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Klatt, Frederich Wilhelm, 1825-1897. Frederich Wilhelm Klatt plant descriptions, 1864-1896: A Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: gra00038
Repository: Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Klatt, Friedrich Wilhelm, 1825-1897
Title: Friedrich Wilhelm Klatt plant descriptions
Date(s): 1864-1896
Quantity: 1 collection (7 folders in shared box X)
Language of materials: Latin


The provenance of this collection is unknown. A label on one of the notebooks indicates that it was purchased.

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Processed by Lynn McWhood
January 1982

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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.

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Frederich Wilhelm Klatt plant descriptions, Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University.


Friedrich Wilhelm Klatt was born on February 13, 1825, in Hamburg, Germany. He intended to become an artist but gave up that ambition after the paintings he had prepared for an art exhibition were destroyed in a fire in 1842. He instead turned to education and took over administration of a private boys school with his brother. He taught there until the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870.
Klatt was married in 1856. Around the same time, he became acquainted with Johann Georg Christian Lehmann, founder of the Hamburg Botanical Garden. Lehmann encouraged Klatt in his botanical studies and tasked him with organizing his personal herbarium.
Klatt was awarded an honorary doctorate and offered a professorship at the University of Rostock in 1864 but declined the position, likely so he could remain in Hamburg.
In the years following the Franco-Prussian War, Klatt continued teaching natural sciences at schools around Hamburg. His wife died in 1894 and Klatt suffered a heart attack and died on March 3, 1897.
Schinz H. 1897. Friedrich Wilhelm Klatt. Bull. Herb. Boissier. 5:836-839.

Scope and Content

The Klatt collection contains notebooks, loose notes, and manuscript material, primarily consisting of plant descriptions in Latin.

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