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Call No.: far00013
Repository: Archives of the Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Fisher, George A. (George Albert), 1867-1937
Title: George Albert Fisher diatom papers
Quantity: 1 collection (1 bound volume)
Language of materials: English
Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria: Clarence Alonzo Cheever papers; William Almeron Terry correspondence.
George Albert Fisher was born in Framingham, Massachusetts on February 21, 1867 to Sewall and Angie Maria Fisher (née Blanchard). He married Eunice Minette Damon in 1895; the couple settled in Reading and had four children. In May 1918 Fisher traveled to Bristol, Connecticut to assess the diatom collection of William Almeron Terry, comprising over 7,700 slides and 3,000 bottled samples. He purchased the slides from Terry's son, William, at that time and later that year purchased the remainder of the collection. Fisher corresponded with other diatom collectors, including physician Clarence Alonzo Cheever, to whom he sold his diatom collection, including Terry's, sometime in 1933 or 1934. Fisher died on March 26, 1937.SourcesVital Statistic Records, Massachusetts ArchivesWilliam Almeron Terry correspondence, Archives of the Farlow Reference Library, Harvard UniversityClarence Alonzo Cheever papers, Archives of the Farlow Reference Library, Harvard University
This collection consists of one bound volume containing correspondence to Fisher and 24 photographs. Letters are dated 1906-1933 and primarily pertain to diatoms and microscopy and to arrangements to sell, purchase, and exchange diatom samples. Major correspondents include Oliver Kendall, Jr., William Aldworth Poyser, William H. Pratt, and Joseph Parker Wintringham. Photographs are mostly images of diatoms.