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Tuckerman Botanical Papers, 1816-1886
1.0 linear foot 2 archives boxes 2 archives boxes, 6 books (1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MA.00043

Abstract:
Botanist. Contains correspondence, notes, pamphlets and botanical specimens. Correspondents include William G. Farlow, Charles Frost, Asa Gray, William Nylander, Henry Ravenel, and Charles J. Sprague.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

Edward Tuckerman, eldest son of Edward Tuckerman, a Boston merchant, and Sophia (May) Tuckerman, was born in Boston in 1817. After attending Ingraham's school, Boston Latin, he received his B.A. and M.A. from Union College in 1837 and 1844 respectively and his L.L.B. and A.B. from Harvard University in 1839 and 1847 respectively. Tuckerman married Sarah Eliza Sigourney Cushing in 1854 and in 1855 began a professorship at Amherst College. Tuckerman began his career at Amherst College as a professor of history; three years later he became a professor of botany. Severe hearing loss forced Tuckerman to abandon his classroom work for botanical research. Although no longer a professor, Tuckerman was included in the Amherst College course catalogue until his death in 1886. During the course of his research, Tuckerman became an authority on lichens, discovering the famous ravine in the White Mountains now bearing his name. Tuckerman's scientific findings have been documented in many articles and books.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, notes, pamphlets and specimens documenting Tuckerman's research as a botanist and collector of lichens. Correspondents include William G. Farlow, Charles Frost, Asa Gray, William Nylander, Henry Ravenel, and Charles J. Sprague. Lichenological manuscripts include botanical journals kept by Tuckerman on various expeditions in New England, the Bering Strait, and on the Missouri and Yellowstone exploring expedition.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Edward Tuckerman Botanical Papers [Box #,Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

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Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
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Amherst, MA 01002-5000

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