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Hodge, Walter Henricks, 1912-2013. Walter Henricks Hodge field notebooks, 1937-1940: A Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: gra00070
Repository: Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Hodge, W. H. (Walter Henricks), 1912-2013
Title: Walter Henricks Hodge field notebooks
Date(s): 1937-1940
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (3 volumes in file cabinet 11)
Language of materials: English


A letter found at the front of Journal I from Hodge to Richard Alden Howard indicates that Hodge loaned the journals to the Gray Herbarium in 1959 with the understanding that they would eventually be permanently deposited at the library.

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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.

Preferred Citation:

Walter Henricks Hodge field notebooks, Archives of the Arnold Arboretum (Cambridge), Harvard University.

Related Materials

Walter Hendricks Hodge Photographs, 1927-1973 (Collection 76), Archives, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri
Walter H. Hodge collection, Collection no. 65, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Biographical note

Walter Henricks Hodge was born on October 14, 1912, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in biology from Clark University in 1934 and an M.S. in botany at Massachusetts State College (now University of Massachusetts Amherst) in 1936. Hodge began teaching at Massachusetts State College as a graduate student and continued as an instructor in botany until 1942. He was granted leave to pursue his studies and spent 1938 to 1941 at the Gray Herbarium under Merritt Lyndon Fernald. He received an M.A. from Harvard in 1940. That year he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara "Bobbie" Taylor. She accompanied him on several trips to Dominica where they worked together to collect specimens for Hodge's doctoral research. He was awarded a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1941.
Hodge spent 1943 to 1945 in South America looking for quinine sources for the U.S. Department of Economic Warfare. At the end of World War II he became visiting professor and head of the Department of Biology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín. Hodge returned to the University of Massachusetts in 1946 to accept a position as associate professor. He was also the first lecturer in a Harvard graduate course on tropical botany at the Atkins Garden in Cienfuegos, Cuba, in 1950.
From 1950 to 1955, Hodge was worked as a botanist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He traveled through southern Africa in 1951 with the USDA Cortisone Program, working in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, and Tanzania. Hodge left the USDA to head the Department of Education and Research at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He made collecting trips to Australia, Indonesia, and Dominica as part of the USDA-Longwood Gardens Cooperative Ornamental Plant Exploration Program.
From 1961 to his early retirement in 1973 Hodge worked with the National Science Foundation in the Division of Biological and Medical Sciences as a special consultant and later as program and section head. After his retirement he was a senior research associate at the Bailey Hortorium at Cornell University.
Hodge produced over 200 publications and was an accomplished photographer. He was a member of several professional societies and received honors from the Society for Economic Botany and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, among others. He died on June 13, 2013.
Williams, JD. 2014. In memoriam: Hodge. Bull. Hunt Inst. Bot. Doc. 26(2):6, 11.

Scope and content

This collection consists of three bound notebooks containing a record of Hodge's collections in Dominica. They were written by both Walter and Barbara Hodge and cover multiple collecting trips to Dominica taken between 1937 and 1940. Information is arranged in columns and includes collecting number, species identification and notes, a number representing locality, and occasional dates.

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