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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.

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

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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

History of the Collection


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

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
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Language
English
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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: Lichenological Manuscripts of Edward Tuckerman



This series consists of Tuckerman's own scientific writings on lichens, including New England botanical journals, 1838-1840, and manuscripts recording botanical observations made in the Bering Strait, ca. 1875, and on the Missouri and Yellowstone exploring expedition, ca. 1880.

Botanical Journal of E. Tuckerman, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island; 110 pp.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Botanical journal of E. Tuckerman, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire; 91 pp. (Gift of E. Porter Dickinson, April 1978)
1838-1839

Box 1: folder 1a
"Lichens of the Behring (sic) Strait" - autograph manuscript, 75 pp. (Complementary illustrations of the manuscript in the Farlow Herbarium)
ca. 1875

Box 1: folder 2
List of lichens, 4 pp.
ca. 1850

Box 1: folder 3
Notes, 4 pp.
ca. 1880

Box 1: folder 4
"Reports on Lichens Collected in the Missouri and Yellowstone exploring Expedition," 7 pp.
ca. 1880

Box 1: folder 5
Series 2: Correspondence



The bulk of the collection consists of letters from botanists, biologists, and lichenologists. Among the 53 correspondents are these notable figures: William G. Farlow, Charles Frost, Asa Gray, W. Nylander, Henry Ravenel, and Charles J. Sprague. Arranged alphabetically by author and then chronologically within each folder.

Allen Timothy F.
1880

Box 1: folder 6
Arnold
1882

Box 1: folder 7
Babington, Churchill
1882

Box 1: folder 8
Bailey, L. H.
1885

Box 1: folder 9
Bessey, Charles E.
1880 Aug 11

Box 1: folder 10
Branth
1875 Mar 22

Box 1: folder 11
Clinton
1874 Apr 18

Box 1: folder 12
Cooke, Josiah P.
1874 Mar 18

Box 1: folder 13
Cooke, Josiah P.
1877 Jun 9

Box 1: folder 13
Engleman, George
1876 Aug 8

Box 1: folder 14
Engleman, George
1877 Feb 13

Box 1: folder 14
Engleman, George
1880 Feb 26

Box 1: folder 14
Fairbanks, S. B.
1875 Dec 18

Box 1: folder 15
Farlow, William G.
1884

Box 1: folder 16
Fries, T. M.
1875 May 4

Box 1: folder 17
Frost, Charles
1844 Jun 22

Box 1: folder 18
Gerard, W.
1875

Box 1: folder 19
Gerard, W.
1876

Box 1: folder 19
Goodale, George L.
Feb 20

Box 1: folder 20
Gould, Ben A.
1874 Sep 15

Box 1: folder 21
Gray, Asa
1876-1883

Box 1: folder 22
Hall, Elihu
1876 Apr 1, 1882 Mar 10

Box 1: folder 22a
Hart, J.
1884 Jun 3

Box 1: folder 23
Higginson, Storrow
1884 Jul 11

Box 1: folder 24
Hill, Thomas
1875 May 27

Box 1: folder 25
Huntington, J.N.
Nov 30

Box 1: folder 26
Kidder, J. N.
1875 Nov

Box 1: folder 27
Korber
1877 Jan 22

Box 1: folder 28
von Krempelhuber, A.
1874-1879

Box 1: folder 29
Legget, William N.
1874 May 7

Box 1: folder 30
Lojka, Hugo
1882 Mar 8

Box 1: folder 31
Michener, Ezra
1879 Dec 18, 1882 Mar 8

Box 1: folder 32
Minks, A.
1875-1884

Box 1: folder 33
Morong, Thomas
1880 Apr 14

Box 1: folder 34
Muller, Johann
1875-1885

Box 1: folder 35
Nylander, N.
1860-1879

Box 1: folder 36
Perry, Mrs. S. M. H.
1879 Jan 5

Box 1: folder 37
Peters, Thomas M.
1874-1885

Box 1: folder 38
Pourbater, L.F.
1875 Dec 6

Box 1: folder 39
Ravenel, Henry W.
1877-1885

Box 1: folder 40
Robbins, J. W.
1878 Sep

Box 1: folder 41
Rothrock Joseph T.
1878 Dec, 1882 Jan 10

Box 1: folder 42
Schwendener, S.
1876 Oct 13

Box 1: folder 43
Selby, John L.
1878 Jul 2

Box 1: folder 44
Slade, D. D.
1875-1886

Box 1: folder 45
Sprague, Charles J.
1876-1885

Box 1: folder 46
Stahl, E.
1877 May 22, 1878 Jun 26

Box 1: folder 47
Stearns, W. A.
1874 Jul 14, 1875 Nov 25

Box 1: folder 48
Stirton, James
1880 Oct 15, 1880 Nov 15

Box 1: folder 49
Thurber, George
1877 Oct 12, 1877 Oct 19

Box 1: folder 50
Tuckerman, Edward
1878 Apr 16, Jan 7, n.d.

Box 1: folder 51
Wainio, Edward
1886 Jan 1

Box 1: folder 52
Wall, Elihu
1875-1881

Box 1: folder 53
Watson, Sereno
1874 Jun 29

Box 1: folder 54
Willey, H.
1874-1885

Box 1: folder 55
Wilson, Mary L.
1883 Jun 22

Box 1: folder 56
Wolle, Francis
1876-1882

Box 1: folder 57
Wright, Charles
n.d.

Box 1: folder 58
Series 3: Pamphlets by or concerning Edward Tuckerman



This series comprises an incomplete compilation of Tuckerman's published writings as well as printed material about Tuckerman. Arranged chronologically.

On Oakeasia, a New Genus of the Order Empetreae
n. d.

Box 2: folder 58a
The New England Journal of Medicine and Surgery, "Some account of the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
1816

Box 2: folder 59
Enumeratio Methodica: Caricumquarundam, species recensuit et secundum Habitum pro viribus disponere tentavit, Schenectady (annotated by Tuckerman)
1843

Box 2: folder 60
Constitution and By-Laws of the New Orleans Academy of Science
1854

Box 2: folder 61
"Observationes Lichenologicae. Observations on North American and other lichenes," extracted from the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1864

Box 2: folder 61a
Laws of Botanical Nomenclature Adopted by the Congress from American Journal of Science and the Arts
1868

Box 2: folder 62
Constitution and Rules of the National Academy of Sciences
1872

Box 2: folder 63
Catalogue of Plants Growing Without Cultivation Within Thirty Miles of Amherst College
1875

Box 2: folder 64
Report of the Council (of the Academy of Science)
1886

Box 2: folder 65
Memoir of Edward Tuckerman, 1817-1886, by W. G. Farlow
n. d.

Box 2: folder 66
Series 4: Lichenological Specimens



Lichenological Specimens: Two copies of lichenological specimens Lichenes: Americae Septentrionalis Exsiccati Fascicle V et VI. All materials are a gift of Mrs. Forbes Michie unless otherwise noted.

Lichenes: Americae Septentrionalis Exsiccati Fascicle V et VI. Curante Edward Tuckerman. Boston: John Wilson and Son, 1954. 50 pp. (N. B.: an adjunct to "Synopsis of the Lichenes of New England, the Other Northern States and British America," 1848.) [2 copies in this folder; also 6 more wrapped copies adjacent to box 2]
1854

Box 2: folder 67
Professor Tuckerman's vasculum box
n.d.

Box pkg: folder 67

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Subjects
  • Amherst College -- Faculty.
  • Botanists -- Massachusetts
  • Botany -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts -- Amherst
  • Farlow, W. G. (William Gilson), 1844-1919
  • Frost, Charles C.
  • Gray, Asa, 1810-1888
  • Nylander, William, 1822-1899
  • Ravenel, Henry William, 1814-1887
  • Sprague, Charles J. (Charles James), 1823-1903


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