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Desert Botanical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution records

 Collection
Identifier: AZ 356

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains chiefly correspondence, along with reports, minutes of meetings, and financial records related to the establishment, development, and operation of the Desert Laboratory and Coastal Laboratory under directors Daniel T. MacDougal and Forrest Shreve. Correspondents include Carnegie Institution officials, the Smithsonian Institution, laboratory staff members Godfrey Sykes and Herman A. Spoehr, Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, William Boyce Thompson, Andrew E. Douglass, and Mary Austin, as well as societies, herbariums, and universities around the world. Additional correspondence relates to equipment, scientific societies, plant exchanges and collecting, the University of Arizona, and personal material of both Shreve and MacDougal.

Dates

  • 1903-1985

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Historical Note

The Desert Botanical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution was established by Volney M. Spaulding and William A. Cannon at Tumamoc Hill, Tucson, Arizona, in 1903. It was sold to the U.S. Forest Service in 1940, and later to the University of Arizona in 1960. The purpose of the laboratory was to research the of adaptation of desert plants to their environment. The Laboratory was directed by D.T. MacDougal from 1906 to 1918, then by Forrest Shreve from 1929 to 1938.

By 1920, a related institution, the Coastal Laboratory was established in Carmel, California with MacDougal as director.

Extent

4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains chiefly correspondence, along with reports, minutes of meetings, and financial records related to the establishment, development, and operation of the Desert Laboratory and Coastal Laboratory under directors Daniel T. MacDougal and Forrest Shreve.

Organization

This collection is organized into seven series:

  1. Series I: Carnegie Institution Officials Records and Correspondence, 1903-1938
  2. Series II: Desert Laboratory Records and Correspondence, 1905-1937
  3. Series III: Coastal Laboratory Correspondence, 1910-1938
  4. Series IV: General Records and Correspondence, 1905-1938
  5. Series V: D. T. MacDougal Personal Papers, 1908-1935
  6. Series VI: Forrest Shreve Personal Papers, 1916-1937
  7. Series VII: Desert Botanical Laboratory Plot Records, 1906-1985

Related Material

A related collection of D. T. MacDougal Papers can be found at the Arizona Historical Society, MS0452.

Separated Material

Slides received with the collection were removed and cataloged separately.

Title
Desert Botanical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution records
Status
Complete
Author
Inventory prepared by Phyllis Ball.
Date
2001
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Arizona Special Collections Repository