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Rudolph Beer (1873–1940)


Plant pathologist

Papers, ca.1906–ca.1913
and n.d.

HI Archives collection no. 6
One box

At this time, the Archives does not have
any portraits of this subject.

Biographical note
Rudolph Beer was a botanist with private means who worked for a time at [the Royal Botanic Gardens,] Kew. At the time of his death during the war, on 23 September 1940, his large botanical library consisted mostly of pamphlets, periodicals, and textbooks. It was more or less thrown into an outhouse where it remained, deteriorating through damp, rats, and hooligans, until the death of Beer’s widow in 1961. The housekeeper then had the enterprise to get in touch with the Linnean Society and the Commonwealth Mycological Institute. Dr. Geoffrey Clough Ainsworth (1905–1998) salvaged what he could from the remains. Among these were letters from Agnes Arber, the originals of some of Beer’s papers, and reprints of these.

— William T. Stearn, British Museum of Natural History, 7 November 1962

Content note
This collection was received from William T. Stearn, British Museum, May 1962. It consists of nine file folders (ff), with one article per folder. Each folder, except for ff 9, contains a reprint and an original handwritten manuscript of the article.

Other resources
Biographical citations for this subject are available from the Hunt Institute biographical collection as a PDF.

ff 1 “On the Development of the Pollen Grain and Anther of Some Onagraceae.”
88 manuscript pages
In: Abdruck aus Beihefte zum Botanïschen Centralblatt XIX: 1: 2, 1905
Original handwritten manuscript; reprint
ff 2 “On the Development of the Spores of Helminthostachys zeylanica
34 manuscript pages
In: Annals of Botany XX: LXXVIII, April 1906
Original handwritten manuscript; reprint
ff 3 “On the Development of Spores of Riccia glauca
57 manuscript pages
In: Annals, XX: LXXIX, July 1906
Original handwritten manuscript; reprint
ff 4 “On Elaioplasts”
33 manuscript pages
In: Annals, XXIII: LXXXIX, January 1909
Original handwritten manuscript; reprint
ff 5 “Studies in Spore Development”
55 manuscript pages
In: Annals, XXV: XCVII, January 1911
Original handwritten manuscript; reprint
ff 6 “Notes on the Development of the Carpophore of Agaricaceae”
25 manuscript pages
In: Annals, XXV: XCIX, July 1911
Original handwritten manuscript; reprint
ff 7 “Studies in Spore Development. III. The Premeitotic and Meitotic Nuclear Divisions of Equisetum arvense
69 manuscript pages
In: Annals, XXVII: CVIII, October 1913
Original handwritten manuscript; reprint
ff 8 “Ant-Gardens and Ant-Hotels”
30 manuscript pages
Name of journal not on reprint
Original handwritten manuscript; reprint
ff 9 “The Spores of Equisetum
16 manuscript pages
Manuscript only

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