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Repository: Botany Libraries
Creator: Faxon, Charles Edward, 1846-1918.
Title: Translations of Julius Milde's Botrychiorum monographia.
Charles Edward Faxon was born on Jan. 21, 1846, in a part of Roxbury, Mass., that later became Jamaica Plain. He was educated in public schools there and at the Lawrence Scientific School, from which he received a B.S. in civil engineering in 1867. After college, Faxon worked in the family leather business for a while and traveled to Europe. From 1879-1884 he was instructor of botany at the Bussey Institution.C.S. Sargent appointed Faxon assistant director of the Arnold Arboretum in 1882, and Faxon retained that post until his death. At the Arboretum, Faxon was in charge of the library and herbarium and drew the illustrations for Sargent's Silva of North America, among other publications. Faxon is best known for his botanical illustrations, but he also knew how to read a number of modern foreign languages and published a few articles which gave evidence of that knowledge. He died in Jamaica Plain on Feb. 6, 1918.References: American Men of Science, ed. 2., Sargent, C.S. "Charles Edward Faxon." Rhodora 20 (1918): 117-122.
The Faxon papers consist of a set of translations made by Faxon of portions of Julius Milde'sBotrychiorum Monographia. Milde's work was published in 1869, and Faxon's translations date from November, 1876. Faxon may have been in Europe at the time. Translated portions are:
- 1. Botrychium Ternatum
- 2. Botrychium Simplex
- 3. Botrychium Virginianum
- 4. Botrychium Matricariaefolium
- 5. Botrychium boreale
- 6. Botrychium Lanceolatum
- 7. Botrychium LunariaThe numbering does not follow the original order of the text. The translation was apparently given to G.E. Davenport by Faxon.Note: There are a number of other Faxon materials in the archives. Letters from Faxon can be found in the Historic and Semi-Historic Letters and in collections of individuals, including those of George G. Kennedy and George E. Davenport. There are also drawings and paintings (see pictures listing in Archives Guide).
Indexed in the main file under:Faxon, Charles Edward (1846-1918)Milde, (Carl August) Julius (1824-1871)Davenport, George Edward (1833-1907)