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COLLECTION Identifier: far00007

Lizzie Churchill Allen watercolors of fungi

Scope and Contents

This collection contains watercolors, photographs, notes, correspondence, and reprints pertaining to Allen’s interest in mycology. The collection spans 1902-1925. There are eight boxes of original watercolor illustrations of fungi, an index of the watercolors, a box of notes describing fungi, primarily the genera Lactarius and Russula, photographs of fungi, reprints of articles about Russula, and one letter from Edward Thompson Harper.

Waltercolors are stamped with a unique number. Many illustrations are matted which was probably done after the collection was acquired. Many of the plates contain pencil notes. Pencil notes are by Allen as well as other hands. Corrected scientific names and other information added by library staff appears in square brackets in the finding aid.

Dates

  • 1902-1925

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

These illustrations may be under copyright.

Extent

2.3 linear feet (9 flat boxes) ; plates 29 x 36 cm.

Biography

Lizzie Churchill Allen was born March 31, 1885 in Westport, Massachusetts, to Asa Bodfish and Emma L. Allen (née Manchester). She was an amateur mycologist and an active member of the Boston Mycological Club. Allen never married and lived with her parents in Westport. She died on July 29, 1956, in Bedford, Massachusetts, and is buried at the Westport Point Cemetery.

Series Description

The collection is divided into two series. Series I - Watercolors. Eight boxes of watercolors of fungi arranged alphabetically by Latin name. Series II - Notes. This series contains notes, keys, indexes, correspondence, and photographs of fungi.

Provenance

The provenance of this collection is unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa DeCesare, June 1998. Rehoused by Danielle Castronovo, November 2018.
Link to catalog
Title
Allen, Lizzie Churchill, 1885-1956. Lizzie Churchill Allen watercolors of fungi, 1915-1921: A Guide.
Author
Archives, Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany, Harvard University Herbaria
Description rules
dacs
EAD ID
far00007

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Harvard University Herbaria
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