Inventory of the Connecticut Botanical Society records, 1846-2016

Table of Contents

Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Administrative Information

Restrictions

Index Terms

Arrangement of the Collection

Detailed Description of the Collection


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
learcenter@conncoll.edu | 860.439.2015
Creator: Connecticut Botanical Society
Title: Connecticut Botanical Society records, 1846-2016
Call number: MS 003
Inclusive Dates: 1846-2016
Bulk Dates: 1903-2000
Extent: 4 linear feet (4 cartons), 812 MB (64 files, 11 folders) digital media
Language: Materials in English and German.
Abstract: Correspondence, minutes, diaries, publications, photographs clippings, and manuscripts of the Connecticut Botanical Society.

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Administrative History

The Connecticut Botanical Society was established in 1903 to bring together amateur and professional botanists who shared a common interest in the plants of Connecticut and the surrounding region. Currently, the Connecticut Botanical Society increases the knowledge of the state’s flora, accumulates a permanent botanical collection, promotes conservation, and raises public awareness on the botanical riches of Connecticut. The Connecticut Botanical Society conducts annual meetings, organizes botanical fieldtrips for members throughout the state, maintains a herbarium for the study of flora held at the Yale Herbarium at the Peabody Museum, and publishes semi-annual newsletters, annual yearbooks, and significant works on the flora of Connecticut.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the Connecticut Botanical Society documents the activities of the Connecticut Botanical Society from its establishment in 1903 to the present. The collection contains correspondence, minutes, notebooks, financial records, biographical member files, publications, incorporation documentation (by-laws, articles of incorporation), photographs, and digital files produced by the Connecticut Botanical Society. The bulk of the material dates from 1903 to 2000. These materials document the work of the Connecticut Botanical Society to increase knowledge of the state’s flora, accumulate a permanent botanical collection, and promote conservation education and the state’s natural resources. Of particular interest is the administrative documentation of the Connecticut Botanical Society in the secretary’s ledgers and minutes as well as the documentation of its educational activities, including the herbarium, fieldtrips, and publications.

In addition to the records of the society, the personal papers of the Harger family are also included in this collection. These papers primarily document the extensive correspondence of Edgar Burton Harger (1867-1946), land surveyor, botanist, and a founder of the Connecticut Botanical Society. In addition are research files and personal material on other Harger family members. This includes diaries and correspondence from the middle of the 19th century between various family members. These documents provide insight into the family’s personal and domestic experience primarily in the Naugatuck Valley and in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item]. Folder, Box. Connecticut Botanical Society Records, 1846-2016. Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Connecticut College.

Processed by

Rose Oliveira, 2016.

Aquisitions Information

The Connecticut Botanical Society records were donated to the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives in 2009 by Glenn Dreyer.

Processing Notes

Collection followed the original arrangement of the material and most folder titles were retained. The collection contained digital material on media containing photographs, video, and word files. This material was migrated from the media and preservation actions applied.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Access to digital files will require consultation with the archivist.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings at the Charles E. Shain Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons:
Graves, Charles Burr, 1860-
Dreyer, Glenn D.
Harger, Edgar Burton, 1867-
Robinson, Benjamin Lincoln, 1864-1935
Setchell, William Albert, 1864-1943
Weatherby, Charles Alfred, 1875-1949
Organizations:
Connecticut Botanical Society.
Places:
Connecticut.
Subjects:
Botanists.
Botany -- Connecticut.
Connecticut Botanical Society -- History.
Herbaria.
Document Types:
Diaries.
Photographs.

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Arrangement

Organized into six series and subseries:

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Series I. Administrative Records, 1903-2003

Includes correspondence, minutes, account books, membership lists, clippings, questionnaires, articles of association, tax records, budgets, and ledgers. These materials document the development of the Society from its founding to the present. Of particular note are the secretary’s ledgers which contain the original meeting notes and constitution of the Society. The ledgers’ contain annual meeting notes and early field trip reports. Also included are the material for the writing of the centennial history which includes early research on the founding of the society. Please note, Box 1 folder 4 is available as a digital file; please consult the archivist for access.

This series is arranged into three subseries and then alphabetically within each subseries.

Subseries A. General, 1903-2003

Box Folder Description Date(s)
11 Announcements; includes a reminiscence of long-time members 1979-1992
2 Board and officer lists; includes chart of officers from 1903-1988 ca.1975-1990
3 Centennial history: comments; includes annotated draft 2002
4 Centennial history: digital production files ca.2003
5 Centennial history: production materials 2003
6 Centennial history: research 1978-2001
7 Centennial history: Rhodora articles re: CBS 1901-1910
8 Correspondence 1983-1996
9 Early history 1903-1992
10 Inventory of the Connecticut Botanical Society archives 1990
11 Meeting notices 1962-1993
12 Membership lists; includes a map of membership ca.1988-2000
13 Membership records 1928-1976
14 Membership records 1977-1985
15 Membership records 1986-1997
16 Questionnaire 1973-1978
17 Questionnaire 1993
18 Questionnaire 1994
19 Vital records; includes articles of association, tax exemption, and copyright 1920-1984

Subseries B. Minutes, 1903-2000

Box Folder Description Date(s)
120 Meeting minutes 1903-1921, 1994
21 Meeting minutes, miscellaneous 1920-2000
22 Meeting minutes 1970-1976
23 Meeting minutes, Board of Directors 1972-1989
24 Rhodora; includes early proceedings of the Connecticut Botanical Society 1903, 1906
25 Secretary’s ledger 1903-1921
26 Secretary’s ledger 1921-1954

Subseries C. Financial records, 1903-2003

Box Folder Description Date(s)
127 Aton Forest Fund, Frank Egler 1965-1967
28 Bequest: Kirk, Dorothy Wyman, Lucy Allen Wyman Fund 1987-1988
29 Bequest: Merk, Lois Bannister 1992-1993
30 Bill Linke Fund 1987
31 Budget 1974
32 Correspondence 1975-1998
33 Correspondence re: newsletter 1985-2003
34 Finance Committee 1972, 1992
35 Matching gifts 1989
36 Memoir #2, Notable Trees 1987-1989
37 Nature Conservancy 1989-1991
38 Tax reports and certificates 1972-1991
39 Treasurer’s record book 1903-1914
40 Treasurer’s record book; includes membership list 1914-1930
41 Treasurer’s record book 1931-1952
21 Treasurer’s record book 1952-1990
2 Yearbook chairman reports and notes 1974-1986

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Series II. Biographical members files, 1906-2009

Contains clippings, correspondence, notes, drafts of papers, newsletters, certificates, awards, memorials, and drawings pertaining to members of the Connecticut Botanical Society. The bulk of the material dates from 1970-2000 and documents society members’ work and achievements within CBS and as part of the larger community. Also included are materials on early members and founders.

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Description Date(s)
2 3 A 1982-2001
  4 Andrews, Lumen 1906-1985
  5 B 1925-2003
  6-8 Bradley, Leonard,(3 folders) 1944-2000
  9 Brown, Lauren 1982-1988
  10 C 1930-2004
  11 Carter, Win ca.1994-1996
  12 D-F; includes notes on the 800th meeting of the New England Botanical Society 1979-1998
  13 Dautrich, Helen 1985-1988
  14 G-H 1942-2007
  15 Groups ca. 1974-1990
  16 K 1979-1989
  17 L 1928-2005
  18 M 1971-2009
  19 N-O 1975-2008
  20 P 1982-2002
  21 R 1965-1988
  22 Richardson, Ed 1992-2013
  23 S-U 1951-2003
  24 W 1943-2007
  25 Charles Alfred Weatherby by Una F. Weatherby, copy # 1; inscribed by Una Weatherby 1951
  26 Charles Alfred Weatherby by Una F. Weatherby, copy # 2 1951
  27 Charles Alfred Weatherby reminiscences on Walter Deane, botanist 1933

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Series III. Photographs, ca. 1915-2005

Contains photographs, slides, photocopies, and digital files of Connecticut Botanical Society members. The bulk of the images date from 1980-2000, although there are several photographs from the first few decades of the society. Photographs capture members on field trips, working at the herbarium, exhibits produced by the CBS, and board meetings. Box 2 folder 31 is available as a digital file; please consult the archivist for access.

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Description Date(s)
2 28 Bradley, H. and Roland Clement (1 photograph and 1 slide) undated
  29 Dreyer, Glenn (1 photograph) ca.1990
  30 Field trips and members (14 slides) 1959-1990
  31 Field trips to Glastonbury and Vernon (1 DVD) May 2005
  32 Groups; includes early members on picnic and children with lady slippers (7 photographs, 5 printouts) ca.1915-1990
  33 Harger, Alfred P. and Rathbone Elm (1 photograph, 1 postcard) undated
  34 Kirk, Dorothy Wyman (3 photographs) 1940, 1970
  35 Neale, Jim (1 photograph) undated
  36-37 Portraits, events, and field trip photos (2 folders) (49 photographs, 1 print) ca.1939-2003
  38 Swan, Donald and plant cards (5 photographs) 1981-1989
  39 Workspace and archive (3 photographs) 2003

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Series IV. Educational initiatives and events, 1877-2016

Contains correspondence, annual reports, notebooks, registers, attendance lists, inventories, clippings, maps, and publications that document the fieldtrips and the herbarium organized by Connecticut Botanical Society members. Of particular interest are the early fieldtrip excursion notices and schedules which contain objectives for collecting specimens as well as transit and trolley information from the start of Connecticut Botanical Society to the current day. The herbarium materials document the creation and maintenance of the Herbarium. This includes register and guest books for visitors and those who volunteered, inventories, catalogs of the flora of Connecticut, and collectors’ notebooks which contain extensive information and notes on collected botanical species.

This series is arranged into two subseries and then alphabetically within each subseries.

  Subseries A. Field trips, 1903-2016 
Box Folder Description Date(s)
2 40 Correspondence 1903-1994
  41 Excursion notices 1910-1966
  42 List of trip leaders from 1967-1989 ca.1989
  43 Maps 1989-1991
  44 Schedules; includes some annual and photographic meeting notices 1976-2016
  45 Sign-up sheets; includes attendance reports, annual, and photographic meeting sign-ups 1974-1989
3 1 Sign-up sheets;includes annual and photographic meeting sign-ups 1982-1998
  Subseries B. Herbarium, 1877-2006 
Box Folder Description Date(s)
3 2 Annual reports; history of the herbarium, ca.1912-1990  
  3 Acquisition notebooks 1911-1955
  4 Catalogue of all the Phaenogmous and Vascular Cryptogamous Plants 1896
  5 Catalogue of the Flowering Plants and Higher Cryptogams 1878
  6 Catalogue of the Lichens of Connecticut 1926
  7 Clippings regarding plants 1989-2006
  8 Collectors [list of] undated, 1982
  9 Collector’s notebook: Bradley, Leonard, rare plants notes 1994
  10 Collector’s notebook: Harger, Edgar Burton 1877-1909
  11 Collector’s notebook: Harger, Edgar Burton 1881-1906
  12 Collector’s notebook: Harger, Edgar Burton, Flora of Oxford undated
  13 Collector’s notebook: Harger, Edgar Burton, Flora of Oxford; includes cash accounts 1911
  14 Collector’s notebook: Harkins 1968-1969
  15 Collector’s notebook: Upham, Alan, ferns, flowers, and shrubs of Woodstock, CT ca.1938
  16 Connecticut School Document: Notes on the Flora of Connecticut and Flora of Norwich 1901-1902
  17 Correspondence 1919-1934
  18 Correspondence 1963-2004
  19 Correspondence from C.S. Sargent to C.B. Graves re: taxonomy 1901-1910
  20 Correspondence from E.B. Harger to C.B. Graves 1901-1906
  21 Displays ca.1993
  22 Earth Fair Glastonbury 1985
  23 Guestbook 1984-1999
  24 Herbarium contents of cabinets journals undated
  25 Herbarium contents of cabinets journals ca.1945
  26 Herbarium logs 1977-1990
  27 Herbarium register 1990-1998
  28 Local Flora of New England, Day, Mary A. 1899
  29 Species lists ca. 1989-1994
  30 Transactions of the Scientific Association 1884

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Series V. Publications, 1918-2015

Includes newsletters, yearbooks, and field guides produced by the Connecticut Botanical Society. The bulk of the publications consist of the yearbooks and newsletters which document the development of the society, its members, and the broader botanical interests of the community. The yearbooks began in 1929 and served as an annual reports for those who could not attend meetings. Prior to the yearbooks, only lists of members were printed annually. The yearbooks contain lists of officers and committees, by–laws, president’s message, members’ rosters and reports of the annual meeting, finances, herbarium, and fieldtrips. The Connecticut Botanical Society Newsletter began in 1973 and contains botanical articles and news as well information on the history of the society and its members.

Materials are arranged alphabetically and then by date.

Box Folder Description Date(s)
3 31-34 Connecticut Botanical Society Newsletter; with gaps (4 folders) 1973-2016
4 1 Connecticut Botanical Society Yearbook 1918-1939
  2 Connecticut Botanical Society Yearbook 1940-1949
  3 Connecticut Botanical Society Yearbook 1950-1959
  4 Connecticut Botanical Society Yearbook 1960-1969
  5 Connecticut Botanical Society Yearbook 1970-1979
  6 Connecticut Botanical Society Yearbook 1980-1989
  7 Connecticut Botanical Society Yearbook 1990-1999
  8 Connecticut Botanical Society Yearbook 2000-2008
  9 Connecticut Botanical Society Yearbook 2012-2015
5 1 Memoirs no. 1, A Conversation with Harry Ahles (1924-1981) 1984
5 2 Memoirs no. 2, Connecticut’s Notable Trees, (3rd edition), Glenn Dreyer 1998
5 3-4 Memoirs no. 3, Vascular Flora of Southeastern, Gordon Tucker 1995
5 5 Memoirs no. 4, A Passion for Plants: the first century of The Connecticut Botanical Society, Lauren Brown 2003
4 10 Memoirs no. 5, Native and Naturalized Vascular Plants of Connecticut Checklist 2014

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Series VI. Harger family papers, 1846-1993

Includes correspondence, diaries, articles, compositions, notes, genealogical research, and clippings. The bulk of the material relates to Edgar Burton Harger (E.B.Harger), a founding members of the Connecticut Botanical Society. This material was gathered by Beatrice Harger Sellner, Harger’s daughter, who wrote a short biography and several articles on Harger. Of particular interest is the extensive correspondence between Harger and fellow botanist of the period. These include society members like Charles B. Graves, Lumen Andrews, Charles Weatherby, E.H Evans, Charles Bissell, as well as noted botanist like William Albert Setchell, Professor of Botany and chairmen of the department at the University of California, Berkeley, and Benjamin Lincoln Robinson, Gray Herbarium curator.

Also included are the papers and biographical research on E.B. Harger and other Harger family members. This research includes members with a shared interest in botany including E.B. Harger’s: grandfather, Alfred Harger; father, John Harger; uncle, Oscar Harger, professor of paleontology at Yale University; and E.B.’s children, Alfred P. Harger, and Beatrice Harger Sneller. Other materials of note are John Harger’s line diary from August 1850 to November 1854 which detail life on the farm, and the 164 transcribed letters to and from members of the Harger family and to Sarah Scott, second wife of Alfred Harger. These letters detail everyday life primarily in the Naugatuck Valley and New Haven. Some correspondence is in German.

This series is arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Description Date(s)
4 11 Biographical research on Alfred, Oscar, and Edgar Burton Harger ca.1888-1920
  12 Biographical material on Alfred P. Harger 1988-1993
  13 Biographical material on Beatrice Harger Sellner 1982-1989
  14 Biographical research on Edgar Burton Harger; includes information on the New England Botanical Club ca.1978
  15 Biographical material on Oscar Harger 1877-1981
  16 Correspondence from Edgar Burton Harger, materials from the Gray Herbarium 1878-1938
  17 Correspondence from Edgar Burton Harger to Beatice Harger Sellner 1934-1943
  18 Correspondence to Beatrice Harger Sellner; includes "Era of Discovery" biography on E.B. Harger 1972-1989
  19-20 Correspondence to Edgar Burton Harger (2 folders); includes correspondece from W.A. Setchell, Brady, B.L. Robinson and C.S. Weatherby 1885-1917
  21 Correspondence to Edgar Burton Harger; includes Lumen Andrews, Charles Burr Graves, E.H. Evans, C.H. Bissell, C.S. Sargent 1878-1903
  22 Correspondence to Edgar Burton Harger from His Aunt Jessie (Oscar Harger’s wife) 1882-1892
  23 Correspondence to and from Edgar Burton Harger; includes comments from Weatherby on Catalog and letters to B.L. Robinson, C.S. Weatherby, Asa Gray, John Harger, Merritt Fernald 1902-1915
  24 Correspondence to and from Edgar Burton Harger (photocopies with annotation) ca.1889-1917
  25 Diary and transcripts of Harger family letters; includes correspondence to and from Sarah Scott, Mary Adams, Charles Adams, Charles Harger, Burton Harger, Henry Harger, John Harger 1846-1877
  26 Diary of John Harger (Edgar Burton’s father) and compositions of Edgar Burton 1850-1864, undated
  27 "Egdar Burton Harger, Botanist" by Beatrice Harger Sellner 1978
  28 Harger family tree undated
  29 Notes and letter from Edgar Burton Harger undated, 1886
  30 Poetry ca.1887

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