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Burt, Edward Angus, 1859–1939

HI Archives collection no. 68
"Cryptogamae" manuscript, n.d. [ca.1903]
.25 linear feet (1 box)

Biographical Note

Edward Angus Burt (1859–1939) obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University, studying under William G. Farlow (1844–1919) and Roland Thaxter (1858–1932). Burt was a professor of natural history at Middlebury College (1895–1913). After that he was librarian and mycologist at the Missouri Botanical Garden (1913–1925), concurrently holding the position of professor of botany at the Henry Shaw School of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains the first and second drafts, mainly handwritten by Burt, of a manuscript written as a cryptogamic section for the seventh edition of Asa Gray's New Manual of Botany (New York, American Book Company, 1908) but never published. It was eliminated from the edition at the last minute due to size and scope constraints.

Finding Aid

A finding aid for this collection is available online.

Other Resources

For information about portraits of and biographical citations for the subject, see the Hunt Institute Archives Register of Botanical Biography and Iconography database.

Edward Angus Burt (1859–1939), Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri, 15 or 16 October 1914, photograph by G. E. Palfrey, detail of HI Archives group portrait no. 374.