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COLLECTION Identifier: far00006

Charles Bullard algae drawings

Scope and Content

This collection consists of drawings of algae as seen through a microscope with handwritten descriptions. The drawings were made primarily between 1915 and 1921. Some of the specimens illustrated by Bullard were collected by other botanists, but most Bullard collected himself between 1892 and 1912. Most of the specimens were collected in New England, but specimens from Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington, and Wisconsin and from New Brunswick and Ontario, Canada, are also represented.


  • 1915-1921


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.


1.46 linear feet (3 document boxes, 1 half-width document box)


Charles Bullard was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, on August 5, 1869. He attended Somerville High School and graduated from Harvard in 1896. He was an assistant to William Gilson Farlow for many years. Bullard spent most of his life in Cambridge and never married. He joined the New England Botanical Club in 1921 and was an active member until his death on February 3, 1960.

In 1959 Bullard’s sister, Katherine, gave almost $1.5 million to Harvard University to endow a professorship and fund research in forestry and neurology. The Charles Bullard Professorship of Forestry, Charles Bullard Fund for Forest Research, and the Stephen Bullard Memorial Fund at Harvard Medical School were created.


Barnhart JH. 1965. Biographical notes upon botanists. Boston (MA): G. K. Hall.

Katherine Bullard leaves $1.5 million for forestry professorship at Harvard. Boston Daily Globe, 1959 Dec 15: 4 (col. 1).

Membership File, Archives of the New England Botanical Club.


The collection was given to the Farlow Herbarium by Bullard.

Processing Information

Processed by Gretchen Wade

November 1998

Bullard, Charles, 1869-1960. Charles Bullard algae drawings, 1915-1921: 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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