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Alexander William Evans papers

Call Number: MS 866

Scope and Contents

These papers consist of correspondence of Alexander William Evans, professor of botany at Yale University from 1901 to 1959 and chairman of the Department of Botany from 1920 to 1927. The correspondence, which is arranged chronologically, dates from Evans' tenure (1928-1959) as curator and curator emeritus of the Eaton Herbarium and other botanical collections, and concerns primarily the collection and identification of various species of lichens, mosses, liverworts, and other plants. Evans correspondents include botanists from America, Europe, India, Japan, and elsewhere.


  • 1931-1959


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Kline Science Library, Yale University, in 1977.


Correspondence is arranged chronologically.


1.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers contain correspondence covering Evans' tenure as curator and curator emeritus of the Eaton Herbarium and other botanical collections and primarily concern collecting and identifying species of lichens, mosses, liverworts and other plants.

Biographical / Historical

Ph.B., Yale, 1890, M.D., 1892, Ph.D., 1899, asst. prof. of botany, Yale, 1901-1906; prof. of botany, 1906-1959.

Guide to the Alexander William Evans Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
December 1981
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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