University of Chicago. Department of Botany. Records 1882-1972


University of Chicago. Department of Botany. Records 1882-1972

Founded in 1894 under the leadership of John M. Coulter, The University of Chicago Department of Botany quickly grew to become one of modern botany's most influential centers of research and teaching. The work of Henry C. Cowles and others associated with the Chicago school of ecology is generally regarded as one of the most influential forces in the development of ecological studies. This collection includes administrative files, publications, memorabilia and artifacts, and a large collection of photographs documenting plant life, environmental phenomena, and departmental activities.


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Fuller, George D. (George Damon), 1869- (person)

George Damon Fuller, botanist, ecologist and science educator, received a Ph.D. from University of Chicago's Department of Botany in 1913, and served on the department's faculty until 1934. Mentored by Henry C. Cowles, Fuller's teaching and research focused on the study of forest and prairie ecology; he was also active as a science writer and educator for children and lay audiences. Through correspondence, course material, field notes, scrapbooks and student material, this collection documents F...

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In 1894, University of Chicago President William Rainey Harper appointed John Merle Coulter (1851-1928) to lead the newly established Department of Botany. Coulter was a leading American botanist and a friend of Asa Gray (1810-1888), the famed Harvard botanist whose Manual of Botany and other texts dominated plant science in the United States. Coulter had founded the Botanical Gazette nearly twenty years earlier, and he brought the editorship of the professional journal with him to ...

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Cowles, Henry Chandler, 1869-1939 (person)

Cowles was a botanist at the University of Chicago and a pioneer in the study of ecology. Cowles extensively studied sand dunes of the Great Lakes. Through extensive field trips, Cowles and other Chicago ecologists produced a collection of more than 4500 photographs documenting natural environments between 1891-1936. From the description of Henry C. Cowles lantern slide collection. 1891-1936. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 317722439 Henry Chandler...

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Olmsted, Charles Edward. (person)

Charles Edward Olmsted (1908-1976), a native of Colorado, was educated at University of Nebraska, University of Oklahoma, and Yale University. Olmsted came to the University of Chicago as a Coulter Fellow in Botany in 1933. He completed his Yale Ph.D. in 1936 with a dissertation on Connecticut sand plains. Olmsted's research and teaching on botany and ecology continued at the University of Chicago until his retirement. At University of Chicago, Olmsted's own research foc...

Coulter, John Merle, 1851-1928 (person)

Epithet: of the Department of Botany University of Chicago British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000974.0x00037f Botanist. A.B., Hanover College, 1870; A.M., 1873; Ph. D., Hanover College and Indiana University, 1882. Professor of natural sciences, Hanover College, 1874-1879. Professor of biology, Wabash College, 1879-1891. President and professor of Botany, Indiana University, 1891-1893. President, Lake Forest Unive...