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COLLECTION Identifier: far00005

Carroll William Dodge papers

Scope and Contents

The Dodge Papers contain correspondence, notes, memoranda, manuscripts, drafts, lists, receipts, lecture notes, teaching materials, dissertation notes, grants, memorabilia, financial records, notebooks, field diaries, collection lists, original drawings, illustrations, plates, and photographs relating to Dodge's research and identification of lichens and fungi. The bulk of the correspondence is between Dodge and other botanists and is dated approximately 1916-1990.

Principal correspondents include:
  1. Allen, Paul Hamilton
  2. Boston Mycological Club
  3. British Mycological Society
  4. Church, Margaret Brooks
  5. Herre, Albert William Christian Theodore
  6. Jackson, Herbert Spencer
  7. Johnson, George T.
  8. Kinsey, Alfred Charles
  9. Le Gallo, Casimir Julien Marie
  10. Linder, David Hunt
  11. Llano, George Albert
  12. Mahu, Manuel
  13. Miller, Harry M. Jr.
  14. Morton, Conrad Vernon
  15. Mycological Society of America
  16. New England Botanical Club
  17. Parks, Harold Ernest
  18. Seaver, Fred Jay
  19. Thaxter, Roland
  20. Verdoorn, Frans
  21. Zeller, Sanford Myron

Additional to the Dodge Papers, and stored separately, is a shelflist to the Dodge books, and the Dodge taxonomic files.


  • circa 1847-1990


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65 linear feet (25 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 3 half-width manuscript boxes, 3 flat boxes, 46 card file boxes, 1 loose vasculum, 1 oversize folder in Archives Map Case)


Carroll William Dodge was born on January 20, 1895, in Danby, Vermont. He attended Burr and Burton Seminary in Manchester, Vermont, and studied classics at Middlebury College, earning an A.B. in 1915 and an M.A. in 1916. At Middlebury, Dodge met mycologist Edward Angus Burt who was a professor there at the time. After completing his studies, Dodge followed Burt to Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and studied plant physiology and biochemistry under Benjamin M. Duggar. He completed his Ph.D. in 1918.

Dodge served in the United States Army from 1918 to 1919. He spent the summer of 1919 as a chemist for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Industry and began teaching botany at Brown University that fall. He became a full professor, but left Brown at the end of the 1920-1921 academic year to accept a position as Instructor of Botany at Harvard. In 1924 Dodge was made Assistant Professor and Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium. During his time at the Farlow he doubled the herbarium collections through purchase and through his own collecting in Canada and Latin America, where he spent nine months on a Guggenheim Fellowship in Costa Rica (1929-1930).

At Harvard, Dodge took courses in Russian and met the daughter of his Russian professor. He and Bertha Sanford Wiener were married in 1925 and had two daughters, Anne Caroline and Mary Lavina.

Dodge received a second Guggenheim Fellowship to study in Europe. After his return in 1931 he moved to St. Louis with his family to teach at Washington University and to work as a mycologist for the Missouri Botanical Garden. He held both positions until his retirement in 1963 after which he became Research Professor at the University of Vermont in Burlington. He died in Vermont on July 21, 1988.


Rudolph ED. 1990. Carroll William Dodge, 1895-1988. Mycologia. 82(2): 160-164.

Series Description

There are ten series:
  1. I. Personal papers
  2. II.Coursework and teaching materials
  3. III. General correspondence
  4. IV. Lichen manuscripts
  5. V. Fungi manuscripts
  6. VI. Miscellaneous papers
  7. VII. Lichen and fungi notebooks, lists, diaries, and maps
  8. VIII. Photographs and plates
  9. IX. Card files
  10. X. Collecting gear and artifacts

Series I. Personal papers, 1847-1988. Contains correspondence, notes, memoranda, student exams, dissertation notes, grants, photographs, memorabilia, financial records, lists, and notebooks relating to Dodge's personal life, his appointments at Brown University, Harvard University, Washington University, and the University of Vermont, and his botanical research.

Series II. Coursework and teaching materials, 1920-1950. Contains lecture notes, teaching materials, notes, and notebooks relating to Dodge's lectures and class assignments.

Series III. General correspondence, approxiamtely 1916-1990. Contains correspondence relating to Dodge's mycological research.

Series IV. Lichen manuscripts, undated. Contains manuscripts relating to Dodge's research and identification of lichens. The bulk of the papers concern Antarctic, South American, and New Zealand lichens.

Series V. Fungi manuscripts, undated. Contains manuscripts relating to Dodge's research and identification of fungi.

Series VI. Miscellaneous papers, 1921-1971, undated. Contains correspondence, lists, manuscripts, papers, plates, and glossary relating to Dodge's various research interests.

Series VII. Lichen and fungi notebooks, lists, diaries, and maps, 1916-1961, undated. Contains field diaries, notebooks, and lists relating to Dodge's expeditions, research and identification of lichens and fungi, and research into medical mycology, including diseases of livestock.

Series VIII. Photographs and plates, approximately 1890-1938. Contains photographs (perhaps purchased) of St. Louis and the Missouri Botanical Garden, and plates relating to publication of the Dodge and Baker work about the second Byrd Antarctic expedition.

Series IX. Card Files, undated.

Series X. Collecting gear and artifacts, undated. This series contains Dodge's vasculum, collecting belt, jars and vials, as well as various other tools used by Dodge when he was collecting in the field. Also includes a medal.


The Dodge papers were donated by Dodge and his wife, Bertha, by his daughter Mary Cobb, and by Gladys Elizabeth Baker.

Related Material at Harvard University Herbaria:

Carroll William Dodge high school herbarium, 1910-1912. Call number: Herbaria Special Collections Dodge. Donated in 2020 by Mary Cobb, C.W. Dodge's daughter.

Two volumes of plant specimens collected by Carroll William Dodge while he was in high school. The specimens were in books called Herbarium and Plant Description: with Directions for Collecting, Pressing and Mounting Specimens, by W.H.D. Meier, and published in Boston by Ginn & Company, 1900, 1901.The Botany Libraries has a detailed inventory of the herbarium.

Processing Information

Processed by Claire Goodwin, February 1995. Finding aid updated and expanded by Danielle Castronovo and Ashley Tooke, 2022.

Dodge, Carroll William, 1895-1988. Carroll William Dodge papers, circa 1847-1990: 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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