Albert Francis Blakeslee papers, 1904-1954

Mss.B.B585

Date: 1904-1954 | Size: 12.5 Linear feet, Ca. 15,000 items

Abstract

Mostly concerned with Blakeslee's studies on beans, blood groups, colchicine, Datura, embryo cultures, and horticulture. Many letters relate to the support and direction of the Smith College Genetics Experiment Station, which he headed. Other letters are about the Carnegie Institution of Washington, "Biological Abstracts," American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Philosophical Society, Institut de France, University of Connecticut. Also contains travel letters from Germany and miscellaneous lectures.

Background note

Albert Francis Blakeslee, a geneticist and botanist, served as the director of Smith College Genetics Experiment Station from 1943-1954.

Albert Blakeslee's boyhood was spent in East Greenwich, Connecticut, where he early exhibited a strong liking for natural history. This leaning was not encouraged by his pragmatic father, who wanted the boy's education to plan for a financially independent career; but his mother was more sympathetic. After the two years of teaching at Montpelier Academy in Vermont, his natural inclinations were not to be denied, and he entered graduate study at Harvard with a determination to become a botanist. His Harvard professors, Farlow and Thaxter, greatly helped Blakeslee's development as a botanist. He engaged in a classification of the Mucors and discovered the positive and (sexual) zygospores and observed their sexual fusion to start the diploid phase of the Mucor life cycle. His summer in Venezuela as a plant collector for the Harvard Cryptogamic Herbarium (1903) and his two summers of teaching nature study in the Cold Spring Harbor courses broadened his knowledge of plants and generated in him a deep love of teaching. Thus, when he went to Germany for a postdoctoral fellowship in 1904, he was already becoming well known as a botanist.

At the University of Halle he worked under the distinguished mycologist Klebs for two years, with some stay during the period at the Universities of Berlin, Leipzig, and Oxford. This fellowship was supported by the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Blakeslee became fluent in the German language, as became apparent in later years when such a distinguished authority as Erwin Baur, plant geneticist, sent to Blakeslee in preference to any other English-speaking biologist a copy of his proposed publication on the dysgenic effects upon German life and culture of the post-war occupation of Germany's Rhineland by the French. Baur requested Blakeslee to be so good as to translate the communication into good English, edit it, and submit it for him to some American journal, such as Eugenical Notes, edited by Davenport. The original manuscript by Baur, the translation and very extensive editing -- really a toning down -- by Blakeslee, and the subsequent letter of withdrawal of the communication by Baur are all in the Blakeslee Papers, an invaluable addition to our knowledge of the course of German eugenics in the period between the two World Wars (see B. Glass, "A Hidden Chapter of German eugenics between the two World Wars," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 125: 357-367, 1981). While in Germany Blakeslee spent much time in art museums and attendance at concerts, and formed cultural tastes that were a lifelong joy to him.

Upon returning from Germany, Blakeslee accepted an appointment as professor of botany at the Connecticut Agricultural College, later to become the University of Connecticut. He taught many courses, in summer as well as during the regular year, and collaborated with C.D. Jervis in two popular handbooks for the identification of trees in New England and in winter. He made crosses of tree species, and successfully produced the first interspecific hybrid pine. His broad concern with social applications of botany and with teaching are to be seen in his paper presented in an American Association for the Advancement of Science symposium in 1909 on the subject, "The Botanic Garden as a Field Museum of Agriculture." He also conducted research on the genetics of poultry, and found certain genetic traits with visible effects that were linked with high egg yield; also he uncovered a negative correlation between yellow color and the time of a year when the last egg is laid. He discovered that Rudbeckia hirta, the black-eyed Susan, is a frequently mutating species. Beginning what was to become his most famous genetical work, that with the jimson weed, Datura stramonium, he worked out the simple Mendelian inheritance of white versus purple flower color and of spiny versus smooth seed capsules. In 1914-1915, he gave, at Storrs, the first college course in genetics in the United States. Also, while on leave and at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as a research investigator, he resumed his early work on the Mucors; and in Datura found, in 1913, his first trisomic type, the "Globe" seedpod type, which has 2N + 1 chromosomes.

In 1915 Blakeslee was invited by C. B. Davenport, Director of the Carnegie Institution of Washington Station for Experimental Evolution at Cold Spring Harbor, to fill the place just vacated by George Harrison Shull, who was transferring to Princeton University. Blakeslee accepted, although he much regretted the loss of his opportunities to teach. He remained at Cold Spring Harbor until he retired in 1941, at the age of 67. He became greatly renowned for his work on Datura stramonium, in which he eventually found a trisomic type for every one of the twelve chromosome pairs in the species, each type recognizable by a distinctive phenotype of the seed capsule. With his assistants, he raised as many as 70,000 Datura plants in each summer. In 1920, he was joined by John Belling, a gifted cytologist, as his collaborator. They developed the skilled art of making acetocarmine stains of smeared plant chromosomes, a technique that became universally adopted as an enormous time-saver and also one productive of better microscopic differentiation of the chromosomes in the set. The typical chromosome numbers for many species of flowering plants were determined by the team.

In 1924, Dorothy Bergner replaced John Belling as Blakeslee's principal coworker. With Bergner, Blakeslee discovered a thirteenth trisomic in Datura. As there are only 12 chromosome pairs, a different explanation was sought, and found. There are also secondary trisomics, in which one arm of a primary chromosome has been doubled while its other arm is missing. Such a chromosome, added to the 12 types in which an entire chromosome is extra, greatly increases the diversity of chromosomal types. In search of the origin of these secondaries, numerous translocation types were found, types in which parts of two primary chromosomes had undergone a reciprocal interchange. In the pairing of homologous chromosomes that takes place during meiosis, these aberrations give rise to rings of four associated chromosomes, two normal plus two translocation chromosomes in the ring. Non-disjunction is a frequent consequence, and additional types of trisomics result. The discovery in natural populations of so much chromosomal diversity was a stepping-stone to the new evolutionary synthesis of the 1930s. Polyploid and triploid Daturas were also found, as populations from various parts of the world were analyzed. In 1937 it was discovered that colchicine will paralyze mitotic cell division and give rise to cells in which the chromosome number has been doubled. Using this technique, Blakeslee and Bergner produced polyploids, periclinal chimeras; and a new research assistant, Sophie Satina, collaborated in working out cell lineages during plant development.

Other collaborations, going back many years, were with E.W. Sinnott on quantitative inheritance, with I.T. Buchholz on pollen tube growth, with C.S. Gager on the use of radium to produce mutations. By means of exposures to radium or X-rays, 541 different gene loci were identified by mutation, 81 of which were mapped to a specific chromosome. It was also found that there was an increase of mutations during the storage of seeds. With I. van Overbeek, Blakeslee applied the techniques of tissue culture to the study of Datura genetic types.

In 1931, Blakeslee became deeply interested in the human inheritance of taste sensitivity to a chemical substance, PTC (phenylthiocarbamide). It is intensely bitter to most persons, but tasteless to others. Blakeslee checked this capacity in identical twins and found they were always similar in their capacity to taste PTC, or inability to taste it. He gave many popular lectures and demonstrations of this novel aspect of human heredity.

Blakeslee became involved in the administration of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as early as 1923, and moved to greater and greater responsibility as Davenport aged. Upon Davenport's retirement in 1936, Blakeslee was the natural choice to succeed him. By this time he was one of America's foremost geneticists. He had helped to reorganize the American Journal of Botany in 1935, had been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and to the American Philosophical Society, and had been honored by many foreign scientific and learned organizations.

Upon retiring at Cold Spring Harbor, Blakeslee spent two years as a research associate at Columbia University, but found in 1942 an ideal situation for his "retirement" years in an appointment as a visiting professor at Smith College. Here he started up a four-college conference (Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and Massachusetts State College -- later the University of Massachusetts) on Genetics, and a second on Human Relations. He initiated an active program of genetics at Smith College. With Miss Satina, he continued research on Datura by utilizing the technique of raising plant embryos in cell culture, in order to determine at what stage of development particular abnormal types led to deviations from normality, and just what they were. He became president of the Smith College Faculty Club, and worked to improve the conditions of retired faculty members. He spent much effort on human relations of the town-gown sort. As in previous periods of his life, he attended many foreign scientific congresses, for example, all of the Botanical Congresses (until 1950), and the Indian Scientific Congress in 1947. He was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 1948-1949. Upon his death, he left his estate to the National Academy of Sciences as trustee to provide continued assistance in maintaining and further developing a balanced genetics research program at Smith College. His personality was marked by great versatility, good humor, and a live social conscience. He was generous in giving credit to others in joint activities, yet in general somewhat reticent. These traits are reflected in some of his correspondence.

Scope and content

25 boxes, covering the period 1903 to 1955. A medium-sized collection, primarily correspondence, including outgoing letters from Blakeslee. Many routine requests. The collection lacks extensive communication with Blakeslee's research collaborators during his years at Cold Spring Harbor, but there are extensive files of correspondence with John T. Buchholz, Charles S. Gager, and E.W. Sinnott.

Digital objects note

This collection contains digital materials that are available in the APS Digital Library. Links to these materials are provided with context in the inventory of this finding aid. A general listing of digital objects may also be found here.

Collection Information

Physical description

12.5 linear ft., ca. 15,000 items.

Provenance

Gift from Smith College Genetics Experiment Station and the Genetics Society of America and accessioned, 12/08/1959 (1959 1700ms).

Genetics Note

AuthorFormatDate
Allen, C. E.Correspondence (26 items)1916-1934
Avery, Amos G.Correspondence (9 items)1923-1927
Avery, George S., Jr.Correspondence (34 items)1932-1953
Babcock, Ernest BrownCorrespondence (64 items)1922-1947
Barss, Howard P.Correspondence (47 items)1944-1946
Bateson, William N.Correspondence (8 items)1907-1921
Baur, ErwinCorrespondence (19 items)1906-1930
Bergner, A. DorothyCorrespondence (25 items)1921-1933
Biological AbstractsCorrespondence (6 folders)1927-1953
Blakeslee, Albert Francis (Series II-III)Manuscripts (87 folders)1915-1957
Blakeslee Family (Series IV)Manuscripts (30 pages)1912-1954
Botanical Society of AmericaCorrespondence (2 folders)1929-1953
Boyd, William C.Correspondence (86 items)1949-1956
Brink, R. AlexCorrespondence (18 items)1924-1947
Buchholtz, John T.Correspondence Manuscripts (45 folders (720 items))1921-1951
Bush, VannevarCorrespondence (20 items)1940-1952
Butler, E. G.Correspondence (34 items)1944-1949
Carnegie Institution of WashingtonRecords (3 folders)1924-1931
Cartledge, J. LincolnCorrespondence (48 items)1921-1952
Cattell, James McKeenCorrespondence (52 items)1904-1932
Chrysler, M. A.Correspondence (46 items)1907-1934
Cleland, Ralph E.Correspondence (182 items)1929-1951
Cook, Robert C.Correspondence (147 items)1924-1949
Creighton, HarrietCorrespondence (80 items)1949-1950
Davenport, Charles BenedictCorrespondence (200 items)1912-1943
Davis, Bradley MooreCorrespondence (69 items)1904-1944
Dodge, B. OgilvieCorrespondence (28 items)1921-1952
East, Edward MurrayCorrespondence (34 items)1909-1937
Flynn, John E.Correspondence (145 items)1943-1946
Four-College Genetics ConferenceRecords (6 folders)1943-1954
Fox, Arthur L.Correspondence (64 items)1931-1953
Gager, C. StuartCorrespondence (137 items)1914-1942
Gilbert, Walter M.Correspondence (65 items)1906-1946
Gortner, Ross AikenCorrespondence (35 items)1921-1933
Harvard UniversityCorrespondence (5 folders)1948
Hyde, James H.Correspondence (151 items)1947-1954
International Botanical CongressesCorrespondence (3 folders)1910-1954
Jones, Donald F.Correspondence (62 items)1923-1950
Karpechenko, Georgii DmitrievichCorrespondence (10 items)1929-1931
Merriam, John C.Correspondence (117 items)1921-1936
Meyerhoff, Howard A.Correspondence (22 items)1945-1952
Morgan, Thomas HuntCorrespondence (34 items)1904-1934
Muller, Hermann JosephCorrespondence (22 items)1920-1954
Randolph, Lowell FitzCorrespondence (25 items)1924-1948
Robbins, William J.Correspondence (34 items)1928-1954
Satina, SophieCorrespondence (36 items)1922-1954
Schramm, Jacob RichardCorrespondence (30 items)1921-1952
Shull, George HarrisonCorrespondence (90 letters)1909-1948
Sinnott, Edmund W.Correspondence (325 items)1916-1953
Smith College, Genetics Experiment Station (Series IV)Records (7 folders)1946-1955
Thaxter, RolandCorrespondence (27 items)1904-1928
Tukey, Harold BradfordCorrespondence (31 items)1944-1951
van Overbeek, JohannesCorrespondence (35 items)1942-1950
Weston, William H., Jr.Correspondence (45 items)1922-1943
Wetmore, Ralph H.Correspondence (34 items)1944-1954
Wright, Benjamin F.Correspondence (23 items)1949-1954
Ziegler, IrmgardCorrespondence (60 items)1958-1976

Physiology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics Note

AuthorFormatDateLanguage
Northrop, John Howard, 1891-1987Correspondence (3 items)1926English
Stanley, Wendell M. (Wendell Meredith), 1904-1971Correspondence (5 items)1942-1943English
Van Slyke, Donald D. (Donald Dexter), 1883-1971Correspondence (1 item)1952English

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Philosophical Society
  • Carnegie Institution of Washington
  • Institut de France
  • Smith College. Genetics Experiment Station
  • University of Connecticut

Genre(s)

  • Lectures.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Germany -- Description and travel.

Subject(s)

  • Beans - Research
  • Blood groups.
  • Colchicine - Research
  • Datura.
  • Embryology.
  • Geneticists -- United States.
  • Genetics -- Research.
  • Horticulture.


Detailed Inventory

Selected Inventory from Genetics Subject Guide
  
Allen, C. E.
1916-1934Correspondence ( 26 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 26 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Botany and plant genetics

Avery, Amos G.
1923-1927Correspondence ( 9 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 9 items )


Subject(s): Genetics of plants; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Biographical and personal data

Avery, George S., Jr.
1932-1953Correspondence ( 34 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 34 items )


Subject(s): Cytogenetics; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Smith College; Publication -- Biological Abstracts; Human genetics

Babcock, Ernest Brown
1922-1947Correspondence ( 64 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 64 items )


Subject(s): Travel -- Invitations, arrangements; Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Human genetics; Genetics of plants; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Biographical and personal data; Belling, John

Barss, Howard P.
1944-1946Correspondence ( 47 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 47 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Publication -- Biological Abstracts; National Research Foundation

Bateson, William N.
1907-1921Correspondence ( 8 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 8 items )


Subject(s): Genetics of plants

Baur, Erwin
1906-1930Correspondence ( 19 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 19 items )


Subject(s): Eugenics; Biographical and personal data; World War I -- Impact on science; Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Genetics of plants

Bergner, A. Dorothy
1921-1933Correspondence ( 25 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 25 items )


Subject(s): Genetics of plants; Cytogenetics; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Biographical and personal data

Biological Abstracts
1927-1953Correspondence ( 6 folders )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 6 folders )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Publication -- Biological Abstracts

Blakeslee, Albert Francis
1915-1957Manuscripts ( 87 folders )Series II-III

General physical description: Manuscripts ( 87 folders )


Subject(s): Genetics of plants -- Colchicine; Genetics of plants -- Mucor; Genetics of plants -- Datura; Human genetics -- Twins; Human genetics -- Taste; Human genetics -- Odor; Biographical and personal data; Honors; Lectures, public speaking; Unpublished manuscripts, notes, etc.

Blakeslee Family
1912-1954Manuscripts ( 30 pages )Series IV

General physical description: Manuscripts ( 30 pages )


Subject(s): Unpublished manuscripts, notes, etc.; Biographical and personal data

Botanical Society of America
1929-1953Correspondence ( 2 folders )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 2 folders )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Research support; Educational matters; Displaced German scholars; Committee activities; Botany and plant genetics

Boyd, William C.
1949-1956Correspondence ( 86 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 86 items )


Subject(s): Genetics of plants -- Agglutinin from beans; Laboratory techniques, equipment; Human genetics

Brink, R. Alex
1924-1947Correspondence ( 18 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 18 items )


Subject(s): Laboratory techniques, equipment; Genetics of plants; Embryology, developmental genetics

Buchholtz, John T.
1921-1951Correspondence Manuscripts ( 45 folders (720 items) )

General physical description: Correspondence Manuscripts ( 45 folders (720 items) )


Subject(s): Unpublished manuscripts, notes, etc. -- Abstracts; Genetics of plants; Biographical and personal data

Bush, Vannevar
1940-1952Correspondence ( 20 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 20 items )


Subject(s): Smith College; Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Genetics of plants; Cytogenetics; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Carnegie Institution of Washington

Butler, E. G.
1944-1949Correspondence ( 34 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 34 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Publication -- Biological Abstracts

Carnegie Institution of Washington
1924-1931Records ( 3 folders )

General physical description: Records ( 3 folders )


Subject(s): Unpublished manuscripts, notes, etc. -- Research; Carnegie Institution of Washington -- Reports; Carnegie Institution of Washington; Business -- Minutes; Business -- Meetings

Cartledge, J. Lincoln
1921-1952Correspondence ( 48 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 48 items )


Subject(s): Genetics of plants; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Biographical and personal data

Cattell, James McKeen
1904-1932Correspondence ( 52 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 52 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Editorial matters; Biographical and personal matters

Chrysler, M. A.
1907-1934Correspondence ( 46 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 46 items )


Subject(s): University of Maine; Teaching; Harvard University; Biographical and personal data

Cleland, Ralph E.
1929-1951Correspondence ( 182 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 182 items )


Subject(s): Cytogenetics; Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Laboratory techniques, equipment; Goucher College; Genetics of plants

Cook, Robert C.
1924-1949Correspondence ( 147 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 147 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Publication; Laboratory techniques, equipment; Human genetics; Editorial matters

Creighton, Harriet
1949-1950Correspondence ( 80 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 80 items )


Subject(s): Wellesley College; Scientific organizations, meetings, programs

Davenport, Charles Benedict
1912-1943Correspondence ( 200 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 200 items )


Subject(s): Travel -- Invitations, arrangements; Teaching; Human genetics; Genetics of plants; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; World War I -- Impact on science

Davis, Bradley Moore
1904-1944Correspondence ( 69 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 69 items )


Subject(s): Travel -- Invitations, arrangements; Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Genetics of plants

Dodge, B. Ogilvie
1921-1952Correspondence ( 28 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 28 items )


Subject(s): Genetics of plants -- Sex in fungi

East, Edward Murray
1909-1937Correspondence ( 34 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 34 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Genetics of plants; Human genetics; Cytogenetics

Flynn, John E.
1943-1946Correspondence ( 145 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 145 items )


Subject(s): World War II -- Impact on science; Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Publication -- Biological Abstracts; Political issues; National Science Foundation

Four-College Genetics Conference
1943-1954Records ( 6 folders )

General physical description: Records ( 6 folders )


Subject(s): Conferences and symposia; Amherst College; University of Massachusetts; Smith College; Mount Holyoke College; Human genetics; Genetics

Fox, Arthur L.
1931-1953Correspondence ( 64 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 64 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Human genetics -- Taste

Gager, C. Stuart
1914-1942Correspondence ( 137 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 137 items )


Subject(s): Travel -- Invitations, arrangements; Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Radiation genetics; Publication; Laboratory techniques, equipment; Human genetics; Genetics of plants; Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Gilbert, Walter M.
1906-1946Correspondence ( 65 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 65 items )


Subject(s): Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Travel -- Invitations, arrangements; Teaching; Genetics of plants; Educational matters

Gortner, Ross Aiken
1921-1933Correspondence ( 35 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 35 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Laboratory techniques, equipment; Human genetics; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Biochemistry and organic chemistry

Harvard University
1948Correspondence ( 5 folders )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 5 folders )


Subject(s): Teaching; Lectures, public speaking; Harvard University; Genetics

Hyde, James H.
1947-1954Correspondence ( 151 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 151 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Educational matters; Biographical and personal data; Travel -- Invitations, arrangements; Teaching; Smith College

International Botanical Congresses
1910-1954Correspondence ( 3 folders )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 3 folders )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; International Botanical Congresses; Conferences and symposia; Botany and plant genetics

Jones, Donald F.
1923-1950Correspondence ( 62 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 62 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Laboratory techniques, equipment; Immunogenetics; Editorial matters

Karpechenko, Georgii Dmitrievich
1929-1931Correspondence ( 10 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 10 items )


Subject(s): Travel -- Invitations, arrangements; Genetics of plants

Merriam, John C.
1921-1936Correspondence ( 117 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 117 items )


Subject(s): Genetics of plants; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Carnegie Institution of Washington; Travel -- Invitations, arrangements; Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Recommendations

Meyerhoff, Howard A.
1945-1952Correspondence ( 22 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 22 items )


Subject(s): Political issues; American Association for the Advancement of Science

Morgan, Thomas Hunt
1904-1934Correspondence ( 34 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 34 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Drosophila genetics; Botany and plant genetics; Biographical and personal data

Muller, Hermann Joseph
1920-1954Correspondence ( 22 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 22 items )


Subject(s): Smith College; Genetics of plants; Genetics; Cytogenetics

Northrop, John Howard
1926Correspondence ( 3 items )
Randolph, Lowell Fitz
1924-1948Correspondence ( 25 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 25 items )


Subject(s): Cytogenetics; Conferences and symposia; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Zea (maize) genetics; Laboratory techniques, equipment; Genetics of plants

Robbins, William J.
1928-1954Correspondence ( 34 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 34 items )


Subject(s): Russian politics and science -- Vavilov, Nikolai Ivanovich; Laboratory techniques, equipment; Genetics of plants; Evolution; Educational matters; Conferences and symposia; Biographical and personal data

Satina, Sophie
1922-1954Correspondence ( 36 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 36 items )


Subject(s): Publication; Fellowships, assistantships; Conferences and symposia; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Biographical and personal data; Biochemistry and organic chemistry; Smith College; Research support

Schramm, Jacob Richard
1921-1952Correspondence ( 30 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 30 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Publication -- Biological Abstracts; Editorial matters

Shull, George Harrison
1909-1948Correspondence ( 90 letters )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 90 letters )


Subject(s): Teaching -- Harvard University; Bibliographical matters; Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Publication; Genetics of plants; Editorial matters -- Genetics; Cytogenetics; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Botany and plant genetics; Biographical and personal data -- Vries, Hugo de; Biochemistry and organic chemistry; World War II -- Impact on science

Folder 1, 1909-1919
  
Folder 2, 1920
  
Folder 3, 1921
  
Folder 4, 1922-1923
  
Folder 5, 1924-1925
  
Folder 6, 1926-1928
  
Folder 7, 1929-1931
  
Folder 8, 1932-1948
  
Sinnott, Edmund W.
1916-1953Correspondence ( 325 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 325 items )


Subject(s): World War I -- Impact on science; Teaching; Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Russian politics and science -- Vavilov, Nikolai Ivanovich; Biochemistry and organic chemistry; Biographical and personal data; Botany and plant genetics; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Conferences and symposia; Connecticut Argicultural College; Genetics of plants; Human genetics; International Congress of Genetics -- Sixth Congress; Laboratory techniques, equipment; Political issues; Publication; Recommendations

Smith College, Genetics Experiment Station
1946-1955Records ( 7 folders )Series IV

General physical description: Records ( 7 folders )


Subject(s): Genetics of plants; Smith College; Graduate study; Conferences and symposia; Educational matters

Stanley, Wendell M. (Wendell Meredith)
1942-1943Correspondence ( 5 items )
Thaxter, Roland
1904-1928Correspondence ( 27 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 27 items )


Subject(s): Teaching -- University of Halle -- Blakeslee, Albert Francis; Congratulations, greetings, thanks -- Thaxter, Roland. 70th birthday; Botany and plant genetics

Tukey, Harold Bradford
1944-1951Correspondence ( 31 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 31 items )


Subject(s): Smith College; Laboratory techniques, equipment; Conferences and symposia

van Overbeek, Johannes
1942-1950Correspondence ( 35 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 35 items )


Subject(s): Publication; Laboratory techniques, equipment; Genetics of plants; Embryology, developmental genetics; Conferences and symposia; Botany and plant genetics; Biographical and personal data; Biochemistry and organic chemistry

Van Slyke, Donald D. (Donald Dexter)
1952Correspondence ( 1 item )
Weston, William H., Jr.
1922-1943Correspondence ( 45 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 45 items )


Subject(s): Travel -- South America; Thaxter, Roland; Botany and plant genetics; Biographical and personal data

Wetmore, Ralph H.
1944-1954Correspondence ( 34 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 34 items )


Subject(s): Scientific organizations, meetings, programs; Laboratory techniques, equipment; Harvard University; Conferences and symposia

Wright, Benjamin F.
1949-1954Correspondence ( 23 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 23 items )


Subject(s): Smith College; Research support; Biographical and personal data

Ziegler, Irmgard
1958-1976Correspondence ( 60 items )

General physical description: Correspondence ( 60 items )


Subject(s): Fellowships, assistantships; Editorial matters; Drosophila genetics; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Biographical and personal data; Political issues -- Germany; Molecular genetics; Immunogenetics

Photographs
  LH-B-33
F8.1.1. Albert F. Blakeslee, seated at desk. taking specimen from plant
1952Size: 14.5 x 22 cm.Format: 1 photoprintLH-B-33

Photo on book page that describes awarding of George Robert White Medal of Honor to Blakeslee. From Annual Report of the Federated Garden Clubs of Massachusetts.

F8.1.2. Carnegie Institution of Washington, Department of Genetics. Cold Spring Harbor, NY, exhibit, two panels.
1940Size: 20.5 x 25 cm.Format: 1 photoprintLH-B-33

Photographer Ferris Copper.

U4.1.1. Albert F. Blakeslee (with hat), T. Ruden, and A. Chavancy, outside, with others, at International Botanical Conference, Stockholm
1950Size: 6 x 9 cm.Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.2. Albert F. Blakeslee (with hat), outside, with two unidentified men at International Botanical Conference, Stockholm.
1950Size: 7 x 10.5 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.3. Albert F. Blakeslee, fifth from right, in line in greenhouse at International Botanical Conference, Stockholm.
1950Size: 7 x 10 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.4. Plant specimens, two treated and one untreated
UndatedSize: 10 x 12 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.5. Plant specimen, treated, microscopic enlargement no. 1
UndatedSize: 8 x 11 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.6. Plant specimen, treated, microscopic enlargement no. 2
UndatedSize: 8 x 11 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.7. Plant specimen, treated, microscopic enlargement no.3
UndatedSize: 8 x 11 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.8. Plant surrounded by vials
UndatedSize: 9 x 12 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33

From Ralph C. Benedict. 'No apparent injury after 3 3/4 days'

General physical description: Size: 9 x 12 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver print

U4.1.9. Jimsonweed, no.1
UndatedSize: 7 x 12 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.10. Jimsonweed, no.2
UndatedSize: 7 x 12 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.11. Jimsonweed, no.3
UndatedSize: 7 x 12 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.12. Albert F. Blakeslee, in classroom, at blackboard, explaining a diagram of a plant to six students
UndatedSize: 8.5 x 12 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.13. Albert F. Blakeslee, outside, seated at drawing board, 7th International Botanical Conference, Stockholm.
1950Size: 7 x 10 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.14. Albert F. Blakeslee and two unidentified men, outside examining a tree, at 7th International Botanical Conference, Stockholm.
1950Size: 7 x 10 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.15. Albert F. Blakeslee, outside with children, at 7th International Botanical Conference, Stockholm.
1950Size: 7 x 10 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U4.1.16. Albert F. Blakeslee, ouside with unidentified man, at 7th International Botanical Conference, Stockholm.
1950Size: 6.5 x 9 cm.,Format: 1 gelatin silver printLH-B-33
U5.1.1. Group portrait, Albert F. Blakeslee, standing outside, with datura workers, Carnegie Institution, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
1930-1931Size: 11 x 16.5 cm.,Format: 1 photoprintLH-B-33
U5.1.2. Group portrait, Albert F. Blakeslee, sitting in front of building, with students, Carnegie Institution, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
1922Size: 11 x 15 cm.,Format: 1 photoprintLH-B-33