865 person
associatedWith Wayne, Anthony person
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Arnold Arboretum
Scientific expeditions
Botanists--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc
Botanical illustration


Birth 1874-09-26

Death 1950-04-28



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SNAC ID: 52060241