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Francis, George E. George E. Francis fungi scrapbook, approximately 1880-1895: 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.: far00029
Repository: Archives of the Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Francis, George E.
Title: George E. Francis fungi scrapbook
Date(s): approximately 1880-1895
Quantity: 0.3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: English


A note on the bookplate indicates the scrapbook came from the "Willey Collection gift of V.A. Clarke."

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.

Related Materials

Other related material at Harvard University: George Ebenezer Francis, Lowell, Massachusetts (1838-1912) [portrait]. Object 2.2002.1986. Harvard Art Museums.

Biographical note

George Ebenezer Francis was born on May 29, 1838, in Lowell, Massachusetts. He earned an A.B. from Harvard College in 1858 and continued his studies at Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1863. That year he married Rebecca N. Kinnicutt; they had one daughter. Francis eventually returned to Harvard to complete an A.M. in 1872.
Francis served as a volunteer surgeon in the United States Army before being appointed assistant surgeon in the Navy in 1861. He left the Navy to open a private medical practice in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1865.
Francis had wide-ranging interests outside of his work as a physician. He was a prominent member of the Worcester County Horticultural Society, serving as president for three years and as vice president for 19 years. He was known for his expertise on native mushrooms and flowers. Francis was also a member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the American Antiquarian Society and was active in the public schools and library in Worcester. He died on November 20, 1912.
Annual members. In: Trans. Mass. Hort. Soc. 1886:421-423.
Harvard University. 1900. Quinquennial catalogue of the officers and graduates of Harvard University, 1636-1900. Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press.
Hixon AA. The presidents of the society. In: Transactions of the Worcester County Horticultural Society secretary's report for 1910. Worcester (MA): Commonwealth Press; 174-175.
Utley S. 1913. Obituaries: George Ebenezer Francis. Proc. Amer. Antiq. Soc. 23:10-11.

Scope and content

This collection consists of a scrapbook labeled "American Fungi" containing illustrations and information on fungi, particularly mushrooms. There is some manuscript material but the scrapbook is predominantly illustrations. Some illustrations are full book plates while others are clippings from books adhered to loose paper with a handwritten citation. The scrapbook was on loose leaves in a binder, organized alphabetically by species, with a few exceptions. Original order has been maintained.

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