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Sparrow, F. K. (Frederick Kroeber), 1903-1977. Frederick Kroeber Sparrow papers on Anton de Bary, 1974-1977: A Guide.

Archives of the Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Archives of the Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany, Botany Libraries, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: far00001
Repository: Archives of the Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Sparrow, F. K. (Frederick Kroeber), 1903-1977
Title: Frederick Kroeber Sparrow papers on Anton de Bary
Date(s): 1974-1977
Quantity: 1 collection (47 folders in 1 box)
Language of materials: English

Provenance:

The collection was given to the Farlow Herbarium by Sparrow's widow, Anna.

Processing Information:

Processed by Gretchen Wade
August 1998

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is available by appointment for research. Researchers must register and provide two forms of valid photo identification. Please contact botref@oeb.harvard.edu for additional information.

Biography

Frederick Kroeber Sparrow was born on May 11, 1903, in Washington, D.C., to Minnie Tomlinson and Frederick Kroeber Sparrow, Sr. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1925 and married Anna Elizabeth Gabler. The couple had two sons, Frederick and George. Gabler was a feminist and scholar who served on the faculty in the English Department for a period while Sparrow was teaching there.
Soon after their marriage, Sparrow and Anna moved to Cambridge so that Sparrow could begin his graduate studies at Harvard University. He received an A.M. from Harvard in 1926 and a Ph.D. in 1929. After completing his doctorate he accepted a teaching position at Dartmouth College where he was later appointed an assistant professor in biology.
Sparrow was particularly interested in Chytridiomycetes and aquatic fungi. He conducted research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Falmouth, Massachusetts during the summers of 1934 through 1935. Sparrow returned to the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in 1936 and became a full professor of botany in 1949. He also taught and conducted research at the University of Michigan Biological Station, acting as director from 1967 to 1968. Sparrow frequently traveled to teach, conduct research, and attend conferences, and retired from the University of Michigan in 1973. In August 1977 he presented an address on German botanist and mycologist Anton de Bary at the Second International Mycological Congress in Tampa, Florida.
Sparrow died on October 2, 1977, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Sources

Series Description

The collection is divided into four series.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence, photocopied articles, handwritten notes, slides, and photographs pertaining to Sparrow's manuscript of his address on Anton de Bary.

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