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Dodge, Carroll William, 1895-1988. Carroll William Dodge papers, approximately 1847-1990: 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.: far00005
Repository: Archives of the Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Dodge, Carroll William, 1895-1988
Title: Carroll William Dodge papers
Date(s): approximately 1847-1990
Quantity: 1 collection (29 boxes, 46 card boxes, 1 oversize folder in Archives Map Case, and collecting gear)
Language of materials: English


The Dodge papers were donated by Dodge and his wife, Bertha, by his daughter Mary Cobb, and by Gladys Elizabeth Baker.

Processing Information:

Processed by Claire Goodwin
February 1995

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is partially restricted. For further information, please contact the Botany Libraries at botref@oeb.harvard.edu.

Preferred Citation:

Carroll William Dodge papers, Archives of the Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany, Harvard University.


Carroll William Dodge was born on January 20, 1895, in Danby, Vermont. He attended Burr and Burton Seminary in Manchester, Vermont, and studied classics at Middlebury College, earning an A.B. in 1915 and an M.A. in 1916. At Middlebury, Dodge met mycologist Edward Angus Burt who was a professor there at the time. After completing his studies, Dodge followed Burt to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and studied plant physiology and biochemistry under Benjamin M. Duggar. He completed his Ph.D. in 1918.
Dodge served in the United States Army from 1918 to 1919. He spent the summer of 1919 as a chemist for the United States Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Industry and began teaching botany at Brown University that fall. He became a full professor, but left Brown at the end of the 1920-1921 academic year to accept a position as Instructor of Botany at Harvard. In 1924 Dodge was made Assistant Professor and Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium. During his time at the Farlow he doubled the herbarium collections through purchase and through his own collecting in Canada and Latin America, where he spent nine months on a Guggenheim Fellowship in Costa Rica (1929-1930).
At Harvard, Dodge took courses in Russian and met the daughter of his Russian professor. He and Bertha Sanford Wiener were married in 1925 and had two daughters, Anne Caroline and Mary Lavina.
Dodge received a second Guggenheim Fellowship to study in Europe. After his return in 1931 he moved to St. Louis with his family to teach at Washington University and to work as a mycologist for the Missouri Botanical Garden. He held both positions until his retirement in 1963 after which he became Research Professor at the University of Vermont in Burlington. He died in Vermont on July 21, 1988.
Rudolph ED. 1990. Carroll William Dodge, 1895-1988. Mycologia. 82(2): 160-164.

Series Description

There are ten series:

Series I. Personal papers, 1847-1988. Contains correspondence, notes, memoranda, student exams, dissertation notes, grants, photographs, memorabilia, financial records, lists, and notebooks relating to Dodge's personal life, his appointments at Brown University, Harvard University, Washington University, and the University of Vermont, and his botanical research.Series II. Coursework and teaching materials, 1920-1950. Contains lecture notes, teaching materials, notes, and notebooks relating to Dodge's lectures and class assignments.Series III. General correspondence, approxiamtely 1916-1990. Contains correspondence relating to Dodge's mycological research.Series IV. Lichen manuscripts, undated. Contains manuscripts relating to Dodge's research and identification of lichens. The bulk of the papers concern Antarctic, South American, and New Zealand lichens.Series V. Fungi manuscripts, undated. Contains manuscripts relating to Dodge's research and identification of fungi.Series VI. Miscellaneous papers, 1921-1971, undated. Contains correspondence, lists, manuscripts, papers, plates, and glossary relating to Dodge's various research interests.Series VII. Lichen and fungi notebooks, lists, diaries, and maps, 1916-1961, undated. Contains field diaries, notebooks, and lists relating to Dodge's expeditions, research and identification of lichens and fungi, and research into medical mycology, including diseases of livestock.Series VIII. Photographs and plates, approximately 1890-1938. Contains photographs (perhaps purchased) of St. Louis and the Missouri Botanical Garden, and plates relating to publication of the Dodge and Baker work about the second Byrd Antarctic expedition.Series IX. Card Files, undated.Series X. Collecting gear, undated. This series contains Dodge's vasculum, collecting belt, jars and vials, as well as various other tools used by Dodge when he was collecting in the field.

Scope and Contents

The Dodge Papers contain correspondence, notes, memoranda, manuscripts, drafts, lists, receipts, lecture notes, teaching materials, dissertation notes, grants, memorabilia, financial records, notebooks, field diaries, collection lists, original drawings, illustrations, plates, and photographs relating to Dodge's research and identification of lichens and fungi. The bulk of the correspondence is between Dodge and other botanists and is dated approximately 1916-1990.

Principal correspondents include:

Additional to the Dodge Papers, and stored separately, is a shelflist to the Dodge books, and the Dodge taxonomic files.

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