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COLLECTION Identifier: far00014

William Almeron Terry correspondence

Scope and Content

This collection contains one bound volume of letters sent to Terry, dated approximately 1864-1913. There are also photographs and printed material.


  • 1864-1913


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


0.2 linear feet (1 bound volume)


William Almeron Terry was born on October 14, 1828 in Bristol, Connecticut to Samuel Steele and Mary Stoughton Terry. He married Esther Amelia Ball in 1850. The couple had four children, Elizabeth, William, Carrie, and Charles.

He first worked as a clockmaker and eventually became a photographer and florist. After retiring Terry devoted his free time to the study of diatoms, making slides of diatom samples and exchanging slides and samples with a number of other diatom enthusiasts. Though best known for his work with diatoms, Terry also studied other algae and ferns. Terry spent most of his life in Bristol where he died on October 31, 1917.


Agassiz Association. 1917. William Almeron Terry. Guide to Nature. 10(7): 220.

Death of William A. Terry. 1917. Am. Bot. 23(4):142.

Federal Population Census Records, National Archives and Records Administration.


The provenance of this collection is unknown.

Related Materials

Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria: Clarence Alonzo Cheever papers.

Terry, William Almeron, 1828-1917. William Almeron Terry correspondence, 1864-1913: 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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