Ames, Oakes, 1874-1950. Papers of Oakes Ames 1901-1950: Guide.The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
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Title: Papers of Oakes Ames, 1901-1950: Guide.
Creator: Ames, Oakes, 1874-1950
Quantity: 8 Linear Feet
Abstract: Compiled primarily during his tenure as supervisor of the Arnold Arboretum, the papers
of Oakes Ames consist of correspondence, budgets, photographs, and biographical material.
Ames served as supervisor of the Arnold Arboretum from 1927-1935, a period marked
by strengthened research and an increase in staff participation in teaching Harvard
courses. It was also under Ames’s supervision that the Herbarium grew to 64,000
specimens. Some biographical information was added to this collection, though it
on correspondence written between 1901 and 1950.
Access to Finding Aid record in Hollis Classic or Hollis.
Mary Harrison, October,
1995. Edited by Sheila Connor, Archivist, October,
1995. Jessica M.
Parr, 2003. Danielle
Peloquin, March, 2010.
Provenance: The Oakes Ames Papers were acquired during his tenure as Supervisor of
the Arnold Arboretum. This collection was transferred from the Arnold Arboretum’s
departmental holdings to the Arboretum’s Archives in 1984.
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Oakes Ames(1874-1950), an 1898
Harvard graduate and master’s degree recipient, had a
distinguished career as a Professor of Botany at Harvard University and served as supervisor
of the Arnold Arboretum from
1927-1935. The youngest son in a prominent Massachusetts family (his father, Oliver Ames, served
as Governor), Professor Ames developed an early
interest in botany, and the collection and study of orchids continued to be his scientific
focus. Under Ames’ leadership, the Harvard Orchid Herbarium grew to be more
than 64,000 specimens. Ames later became interested in economic botany, studying and teaching about the uses
of plants, which included taxonomic, geographic, anthropologic, and agricultural applications.
Known for his diplomacy and fair-mindedness, Oakes
Ames oversaw all of Harvard’s
various botanical units. He was Assistant Director (1899-1909) and Director of the Botanic
Garden (1909-1922), Curator (1923-1927), Supervisor
(1927-1937), Director (1937-1945), and
Associate Director of the Botanic Museum
(1945-1950); Chairman of the Division of Biology
(1926-1935) and Chairman of the Council of Botanical Collections and Supervisor of the
Biological Laboratory, the Atkins Garden in
Cuba, and the Arnold Arboretum (1927-1935). As a professor,
was an instructor in botany (1900-1910), associate professor of botany
(1915-1926), professor of botany (1926-1932) and Arnold professor
of botany (1932-1935). From 1935 to 1941 he was a research
professor of botany, and in 1941 he was appointed a research professor of botany emeritus.
Ames’ tenure as Supervisor of the Arnold Arboretum was marked by the strengthening of
research activities (which were more closely coordinated with the botanical work in
Cambridge), as well as greater involvement of Arboretum staff members in teaching at
Harvard. His research staff appointments
included a plant pathologist, a plant breeder to develop new varieties of trees and
a plant ecologist, and an experimental taxonomist to broaden the approach of plant
classification and distribution. The Arboretum staff taught courses in taxonomy, cytology, ecology, and plant pathology.
Professor Ames was born in North Easton, Massachusetts on
September 26, 1874 and he died in Ormond,
Florida, on April 28, 1950.
Reference: Sax, Karl. "Oakes Ames,
1874-1950." Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 31: 335-337, followed by list of publications, 337-349.
The Oakes Ames (1874-1950) Papers
largely consist of correspondence from 1901-1950 with some biographical
material, budgets, photographs, and ephemera (orchid Christmas cards). The letters
Prof. Ames’ leadership initiatives taken during
his supervisory years at the Arnold Arboretum.
Biographical material was added to the collection including photographs of Oakes Ames, obituaries, and the publication Oakes Ames: Jottings of a Harvard Botanist
1874-1950, edited by Pauline Ames Plimpton.
The Oakes Ames collection is organized in 4 series:
- Series: I. Biographical Material
- Series: II. Correspondence
- Series: III. Budgets
- Series: IV. Photographs and Ephemera
See also Harvard Archives HUG4139.xx
for additional Ames papers. (12 containers of manuscripts)
- Series: I: Biographical Material
- Folder 1
- Photographs of Oakes Ames
- Oakes Ames [by] Karl Sax
Reprinted without change of
paging from Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, Vol. 31, 1950. pp336-349. Includes bibliography.
- Oakes Ames1872-1950. [Short biographical sketch by Marion D. Cahan
from her The Harvard Garden in Cuba--A Review.
"Will Try for a Botanic 'Touchdown'"
Professor Oakes Ames Recently Appointed Supervisor of the Arnold Arboretum and
Supervisor of the Harvard Botanic
- Transcript, Tuesday December 6, 1927. Newspaper
- Notice of Death and Memorial Service of Oakes
Ames issued by James
Bryant Conant. Cambridge [Massachusetts] May 2, 1950.
- Folder 2
- Oakes Ames, Jottings of a
Harvard Botanist, 1874-1950
Research Professor of Botany
and Director of the Botanical Museum and the
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Edited
and with an introduction by Pauline Ames Plimpton; Forward by
George Plimpton. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Botanical Museum of Harvard
- Series: II. Correspondence
- Folder 1 -
- Jan. 17: Edwin Longdale report on a seedling cypripedium and its ancestry.
- Jan. 28: Edwin Longdale -report that flowers of
cypripedium have withered; will send specimen when next it flowers.
- Jun. 26: J. Horace McFarland -offer to
- Jul.16: J. Horace McFarland -reference to his
- Jul.16: J. Horace McFarland - agreement to
- Folder 2 -
- Oct. 23: R.
H. Colley -work carried out on the brown tail caterpillar and gypsy fungus.
- Nov. 30: C. Campbell - request for information
concerning perennials catalogs.
- Oct. 19: E. D. Merrill - expenditures; comments on political situation in
- Folder 3 -
- Oct. 8: E. D.
Merrill - notes on publication of manuscripts; suggestions to Wenzel on collecting
- Folder 4 -
- Jun. 20: Sydney F. B. Oakes - appreciation for the identification of two orchids.
- Folder 5 -
- Nov. 1: Henry Gilwan - appreciation for offer to help out in Chemistry A.
Date: Folder 6 - 1919
- Jun.1: B. L. Robinson - dispatch of 57 sheets of Fendler orchids.
- Sep. 17: C. A. Weatherby - request for
identification of "a very special orchid."
- Sep. 19: C. A.Weatherby - orchid identified as
- Nov. 19: Mary A Day - scarcity of information
on Jean Jacques Chatelain.
- Nov. 26: G. H. Parker - request for permission to
use goldfish from Botanical Gardens for study in hearing.
- Dec. 3: G. H. Parker - thanks for goldfish.
- Dec. 10: G. H. Parker - invitation to conference reporting the results of
- Dec. 11: G. H. Parker - acceptance of invitation to Harvard Club for
- Folder 7 -
- Apr.12: G. L.Goodale -
decision to prepare a Cuban garden flora.
- Apr. 27: D. J. P. Barger - seeking advice on
preparation of a handbook on tropical medicine; information on the use of plants by
- May 15: James MacPherson - the Cambridge Botanical Garden.
- Jul. 24: R. E. Torrey - enrollment of Ames' son in
- Jul. 28: A. F. Whittem to E.C. Jeffrey. Ames' son's attendance at summer
school inadequate to merit entrance to botany course.
- Aug. 23: E. C. Jeffrey - apology for Ames' son's difficulties;
- Aug. 27: To E.C. Jeffrey - funding of supplies for Summer School classes.
- Nov. 9: E. C. Jeffrey - need to discuss problems of Botanic Garden
- Nov. 24: Francis Rackeman - request for
information on flowering dates of plants which induce hay fever.
- Nov. 27: Francis Rackeman - thanks for letter and interest in the problem.
- Folder 8 -
- Jan. 7: Frederick S. Meed - estimate of Income and Expenditure of Botanic Garden for
- Feb. 1: Francis Willlis Hunnewell - receipt of
contribution for the herbarium.
- Feb. 5: B. L. Robinson - reproduction of plates
for article tobe published in Rhodora
- Apr.16: Alfred J. Loveless - invitation to become
a Trustee of the American Orchid Society.
- May 4: Alfred J. Loveless - acceptance of
invitation to trusteeship.
- May 4: William F. Langworthy - response to
request for bibliography of economic plants.
- May 4: Mario Calvino - history of sugar cane
experiments; exchange of sets of volumes on orchids.
- May 4: Mrs. Carl Blumberg - evaluation of specimens
from Carl's herbarium.
- May 4: Edward I. Brown (cover letter) - postcard
to Mrs. Ames announcing dispatch of orchids.
- May 4: Edward H. Taylor - charge for specimens
questioned; comments on condition of mounted specimens.
- May 4: William R. Maxon - request for
- May 4: H. Mousley - response to request for plant
- May 4: E. D. Merrill - re sending Mr. Agama to Borneo to look
for economic plants; regret at murder of C. M. Webbs.
- May 4: H. H. Rusby - desire to accept Rusby's
- May 4: A. B. Rendle - acknowledgment of receipt
of orchid specimens.
- May 4: F. H. Thomas Company - request for
reconditioning of binocular microscope.
- May 4: S. S. Pierce Company - specimens of
roots from which Dunhill pipes are made, ready for delivery.
- May 4: W. H. Orton - invitation to visit Ames
- May 4: Edwin De Meritte - response to request
for help in finding personnel.
- May 11: H. H. Rusby - details of the Mulford
Biological Expedition to the Amazon Basin.
- May 13: C. C. Calder - offer to exchange orchid
duplicates and publications.
- May 13: N. L. Britton - regret at death of Mr.
Rolfe; comments on Cuban Pogonia sent to Ames for identification.
- May 13: David Prain - regret concerning death of
Mr. Rolfe, Kew orchid specialist.
- May 13: Dr. Kraenzlin - request for descriptions
of Philippine orchids; proposed orchid collecting in Brazil.
- Folder 9 -
- Sep. 26: A.
Lawrence Lowell - inviting Ames to become
Curator of the Botanical Museum (no
- Sep. 29: A. Lawrence Lowell - acknowledging
invitation to become Curator of Botanical Museum; Economic Botany at the
- Dec. 28: Francis G. Goodale - letter
accompanying a letter from Mr. Pingreen.
- Folder 10 -
- Jan. 2: B.
L. Robinson - explanation of enclosed letter from Mr. Hibbard; plans for financing
and developing the Botanical Museum.
- Jan. 24: E. D. Merrill - approval of
appointment at the U. of California; publication of a manuscript on Philippine orchids.
- Aug. 21: Thomas Barbour - outline of promises
made concerning the East-Weston report.
- Aug. 22: Copy of letter to Mr. Atkins from W. H. Weston Jr. explaining delay in report for publication.
- Aug. 24: Mr. Atkins - explanation for delay of report.
- Aug. 24: E. T. Atkins - covering letter for
Dr. Weston's letter.
- Aug. 24: Thomas Barbour - thoughts on
activities; details of the procedure relating to the East-Weston report.
- Aug. 25: E. T. Atkins - clarification of events surrounding the publication
of the East-Weston Report.
- Aug. 25: Thomas Barbour - comments on letter
from W. H. Weston.
- Oct. 31: John Jay Chapman - letter
addressed to Bishop Lawrence ;lament over the appointment of an R. C. Fellow at
- Nov. 17: Henry James - criticism of the existence
of "two biological establishments within the university;" suggestions for a new administrative
- Nov. 18: Henry James - approval of Ames'
observations concerning botanical establishments.
- Folder 11 -
- Feb. 27: E.
C. Jeffrey - thanks for compliments on recently published Coal
views on development of biology at the University.
- Apr. 27: G. H. Parker - pledge to withdraw from
the use of room at Botanical Museum when that institution needs it.
- Folder 12 -
- Aug.18: Charles La Rochelle - complaining about unfair dismissal.
- Aug.19: Charles La Rochelle - explaining dissatisfaction with him.
- Folder 13 -
- Feb. 20: Notes on
telephone calls and Bussey personnel concerning proposed changes in Arnold Arboretum
greenhouse and additional laboratory space.
- Apr. 30: E. H. Wilson to Harvard President
A. Lawrence Lowell - summary of steps taken to adjust expenses at the
Arnold Arboretum.; account of personnel discharged.
- May 2: President Lowell - people's approval of appointment of Ames as
chairman on the Council of Botanical Curation.
- May 4: President Lowell - request for clarification of
responsibilities and titles at the Arnold Arboretum
and the Botanical Museum.
- May 23: Christian Van der Voet - request for
permission to remain in his house.
- May 28: Van der Voet - permission to stay in his house while working for
- Jun. 28: John Barr - request for recommendation
for Van der Voet.
- Jul. 5: John Barr - letter declining to
recommend Christian Van der Voet for position.
- Jul. 8: John Barr - acknowledging letter
concerning Van der Voet.
- Aug. 18: Dr. Wheeler - report on visit to
Bussey Institution with thought of
establishing the Arnold Arboretum nursery and greenhouse there.
- Aug. 19: W. M .Wheeler - approval of
plan; possibility of medical school using Bussey land. >Ames notes with diary of events,
- Folder 14 -
- Jan. 4: E. H.
Wilson - re automobiles in the Arboretum.
- Jan. 20: Letter from "business secretary" to Ames - concerning driving in
the Arboretum; permits.
- Feb. 17: Copy of letter to Professor Bailey - clarification of plans for new
Arboretum greenhouse and attached building on
Bussey Institution land.
- Feb. 17: I. W. Bailey - suggestion that
and Arboretum plans be held in abeyance and further planning discussed.
- Feb. 18: Ames' handwritten notes of meeting and telephone conversation
with President Lowell concerning Bussey and
- Feb. 18: Professor William M. Wheeler - sharing
cost of remodeling and additions at Bussey Institution.
- Feb. 18: Professors Bailey, Brues and East - modified copy of above letter.
- Feb. 20: I. W. Bailey - common needs of the
Arnold Arboretum and Bussey Institution.
- Mar. 2: Ralph H. Cheney - request for career
- Mar. 5: Ralph Cheney, written on
behalf of Ames, explaining Ames'
absence from the University.
- Mar.10: Ralph H. Cheney - acknowledgement of letter.
- Mar. 23: Wilson Popenoe - Standley's appointment
and attitude towards working at the Arnold Arboretum
- Mar. 27: Ralph H. Cheney - advice on how to deal with changes in the
- May 17: Henry S. Hunnewell - suggestion that
Oakes Ames speak to E. H.
Wilson about a report from some Boston ladies that he occasionally
overdoes the cocktail hour.
- May 24: Henry S. Hunnewell -
promise to drop a friendly hint to Wilson;
reports on the appointments of Faull and Karl Sax to faculty of the Arnold Arboretum
- Jul. 31: W. C. Jaeger - question of Prof.
- Aug.14: Signed F.S. - appointment of Albert Steward
- Aug. 27: Clifford H. Moon - appointment of Mr.
Steward to be Assistant in Botany.
- Oct. 9: Wilson -report to President; need for new personnel.
- Oct. 10: Wilson - response to Ames' letter - need to appoint staff.
- Folder 15 -
- Jan.18: E. H. Wilson -
Jack's trip to Cuba; taking moving pictures of the Harvard Botanic Gardensin Cuba.
- Mar. 28: Wilson - department business
- Apr. 16: Wilson - concerning arrival of Malayan orchids; reply on reverse
- Apr. 17: Wilson - report on success of appeal.
- May 29: Wilson - regarding new greenhouse and budget.
- Aug. 3: Wilson - department business.
- Aug. 30: Alfred RehderF. P. Metcalf as temporary
- Sep. 14: Wilson - Prof. Jack's expense account.
- Folder 16 -
- Aug. 16: Keeper [E. H.
Wilson] - herbarium specimens of roses from Weigel.
- Folder 17 -
- Jan. 21: H.
P. Kelsey - permit to drive in Arnold
- Feb. 9: From the Office of the Auditor - estimated income of the Arnold
- Apr. 27: Joseph F. Rock - collecting in
China and transcribing notes.
- May 11: E. D. Merrill - sponsoring of Djott-
- Jun. 22: C. T .White - Solomon Island plants;
funding for Mr. Kajewski.
- Sep.11: R. B. Johnson - installation of new boiler
at Arnold Arboretum.
- Aug. 7: No signature, probably from E.D. Merrill - proposal to locate
ladies' rest room on second floor of administration building.
- Sep. 21: A. L. Endicott - purchase of a new boiler
for the Arnold Arboretum
- Sep. 21: W.C. Saegar - concerning the increase in wages for two
- Nov. 6: Henry L. Shattuck - proposed awards
granted by the City of Boston for the property on Centre Street.
1931-1932 Expenditure at the
- Folder 18 -
- Jan. 6: A.
Lawrence Lowell - appointment of interim committee for Farlow Herbarium.
- Jan. 9: A. C. Seward - regarding upcoming visit
to the Arnold Arboretum
- Jan. 28: Charles Curtis - explaining the
Arboretum's stand on the identification of nursery stock.
- Jan. 29: Hugh Raup - concerning Raup's
appointment not continuing at the Arboretum.
- Feb. 2: A. L. Endicott - the use of Sears gift for the Arnold
Arboretum Horticultural Library.
- Feb. 29: W. C. Saeger - Prof. Faull to approve bills
in Ames' absence.
- Mar. 28: Victor Cutter - acknowledgment of
Ames' decision to take a
Caribbean cruise on the United Fruit Company steamship, Calamares.
- Apr. 29: G. Van Jahres from Christine
Buisman; fungus on elm twigs.
- May 16: Ames from H. I Pratt - with enclosure
from Christine Buisman concerning Dutch Elm disease.
- May 16: N. Johnson -covering letter for the
- May 27: Mayor Crampton Jones -concerning the
- Jun. 7: J. B. Edwards - distress at
comments on specimens.
- Jun. 10: Mary D. Hunnewell - inquiry into
possible work at Arnold Arboretum for Richard J. Eaton.
- Jun. 11: Mrs. Hunnewell - re Richard J. Eaton as a potential employee at
the Arnold Arboretum.
- Jun. 13: Mary D. Hunnewell - acknowledgment of above letter.
- Jun. 16: President A. Lawrence Lowell -
concerning the budget.
- Jun. 18: Endicott - parking on Oxford Street.
- Jun. 18: Mrs. Pratt - no epidemic among trees at Glen Cove.
- Jun. 22: C. T .White - acknowledgment of
packages received; funding for Mr. Kajewski.
- Jul. 23: William P. Long - concerning the sale of
the Kingsley Estate on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, Mass.
- Aug. 20: William P. Long, Park Department -
visit to the Arboretum from Genetics Congress.
- Sep. 6: William E. Hoffman - invitation to give a
lecture on the orchids of China; establishment of the Natural History Survey in China.
- Sep. 28: Roger Wolcott - request for report on the
activities of the Arnold Arboretum.
- Oct. 1: Roger Wolcott - report on the personnel, activities and financial
activities at the Arnold Arboretum
- Oct. 5: Robert Blair Artz - notice of orchids
dispatched to Oakes Ames.
- Oct. 7: J. H . Faull - description of elm disease;
plan to start a research program to combat it.
- Oct. 13: Mr. Lundell - collecting in Guatemala.
- Nov. 2: de Forest - explanation of Arnold Arboretum as part of the
- Nov. 18: de Forest - description of qualifications and rules applied to
appointments at the Arnold Arboretum
- Nov. 21: T. H. Goodspeed concerning letter with a
list of botanical collections made by Rock in 1931; list of collections of J. F. Rock.
- Dec. 1: President Lowell - concerning abandonment of Botanical
- Folder 19 -
- Jan. 3: William P Long - concerning permits
- Aug 10: Edgar Anderson - controversy
concerning identity of first tree breeder.
- Sep. 27: Ivan M. Johnston - duplicate herbarium specimens from Paris,
- Nov. 6: C. H. Mueller - plans for collecting woody plants.
- Folder 20 -
- Jan. 27: President Conant - financial and building needs of the Arboretum.
- May 23: William P. Long - letter of appreciation.
- May 28: William P. Long - skiing in the
Arboretum and posting of regulations.
- Jun. 11: William P .Long - more about regulations.
- Nov. 19: William P. Long - dumping close to the Arboretum; a home for a
- Folder 21 -
- Jan. 23: J.
H. Faull - inaccuracies on labels on Arboretum specimens.
- Mar. 12: H. Hamshaw Thomas - regarding V. J. Chapman as reciprocant of Henry Fellowship and study at
- Mar. 22: Kenneth Murdock - Fernald's
appointment to the herbarium.
- Jul. 12: Alfred Rehder - voting procedure of
executive committee; appreciation for Ames' support of the herbarium; Rehder's status in the
- Jun. 23: Collector of Customs - request that films carried to Europe by
Prof. Rehder be duty free.
- Folder 22 -
- Mar. 5: E.D.Merrill - department business.
- Mar. 15: E.D. Merrill - terms of the Ames Fellowship in Biology.
- Jun. 11: Merrill - disposition of Faurie specimen.
- Jun. 11: Tom (Barbour?) - apology for behavior.
- Jun. 12: Tom (Barbour?) - response to a letter from Ames which upset the
- Jun. 17: Merrill - concerns their positions in administration.
- Jun. 20: Merrill - appointment of Louis Williams.
- Jul. 11: Merrill - information concerning Louis Williams.
- Folder 23 -
- Jan. 3: E. D.
Merrill - notes on Epidendrum conopseum.
- Jan. 6: Merrill - personnel; orchid.
- Jan. 25: Merrill - discovery of orchid
Zeuxine strateumatica in
- Feb. 6: Merrill - budgets and personel: Hubbard, Schweinfurth, Williams,
- Mar. 11: Merrill - discussion of staff
and orchids, Zeuxine.
- Mar. 18: Merrill - funds for supporting Vestal, Darrah and others in the
- Mar. 18: Merrill - review of his appointment to Bussey Institution;
proposal to make Vestal Assistant Director of Botanic Museum.
- Mar. 21: Merrill - funding of personnel.
- Mar. 27: Merrill - funding.
- Apr. 19: Merrill - summary of the history of "our botanical Institutions;”
fund raising by G. I.Goodale, and by Norcross and Marr.
- Jun. 14: Merrill - Ames' views of committees.
- Jul. 14: Alexander Blair, from Ward Shepard,
Director Lake Placid, Florida; Roebling Estate and the Cabot Foundation.
- Jul. 14: Thomas D. Cabot from Ward Shepard -
discussion of The Roebling Estate.
- Jul. 14: Professor Harlow Shapley from Ward Shepard - proposed solar
physics laboratory at Oak Ridge.
- Oct. 13: E.D. Merrill - re the Goodale and Norcross requests.
- Dec. 9: Merrill - application for permission to be absent during the
- Dec. 31: Merrill - tea plants for mother-in -law.
- Folder 24 -
- Jan. 4: Charles Schweinfurth from E. D.Merrill - details of material for orchid herbarium.
- Jan. 5: Alfred C. Redfield - re promotion for
Dawson to full professorship ; donation by Leo E. Frank of drawings of plants.
- Jan. 13: Alfred C. Redfield - request that Ames thank donor of plant
- Jan. 14: E. D. Merrill - story
concerning Zeuxine strateumatica.
- Jan. 19: Merrill - discourse on paleobotany & orchidology; speculation on
donating his own orchid herbarium to Harvard; prowess in golf tournament.
- Jan. 21: Merrill - Christmas card for Arnold Arboretum; retirement of Louis Bierweiler; death of J. K. Small.
- Jan. 26: Mrs. Frank - accepts offer of botanical drawings.
- Jan. 29: E. D. Merrill - Botanical Museum budget, professional
- Jan. 29: E. D. Merrill - proposal for Christmas card.
- Feb. 4: Merrill - thanks for fruit from Florida; funds for Darran ; receipt of
- Feb. 17: Hermon Slade & Co. - response to request for seed of
- Mar. 4: Franklin P. Metcalf - sets of orchid
dispatched for Ames' identification; expedition to Northern Kwangsi.
- Mar. 21: Rosa S. Robbins - receipt for making
- Mar. 22: Karl and Holly Sax - acknowledgment of receipt of oranges;
- Mar. 23: Merrill - jovial letter; talk of never lecturing again; future of
- Mar. 25: E. D. Merrill - funding for Vestal
- Mar. 29: Cap Weston - Porter's prospects and
- Apr. 2: John N. Porter - failure of seed of Zeuxine
strateumatica to germinate
- Apr. 5: David Fairchild - invitation to stay with
him; speech of Merrill's to be published in Occasional Papers of Fairchild Tropical Garden
- Apr. 5: Merrill - funding for prospective student Correll.
- Apr. 9: Merrill - salary funding for Vestal and Correll.
- Apr. 12: Mrs. Ross DeMott - rough sketch of lily
- Apr. 14: Merrill - budget and funding of Vestal.
- Sep. 12: Merrill - additions to Ames' bibliography
- Nov. 17: Merrill - publication of the bulletin reprinting Ames' article in Orchid Review.
- Nov. 22: Eugenio Fenix to E. D. Merrill purchase
of bolos; description of collecting services offered.
- Nov. 23: Eugenio Fenix - further offer of services
- Dec. 2: Merrill - discussion of budget.
- Dec. 3: Merrill - the budget, orchidaceae for N. A. Flora.
- Dec. 9: Merrill - printing of the Bulletin of Popular Information.
- Dec. 19: M. B. Foster - invitation to visit orchid
collection in Orlando; request for orchid publications.
- Dec. 20: Philip Dalton - thoughts on the future.
- Dec. 23: Photographic supplies bill.
- Dec. 25: Merrill - approval of collecting skills of Fenix; Merrill's donation
of orchid specimens to the Ames herbarium.
- Dec. 29: Charles Schweinfurth - regarding
- Dec. 29: Tracy Hubbard - request for funds to
meet current expenses at the Botanical Museum.
- Undated: Merrill - appreciation of critique of "T.P."; problems of
- Folder 25 -
- Jan. 4: E. D. Merrill - funding for Fenix; approval for Ames Herbarium ;
plans for distribution of herbarium specimens.
- Jan. 6: Telegram to Oakes Ames from Oliver - clocks and vases.
- Jan. 6: Donovan S. Correll - interest in
orchidaceae to be directed by Ames.
- Jan. 7: Elsworth P. Killip - Columbian expedition.
Orchids from Eastern Colombia available from Madrid Botanic Garden.
- Jan.12: Erich Nelson - appeal for funds to
complete work on European and Mediterranean orchids; testimonies of Nelson's atlas.
- Jan.16: Otto Nagel - outline of plans future,
including collecting for Ames.
- Jan.17: Donvan Correll - covering letter for paper submitted; update on
- Jan.19: R. A. Shapel - invitation to subscribe to
- Jan. 23: Merrill - suggestion that Schultes be accompanied on his trip to
Mexico to collect Chinantla plants.
- Jan. 30: E. D. Merrill - retirement of Redfield; appointment of Hisaw plans
to visit Florida.
- Jan. 30: Eugenio Fenix - from E. D. Merrill - advice on what items to
include in economic plants collected in the Philippines.
- Feb. 1: Dean Birkhoff from Redfield - fellowship for Schultes.
- Feb. 1: Alfred C. Redfield - concerning
scholarship for Schultes.
- Feb. 3: Julian Nally - invitation to visit Rollins
College to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of William Bartram.
- Feb. 3: A. H. Hatch - request for orchid seed;
appropriate funding to establish amount of radio active materials absorbed by plant
- Feb 3: M. B. Foster - estimate of 36 Mexican
specimens at 20 cents.
- Feb. 3: A .J. Hanna - invitation to attend upcoming meeting.
- Feb. 4: Dr. Redfield - funding for Richard Schultes; application for
- Feb. 8: Charles Schweinfurth - Brazilian orchid journal; sketch of
Spiranthes elata ; funds for Mrs. Wheeler.
- Feb. 11: Dean Birkhof from Alfred C.Redfield -
Schlutes' application for fellowship.
- Feb. 11: Herber W. Youngken - request for letter
of recommendatition for fellowship at Harvard College.
- Feb. 11: Ivan M. Johnston - Mrs. McKelvey's
problems at the Arboretum; better facilities desirable.
- Feb. 13: David Fairchild - acknowledgement of check to stenographer.
- Feb. 13: David Fairchild - pleasure at visit of
Ames and his wife; appreciation of Ames' interest in Florida botany.
- Feb. 14: Ivan M. Johnston - enthusiastic response to above letter; new
facilities for Mrs. McKelvey.
- Feb. 14: David Fairchild - reference to The Background of Economic
Botany; dissertation on influence of angiosperms on organic evolution.
- Feb. 15: H. A. Gleason - Ames should be senior
editor of orchidaceae for North American Flora; funding for Correll.
- Feb. 16: Montgomery - notice of Ames'
membership in the Fairchild Tropical Garden.
- Feb. 18: Alexander Gordon - request for
recommendation for book on orchids.
- Feb. 19: Ivan M Johnston - pleasure at arrangements for Mrs. McKelvey.
- Feb. 20: Otto Nagel - account of distribution of
orchid collection; search for work outside Mexico.
- Feb. 20: Donovan S.Correll - observations on
specimens and collecting; career ambitions.
- Feb. 25: Ivan M. Johnston - further arrangements for Mrs. McKelvey.
- Undated Merrill - regret at not visiting Ames in Ormand.
- Feb. 28: Mrs. Susan McKelvey - from Jerome D. Green on behalf of Ames, offering her a position as Research
Guest at the Botanical Museum.
- Feb. 28: F. Tracy Hubbard - funding for Vestal.
- Feb. 28: Jerome D. Green to Ames - clarification of title and facilities to be offered to Susan McKelvey.
- Feb. 28: Donovan S.Correll - papers for publication.
- Mar. 2: F. Tracy Hubbard - concerning paper by Schultes; printing and
- Mar. 3: Mrs. McKelvey - appreciation for work space provided.
- Mar. 3: Cap Weston - reminiscences; comments on Schultes and his
- Mar. 4: Merrill - activities of Mrs. McKelvey; Schultes' departure for
Oaxaca; funding for Schultes.
- Mar. 6: Heber W. Youngken - outline of academic plans involving Mass.
College of Pharmacy and Harvard College.
- Mar. 6: W. C. Saeger - funds to be given to Richard Schultes for his
- Mar. 7: David Fairchild - arrangements for meeting in Florida.
- Mar. 8: Merrill - budget for Botanical Museum; possibility of the Arnold Arboretum
being in the Gardens on Parade at the World's Fair.
- Mar. 9: Donovan Correll - help in seeking position; possibility of working
on N. A .Orchidaceae
- Mar. 11: Otto Nagel - to Dr. Louis O. Williams -
sale of list of Reko herbarium specimens.
- Mar. 11: H.A.Gleason - agreement to be senior author of Orchidaceae.
- Mar. 13: E. D. Merrill - funds for Schultes; Wright-Smith of Edinburgh to
visit Harvard; budget comments.
- Mar. 13: John N. Porter - request for seed of
- Mar. 14: E. D. Merrill - budget comments; Paul Vestal's salary; McKelvey's
- Mar. 15: E. D. Merrill - comments, alcoholic beverages; plans to work on
- No date E. D. Merrill - has donated 160 plates and desciptions of orchids
from Botanical Register he owned.
- Mar. 16: M. B. Foster - offer to collect orchids on visit to South America.
- Mar. 17: E. D. Merrill - status of Goodale and Norcross funds; Vestal's funding and responsibilities; funding for staff.
- Mar. 17: Merrill - cover letter for budget
- Mar. 17: Merrill - discussion of Goodale and Norcross fund; Vestal's source
- Mar. 21: Merrill - budget and personnel; Vestal's salary.
- Mar. 24: Dr. H. Harold Hume - request for advice
on getting grapefruit tree to bloom.
- Mar. 24: Susan McKelvey - appreciation for work space
- Mar. 27: Schweinfurth - request for funds.
- Mar. 28: Merrill - budget; reaction to newspaper report of Botanic Museum
exhibit at Mass. Hort. Soc. Flower Show.
- Mar. 29: David Fairchild - acknowledgement of photographs.
- Mar. 31: Burton E. Eames - report on completion
of California bank cases.
- Apr. 3: E. D. Merrill - the budget.
- Apr. 5: H. Harold Hume - concerning grapefruit flowering and the Citrus
- May 18: O. E. Sandusky - election of faculty
- Dec. 20: Merrill - defense of Darrah's textbook.
- Folder 26 -
- Mar. 15: Merrill -
Verdoorn a possible guest or "nominal official of Botanical Museum."
- Mar. 29: Merrill - concern about Vestal's future; future of
Economic Botany indefinite; Ames' plans for retirement.
- Apr. 21: Merrill - Ames' retirement intentions.
- Jun. 10: Merrill - Darrah's predicament
- Nov. 15: Merrill - notes on Cuban garden history.
- Nov. 18: Reprint from Chronica Botanica; receipt of
Economic Herbarium from Oakes Ames.
- Folder 27 -
- Sep. 8: Dr. Theodore Philipp Haas - request for
appointment; curricula vitae included.
- Folder 28 -
- Mar. 11: Merrill - career
plans of Correll.
- Mar. 24: F. B. Jewett to Thomas
Barbour - Brother Leon's elegibility for grant.
- Apr. 7: Merrill - funding for Correll and Dillon; Schultes' promising career.
- Sep. 19: Merrill - observation on past correspondence; "material for historic
remarks on the growth of the orchidological triumphs of Philippine botany."
- Oct. 16: Mr. Louis Wells, from P.R.Gast - comments on new corn
collection in Harvard Economic Botany Museum.
- Dec. 11: Merrill - snakes in Florida; discussion of "hilling", pokars, floating
- Folder 29 -
- Jan. 20: Merrill - further
discussion of "hilling"; Old and New World floating gardens; final comments on Darrah.
- Feb. 27: Merrill - more floating gardens; anecdotes concerning G. L. Goodale.
- Mar. 25: Merrill - order for copies of
The Bulletin; Dillon's checks.
- Apr. 10: Merrill - apologies for misunderstanding; Blanche working in
Washington on wall map.
- Apr. 15: Rehder - on the identification of a plant ( Rehder's reply on verso)
- Apr. 17: Rehder to Ames - identification of Vaccinium arboreum; nearing
the end of writing the bibliographic supplement to his manual.
- May 8: Brother Leon - acknowledgement of receipt of publication on
- May 10: Merrill - Correll's career; the making of an herbarium of wild
flowers of Ormond, Florida.
- May 24: Merrill - more on Florida snakes; comments on Small's "tome",
gasoline rationing and botanizing.
- May 27: Brother Leon - promise to send good
duplicates of Cuban orchids.
- Jun. 22: Mariano Pacheco Herrate - letter in
- Aug.12: Paul O Schaller - offer of herbarium
specimens and proposal to accept duplicate specimens for botany department.
- Sep. 18: Merrill - The Berlin Herbarium; Alberta spruce carrying cones on
- Oct. 4: Merrill - Correll's salary.
- Oct. 30: Brother Leon - thanks for information on nomenclature.
- Nov. 24: Brother Leon - appreciation of help with work on the family.
- Dec. 19: C. H. Lankaster - covering letter for
- Folder 30 -
- Jan. 6: C. H. Lankaster -
regret at loss of Schechter's orchids in Berlin Herbarium destroyed in the war; Schechter'sCosta
Rica orchids in Ames' herbarium.
- Mar. 22: C. H. Lankaster - information on activites in Costa
Rica; need for preservation of orchid area.
- Folder 31 -
- Feb. 7: C. H. Lankaster
- thoughts on current work; need for tropical sanctuaries; encouragement for work
on Costa Rica
- Feb. 16: Lankaster - account of source of his orchids and hopes for further
- Apr. 12: Notes of letter to Lankaster.
- Feb. 16: C. H. Lankaster - history and welfare of orchids.
- Jul. 23: Thomas Larkin - concerning the printing
and publishing of Who's Who in the South and Southwest.
- Oct. 29: Edwin O. Grover - appreciation for
books and other items received; enclosure of letter from Mr. Meed who provided orchid seed.
- Nov. 2: A. J. Hanna - invitation for Ames to visit
- Nov. 21: Rodney Wilcox Jones - agreement with
the idea to produce photographs in the American Orchid Growers series; Mr.
Dillon to be paid $100 a month.
- Nov. 21: Rodney Wilcox Jones - agreement with
- Nov. 30: Gordon W. Dillon - acceptance of an
article on the evolution of the orchid; publication of paper on vanilla.
- Dec. 23: Lankaster - request for orchids for Blanche Ames' orchid
- Folder 32 -
- Jan. 13: Lankaster -
description of Ames' greenhouse in Ormand, Florida; observations on the popularity of orchids.
- Feb. 16: Lankaster - history and welfare of orchids.
- Feb. 25: David Linder - suggestions for combating
fungus gloeosporium cinctum on orchids.
- Dec. 20: F. O. Thompson - appointment of Elso S. Barghoorn to teach paleobotany; report on finding nodules
south of Des Moines.
- Folder 33 -
- May 9: W. M. Buswell -
difficulty finding seed of Curcubita oceechabensis; intention to send
plants to Mrs. Ames.
- Folder 34 -
- May 21: Mrs. Oakes Ames from H. M. Buswell - intention to send Orchid bulbs to Mrs.
- Aug. 24: Donald Culross Peattie - questions
concerning anti-scorbutic value in underground parts of orchids; the use of sale by
- Sep. 8: Donald Culross Peattie - response to above
letter; copy of letter from Richard Schultes who had assemble information in Ames' absence.
- Sep. 21: Charles Schweinfurth - discussion and criticism of Peattie's key.
- Sep. 22: Donald Culross Peattie - presentation of Ames' ideas on orchid genera.
- Dec.16: Charles Schweinfurth - suggestions of information which could be included in a chapter written by
- Folder 35 -
- Jan. 25: Charles
Schweinfurth - appreciation for Ames' dissertation on orchid classification; suggestion that they collaborate on a chapter
on the key.
- Jan. 30: Charles Schweinfurth - suggestions on information which could
be included in a chapter written by Ames.
- Folder 36 -Undated [1920's?]
- Undated: Frances Wood - request to fill out questionnaire compiled by
members of the Michigan Library Association.
- Undated: R. E. Stevens - request for
funding of Y.W.C.A.
- Undated: Notes on personnel and activities of the American Orchid Society.
- Undated: Resume of Otto Warburg.
- Series: III. Budgets
- Folder 1
- Estimates of status of Arnold
Arboretum on Nov. 30 1931
- Question for Prof. John Jack to answer.
- Salaries at Arnold Arboretum for 1931-1932
- Cytology budget for 1931-1932
- Botanical Museum income funds 1931-1932
- Receipt of gifts for use to Jul. 30,1931
- Expenditures for Botanical Museum 1931-1932
- Series: IV. Photographs and Ephemera
- Folder 1: Photographs
photographs of Oakes Ames
- Folder 2: Ephemera
- Orchids at
Christmas Christmas cards of Oakes and Blanche Ames; illustrations of orchids drawn by Blanche Ames; photographs of portraits of Oakes and Blanche
Ames; introduction by Richard Evans
Schultes. Oakes Ames Orchid Herbarium by Charles Sweinfurth - seven Christmas cards
dated 1939-1944, 1948-1950
- Correspondence filed in chronological order. See Series II.
- Artz, Robert Blair
- Atkins, Mr. E.T.
- Atkins, Mrs. E.T.
- Bailey, I. W.
- Barbour, Thomas
- Barger, G.J.P
- Barr, John W.
- Birkhoff, G.D.
- Blumberg, Mrs. Carl
- Britton, N.L.
- Brown, Edward I.
- Brues, C. T.
- Buisman, Christine
- Buswell, W.M.
- Cabot, Thomas D.
- Calder, C.C.
- Calvino, Mario
- Campbell, C.
- Chapman, John Jay
- Colley R.H.
- Conant, James Bryant
- Crampton, Jones H.
- Curtis, Charles P.
- Dalton, Philip
- Day, Mary A.
- DeMeritte, Edwin
- Demott, Mrs.Ross
- Dillon, Gordon W.
- Eames, Burton E.
- East, E. M.
- Edwards, J.B.
- Endicott, A.L.
- Fairchild, David
- Faull, J.H.
- Foster, M.B.
- Frank, Mrs.
- Gast, P. R.
- Gast, P.R. to Wells, Louis
- Gilwan, Henry
- Gleason, H.A.
- Goodale, Francis G.
- Goodale, G.L.
- Goodspeed, T.H.
- Gordon, Alexander
- Green, Jerome
- Grover, Edwin O.
- Haas, Theodore Phillipp
- Hanna, A.J.
- Hatch, A.H.
- Herrate, Mariano Pacheco
- Hoffman, William E.
- Hume, H. Harold
- Hunnewell, Francis Willis
- Hunnewell, Henry S.
- Hunnewell, Mary D.
- Jaeger, W.C.
- James, Henry
- Jeffrey, E.C.
- Jewett, F. B.
- Johnson, R.B.
- Johnson, V.
- Johnston, Ivan M.
- Jones, H. Crampton
- Kelsey, H.P.
- Killip, Elsworth P.
- Lankaster, C.H.
- Langworthy, William F.
- Larkin, Thomas
- La Rochelle, Charles
- Leon, Brother
- Linder, David H.
- Lindo, Irene
- Long, W.P.
- Longdale, Edwin
- Loveless, Alfred J
- Lowell, A. Lawrence
- MacPherson, James
- Maxon, William R.
- McKelvey, Susan
- Meed, Frederick S.
- Metcalf, Franklin
- Montgomery, R.H.
- Mousley, H.
- Mueller, C.H.
- Nagel, Otto
- Nally, Julian
- Nelson, Erich
- Oakes, Sidney F.B.
- Orton, W.A.
- Parker,G .H.
- Peattie, Donald Culross
- Pierce, S.S.
- Popenoe, Wilson
- Porter, John N.
- Prain, David
- Pratt, Harold
- Pratt, Mrs. Harold
- Rackeman, Francis M.
- Raup, Hugh
- Redfield, Alfred C.
- Rehder, Alfred
- Rendle, A.B.
- Robbins, Rosa S.
- Robinson, B.L.
- Rock, Joseph F.
- Rusby, H.H.
- Saeger, W.C.
- Sandusky, O.E.
- Sax, Karl and
- Schallert, Paul O.
- Seward, A.C.
- Shapel, R.A.
- Shapley, Harlow
- Shattuck, Henry L.
- Shepard, Ward
- Slade, Hermon
- Stevens, R.E.
- Stewart, Albert N.
- Taylor, Edward H.
- Thomas, F.H.
- Thomas, H. Hamshaw
- Thompson, F.O.
- Torrey, R.E.
- Van der Voet,
- Van Jahres, G.
- Weatherby, C.A.
- Wells, Louis
- Weston, W. H. (Cap)
- White, C.T.
- Wheeler, William
- Whittem, A.F.
- Wilson, E.H.
- Wolcott, Roger
- Wood, Frances
- Youngken, Herber W.