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E. Yale Dawson Papers

Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Extent:
10 cu. ft. (20 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Field notes
Date:
1934-1966
Introduction:
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women’s Committee.
Descriptive Entry:
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 and manuscript and typescript copies and drafts of some of his later publications. The collection generally does not include research and field notes, or publications.
Historical Note:
Elmer 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 at Berkeley. Two years later he received his Ph.D. from the same institution. The research for his doctoral dissertation he conducted as a member of Captain Allan Hancock's expedition with the Velero III to the Gulf of California. The dissertation was published in 1944 as The Marine Algae of the Gulf of California (A. Hancock Pac. Exped. 3:189-464). After a term of service in the U. S. Army, Dawson was a research associate at the Allan Hancock Foundation, University of Southern California, from 1945 to 1955. In 1956 he was appointed professor of biology at University of Southern California, 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. Dr. Dawson's research specialities included benthic marine algae, especially Rhodophyta of the tropical and subtropical Pacific; and Cactaceae. He published 165 books and papers, 96 of which were related to marine algae, the others mostly to cacti and succulents. Dawson's books include: How to Know the Seaweeds (1956), How to Know the Cacti (1963), The Cacti of California (1966), Seashore Plants of Southern California (1966), Seashore Plants of Northern California (1966), and Marine Botany: An Introduction (1966). On June 22, 1966 Dawson was drowned while diving for seaweeds in the Red Sea.
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Field notes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7097
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James William Buchanan - Includes obituary of Buchanan

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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N. C. Bunker

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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H. M. Burkhill

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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O[swald] A[ndrew] Bushnell

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
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B, General

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
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David K[eller] Caldwell

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Mary E[still] Caldwell

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru7097-refidd1e1062

California Department of Fish and Game

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru7097-refidd1e1071

Wendell H[olmes] Camp

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7097-refidd1e1080

F. L. Campbell

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7097-refidd1e1089

Ivan Campbell

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7097-refidd1e1099

Carol A. Carpenter

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Charles C[ongden] Carpenter

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7097-refidd1e1117

Annetta Carter

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7097-refidd1e1126

Raul Bonilla Carter

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7097-refidd1e1135

Richard W[illiam] Castenholz

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7097-refidd1e1144

Fenner A. Chace, Jr.

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7097-refidd1e1154

J. F. Chadwick

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7097-refidd1e1163

Leslie A[ddison] Chambers

Collection Creator::
Dawson, Elmer Yale, 1918-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7097, E. Yale Dawson Papers
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E. Yale Dawson Papers
E. Yale Dawson Papers / Series 1: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES, 1934-1966. / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru7097-refidd1e1172

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