Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

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Charles Edwin Bessey (1845–1915)

Conservationist; professor of botany, University of Nebraska

Items, 1867–1914 and n.d.

HI Archives collection no. 36

Folder file, box 1, 16 items

Bessey, Charles Edwin
Photographer: C. E. Watkins, San Francisco
Date: 1875
HI Archives portrait no. 1

Biographical and content note
Charles Edwin Bessey (1845–1915) was a professor of botany at Iowa State University (1870–1884) and at the University of Nebraska (1884–1915). This collection consists mainly of his handwritten notes and drafts relating to topics including a “list of flowers analyzed” (1867, 22 pp.); a freshman botany lecture (1878, 16 pp.); the importance of enthusiasm in teaching botany (1914, 4 pp.); his friend Asa Gray (2 pp.); “plants of [Jean Nicolas] Nicollet’s Expedition as probably were found within the present limits of Iowa” (11 pp.); “the Phyla, Classes, and Orders of Plants” (12 pp.); “Robert W. Furman’s Work on Forestry” (9 pp.); and Filices, Equisetaceae, Lycopodiceae, Musci, Hepaticeae, Characeae and Thallophyta (19 pp.). Also found here are two letters (1899, 1901) appointing Bessey a collaborator in the Division of Forestry, U.S.D.A.; a printed invitation (1909) to a banquet at the University of Nebraska in honor of his 40th year as a professor of botany; and other items.

Other resources
Individual and group portraits of this subject are available from the Hunt Institute portrait collection. Thumbnails of the individual and group portrait holdings are available as PDFs for research purposes. For publication-quality images, contact the Archivist to place an order.

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



Bessey, Charles Edwin
Photographer: E. H. Walker, Michigan
Date: 1914
Location: Michigan
HI Archives portrait no. 7


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