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Dawson, Elmer Yale 1918-1966  Search this
Dawson, Elmer Yale 1918-1966  Search this
Charles Darwin Foundation  Search this
San Diego Natural History Museum  Search this
University of Southern California  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Botany  Search this
University of California (1868-1952)  Search this
United States Army  Search this
Allan Hancock Foundation  Search this
Beaudette Foundation for Biological Research  Search this
Physical description:
10 cu. ft. (20 document boxes)
Collection descriptions
Field notes
E. Yale Dawson (1918-1966) came to the Smithsonian Institution in 1965 to accept the newly established position of Curator of Cryptogamic Botany in the National Museum of Natural History. Dawson received his A.B. degree in 1940 from the University of California, and two years later he received his Ph.D. degree from the same institution. After a term of service in the United States Army, Dawson was a Research Associate at the Allan Hancock Foundation, University of Southern California (USC), from 1945 to 1955. In 1956 he was appointed Professor of Biology at USC, a position which he held with some interruptions, until 1964. From 1958 to 1962, he served as Research Director of the Beaudette Foundation for Biological Research; in 1964 he was Director of the San Diego Natural History Museum; and from 1964 until his death he served as Secretary of the Americas for the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands. Dawson's research specialties included benthic marine algae, especially Rhodophyta of the tropical and subtropical Pacific, and Cactaceae. He published numerous books and papers on marine algae, cacti, and succulents. On June 22, 1966, Dawson drowned while diving for seaweed in the Red Sea.
Description in control file.
(1) General correspondence, 1934-1966; (2) book drafts, unpublished typescripts, lecture notes, field notes, circa 1941-1966
This collection contains papers documenting the professional and personal life of E. Yale Dawson, with most of the collection consisting of correspondence with colleagues. There are, in addition, a few segments of field notes, manuscripts, and typescript copies, and drafts of some of his later publications. The collection generally does not include research and field notes, or publications.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Botany  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU007097
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives