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COLLECTION Identifier: far00004

Joseph Horace Faull papers

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, teaching materials, photographs, glass plate negatives, glass lantern slides, drawings, laboratory and field notes, and manuscript materials for articles and monographs, primarily pertaining to Faull’s botanical work.


  • 1912-1940


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available by appointment for research. Researchers must register and provide one form of valid photo identification. Please contact for additional information.


1 collection (5 cartons, 9 small glass negative boxes, 6 large glass negative boxes, 1 document box, 1 lantern slide box)


Joseph Horace Faull was born on May 3, 1870 in L'Anse, Michigan, to James and Catherine Faull (née Bennetts). Faull grew up on the Canadian shore of Lake Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1898. He taught mathematics at Albert College in Belleville, Ontario, for the next two years and returned to the University of Toronto to study biology in 1900.

The following year Faull went to Harvard as an Austin Fellow to study mycology with Roland Thaxter. He married Annie Bell Sargent in 1903. She was a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins University at the time and gave up her own career when they married. The couple had three children, one of whom, Anna, was also a botanist.

Faull received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1904 and accepted a professorship at the University of Toronto. From 1909 to 1910 he spent a sabbatical year at the Forstbotanisches Institut at the University of Munich.

Faull continued with his studies at the College of Forestry at Syracuse University. He also taught summer courses for several years at Cornell and Harvard. Throughout his career, he traveled extensively in the eastern United States and Canada to study forests, eventually expanding his collecting to the Pacific Northwest, California, Mexico, and Panama.

In 1928 Faull left the University of Toronto to become Professor of Forest Pathology at Harvard. Most of his time was spent studying pathology at the laboratory and greenhouse built to his specifications at the Arnold Arboretum. He was assisted by graduate student Grant Dooks Darkeron on his primary area of research tree pathogens.

Faull retired in 1940 but continued to work and publish into the 1950s. He died at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts on June 30, 1961.


Faull AF. 1962. Joseph Horace Faull, 1870-1961. J. Arnold Arbor. 43(3): 223-233.

Series Description

The collection is arranged into 16 series
  1. Series I - Correspondence
  2. Series II - Academic Materials
  3. Series III - Botanical Science and Pathology Materials
  4. Series IV - Forest Pathology Reports
  5. Series V - Arnold Arboretum Plant Pathology Reports
  6. Series VI - Field Data - Tree Observation Sheets, et al.
  7. Series VII - Collection Lists, Collection Cards, Collection Notes and Herbarium Lists
  8. Series VIII - Experimental Data and Reports
  9. Series IX - Mexico Trip Miscellany
  10. Series X - Biographical Material
  11. Series XI - Reprints
  12. Series XII - Photographs
  13. Series XIII - Drawings
  14. Series XIV - Glass Plate Negatives
  15. Series XV - Personal Miscellany
  16. Series XVI - Glass Lantern Slides


The collection was given to the Farlow Herbarium by Faull's daughter, Anna F. Faull.

Related Materials

Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria: Administrative correspondence of the Gray Herbarium and Harvard University Herbaria, 1890-1965; Roland Thaxter papers; William Gilson Farlow papers.

Processing Information

Processed by Jan M. Dovenitz, November 1998.

Faull, J. H. (Joseph Horace), 1870-1961. Joseph Horace Faull papers, 1912-1940: A Guide.
Botany Libraries, Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany, Harvard University.
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Repository Details

Part of the Botany Libraries, Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany, Harvard University Repository

The Harvard University Herbaria houses five research libraries that are managed collectively as the Botany Libraries. The Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany specializes in organisms that reproduce by spores, without flowers or seeds. The Archives of the Farlow Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany houses unique resources including personal papers, institutional records, field notes and plant lists, expedition records, photographs, original artwork, and objects from faculty, curators, staff, and affiliates of the Farlow Herbarium.

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