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Agency history, 1885-1947

Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Plants  Search this
Subject:
Morton, C. V (Conrad Vernon) 1905-1972  Search this
Walker, Egbert H (Egbert Hamilton) 1899-1991  Search this
Killip, Ellsworth Paine 1890-  Search this
Leonard, E. C (Emery Clarence) 1892-1968  Search this
Standley, Paul Carpenter 1884-1963  Search this
Abrams, Le Roy 1874-1956  Search this
Maxon, William R (William Ralph) 1877-1948  Search this
Cook, O. F (Orator Fuller) 1867-1949  Search this
Pollard, Charles Louis 1872-1945  Search this
Rose, J. N (Joseph Nelson) 1862-1928  Search this
Coville, Frederick V (Frederick Vernon) 1867-1937  Search this
Painter, Joseph Hannum  Search this
Torrey, John 1796-1873  Search this
Parry, Charles Christopher 1823-1890  Search this
Ward, Lester Frank 1841-1913  Search this
Vasey, George  Search this
Henry, Joseph 1797-1878  Search this
United States National Herbarium  Search this
United States Department of Agriculture  Search this
Columbia College (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Recent Plants  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Botany  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Plants  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1885
1885-1947
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Botanists  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00057
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218113

Agency history, 1947-circa 1991

Creator:
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Phanerogams  Search this
Subject:
Morton, C. V (Conrad Vernon) 1905-1972  Search this
Wurdack, J. J  Search this
Shetler, Stanwyn G  Search this
Nicolson, Dan H (Dan Henry) 1933-2016  Search this
Wasshausen, Dieter C  Search this
Skog, Laurence E  Search this
Faden, Robert B  Search this
Funk, V. A (Vicki A.) 1947-  Search this
Kress, W. John  Search this
Wagner, Warren Lambert  Search this
Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro  Search this
Cowan, Richard S. 1921-1997  Search this
Ernst, Wallace Roy 1928-  Search this
Fosberg, F. Raymond (Francis Raymond) 1908-1993  Search this
Kirkbride, Joseph H  Search this
Leonard, E. C (Emery Clarence) 1892-1968  Search this
Rudd, Velva E  Search this
Sachet, Marie-Hélène  Search this
Simpson, Beryl Brintnall  Search this
Smith, Albert C (Albert Charles) 1906-1999  Search this
Smith, Lyman B  Search this
Walker, Egbert H (Egbert Hamilton) 1899-1991  Search this
Read, Robert W. 1931-  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Phanerogams  Search this
United States National Museum Department of Botany  Search this
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Date:
1947
1947-1991
1947-circa 1991
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Phanerogams  Search this
Botanists  Search this
Local number:
SIA AH00060
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_218114

Correspondence, 1870-1955

Creator:
United States National Museum Division of Plants  Search this
Subject:
Morton, C. V (Conrad Vernon) 1905-1972  Search this
Walker, Egbert H (Egbert Hamilton) 1899-1991  Search this
Killip, Ellsworth Paine 1890-  Search this
Leonard, E. C (Emery Clarence) 1892-1968  Search this
Standley, Paul Carpenter 1884-1963  Search this
Abrams, Le Roy 1874-1956  Search this
Maxon, William R (William Ralph) 1877-1948  Search this
Cook, O. F (Orator Fuller) 1867-1949  Search this
Pollard, Charles Louis 1872-1945  Search this
Rose, J. N (Joseph Nelson) 1862-1928  Search this
Coville, Frederick V (Frederick Vernon) 1867-1937  Search this
Painter, Joseph Hannum  Search this
Vasey, George  Search this
Physical description:
42.25 cu. ft. processed holdings
Type:
Manuscripts
Date:
1870
1870-1955
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00194
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Correspondence 1870-1955 [United States National Museum Division of Plants]
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Egbert H. Walker Field Notes, 1928-1966

Creator:
Walker, Egbert H (Egbert Hamilton) 1899-1991  Search this
Subject:
Walker, Egbert H (Egbert Hamilton) 1899-1991  Search this
Physical description:
1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Type:
Field notes
Collection descriptions
Sketches
Place:
United States
New Zealand
Japan
Virginia
Maryland
West Virginia
Okinawa Island (Japan)
Date:
1928
1928-1966
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Plants  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 12-424
See more items in:
Field Book Project 1855-2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_355707

Portrait of Dr. Egbert H. Walker

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Walker, Egbert H (Egbert Hamilton) 1899-1991  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Botany  Search this
Museum of Natural History (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1969
January 24, 1969
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1429]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Copyright - United States
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372481

Rolla Kent Beattie Field Book, 1935-1938

Creator:
Beattie, R. Kent (Rolla Kent) 1875-1960  Search this
Subject:
Walker, Egbert H (Egbert Hamilton) 1899-1991  Search this
Maxon, William R (William Ralph) 1877-1948  Search this
Beattie, R. Kent (Rolla Kent) 1875-1960  Search this
United States National Museum Division of Plants  Search this
Physical description:
0.25 cu. ft. (1 half document box)
Type:
Field notes
Collection descriptions
Date:
1935
1935-1938
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Plants  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-110
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Field Book Project 1855-2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_307007

Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers, c. 1923-1987

Creator:
Walker, Egbert H (Egbert Hamilton) 1899-1991  Search this
Subject:
Walker, Egbert H (Egbert Hamilton) 1899-1991  Search this
Zhang, Qing'en  Search this
Physical description:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Clippings
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Place:
China
Date:
1923
1923-1987
c 1923-1987
Topic:
Botanists  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 95-032
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_252239

Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers

Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Extent:
8.08 cu. ft. (14 document boxes) (3 5x8 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Ryukyu Islands
Date:
1938-1961
Introduction:
The papers of Egbert Hamilton Walker were transferred to the Smithsonian Archives from the Hunt Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1977. Subsequently, two additional transfers of papers were gifted by Egbert Walker in 1978 and 1979. In 1995, Walker's autobiographical notes were transferred from the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History. In 2002, the Smithsonian Institution Press project file for the Flora of Okinawa and the Southern Ryukyu Islands was duplicated and filed within the subject series of these papers.

The Archives would like to thank Priscilla Foley for conducting the preliminary processing of the Walker Papers in the Fall of 2000 as a part of a graduate internship with the University of Maryland.
Descriptive Entry:
These papers document the career and life of Egbert Hamilton Walker, a Smithsonian Institution botanist whose taxonomic research centered on the Myrsinaceae of East Asia. Types of documentation include correspondence, reports, copies and drafts of manuscripts, bibliographic card files, and autobiographical notes.

The papers of Egbert Hamilton Walker primarily pertain to the research, funding, and preparation for the Flora of Okinawa and the Southern Ryukyu Islands. This publication was the result of over twenty years of research from Walker's time at the Department of Botany, United States National Museum to his time as Research Associate at the Department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural History. Primary correspondents with regards to this publication include Tetsuo Amano, Sumihiko Hatusima, Tetsuo Koyama and Shinjun Tawada.

Papers relating to the research, funding, and preparation for A Bibliography of Eastern Asiatic Botany and its supplement are also well represented. Reports on the Servicemen's Collecting Program developed by Walker during World War II, and the Scientific Investigations in the Ryukyu Islands botanical program initiated by the Pacific Science Board of the National Research Council and implemented by Walker are also documented in these papers.

Walker's primary correspondents from his early years at the Smithsonian until his retirement include botanists Harley Harris Bartlett of the University of Michigan, Elmer Drew Merrill of Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University and Joseph Francis Rock.

Walker's autobiographical notes were written around 1978. The appendices to his autobiography pertain to his experiences in China from 1923 to 1926; the Old World collections in the United States National Herbarium; Walker's field work, publications, and conferences he attended; the Walker family Christmas letters; and the editor of A Bibliography of Eastern Asiatic Botany.

For records documenting Bartlett and Walker's research on Sumatran plants, see accession T89024, from the Department of Botany, United States National Museum. In addition, record unit 7271 Rolla Kent Beattie Paper's, circa 1928-1947 include correspondence between Beattie and Walker concerning Japanese ferns and grasses.

Field notes pertaining to Walker's research in New Zealand, the Eastern United States, Japan, and the Philippines are included in the Collector's Field Books and Miscellaneous Notes of the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History.
Historical Note:
Egbert Hamilton Walker (1899-1991), botanist, was born in Chicago, Illinois. At age two and a half, Walker was diagnosed with polio. His illness, which had been left untreated for so many years, left him with one good arm and a slightly damaged left leg.

After receiving his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1922, he spent four years as an instructor at Canton Christian College (Lingnan University) in Canton, China. In 1926, with the help of Professor Harley Harris Bartlett of the University of Michigan, Walker entered the University of Wisconsin. He received a M.S. degree in botany in 1928 for his paper, Fifty-one common ornamental trees of the Lingnan University campus.

After leaving Wisconsin in 1928, Walker began work in the Division of Plants, United States National Museum at the Smithsonian Institution. Walker spent much of his time reorganizing the neglected, Old World collections and prepared reports on his progress in 1934, 1941, and 1943. Walker became the department's Assistant Curator in 1942 and Associate Curator in 1947. When the Division was reorganized into the Department of Botany in 1947, he was assigned to the Division of Phanerogams.

In 1928, Walker began work with Elmer Drew Merrill to compile a comprehensive bibliography on the literature of Chinese botany. The project was officially recognized as a joint effort between the Smithsonian Institution and the New York Botanical Garden in 1931 when Merrill was Director of the latter institution. The resulting publication was A Bibliography of Eastern Asiatic Botany, published in 1938. A Revision of the Eastern Asiatic Myrsinaceae eventually became Walker's dissertation for which he received his Ph.D. in botany from Johns Hopkins University in 1940.

During World War II, Walker and the staff at the United States National Herbarium became involved in various wartime efforts such as the preparation of survival manuals, pamphlets and articles for the army. Another wartime effort was a Servicemen's Collecting Program, proposed by Harley Harris Bartlett and developed by Walker. As the primary contact for the project, Walker received many plant specimens, primarily from servicemen stationed in Guam, the Aleutian Islands, and Okinawa, Japan.

When the Scientific Investigation of the Ryukyu Islands (SIRI) botanical program was developed by the Pacific Science Board of the National Research Council, Walker was selected to implement the program. In 1951, he left for Okinawa to conduct field work there and the surrounding islands. Walker would make three additional research trips to the area in 1953, 1957, and 1966. This led to the publication of Important Trees of the Ryukyu Islands in 1954 and later, the Flora of Okinawa and the Southern Ryukyu Islands in 1976.

Walker retired from the Smithsonian staff in June 1959 after 30 years. He continued his research on a supplemental edition to A Bibliography of Eastern Asian Botany as a consultant with the American Institute of Biological Sciences in Washington D.C. from 1959 to1960. The supplement, along with the first volume is considered his most important contribution to botany, was eventually published in 1960.

Beginning in 1961, Walker spent the majority of his time writing and revising the Flora of Okinawa and the Southern Ryukyu Islands supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to the Pacific Science Board of the National Academy of Science. He returned to the Smithsonian staff in 1965 as a Research Associate to the Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History and continued his work there until 1987.

Walker conducted botanical field work specifically in Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands, but also in New Zealand, Japan, the Philippine Islands, Hawaii, the Johnston Islands, Guam, Thailand, and Vietnam. He was vice president (1944) and president (1949-1950) of the Botanical Society of Washington and a member of the Botanical Society of Japan.
Chronology:
June 12, 1899 -- born in Chicago, Illinois

1922 -- Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

1922-1926 -- Instructor, Canton Christian College (Lingnan University), China

1928 -- Master of Science, University of Wisconsin

1928 -- Aid, United States National Museum, Division of Plants

February 18, 1929 -- married Elsie Howell

November 8, 1930 -- divorced Elsie Howell

April 10, 1936 -- married Dorothy Kemball

1938 -- published, A Bibliography of Eastern Asiatic Botany

1939 -- awarded Oberly Prize, administered by the National Library of Agriculture, for the A Bibliography of Eastern Asiatic Botany

January 20, 1939 -- birth of first child, William King

1940 -- Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University

March 11, 1941 -- birth of second child, Jeanne Kemball

1942 -- Assistant Curator, United States National Museum, Department of Biology, Division of Plants

1944 -- Vice President, Botanical Society of Washington

1947 -- Associate Curator, United States National Museum, Department of Botany, Division of Phanerogams

1949 -- delegate for the Smithsonian Institution, Seventh Pacific Science Conference, New Zealand

1949 -- field work, New Zealand

1949 -- President, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

1950 -- President, Botanical Society of Washington

1951 -- Civilian Specialist, Scientific Investigation of the Ryukyu Islands (program of the Pacific Science Board of the National Research Council)

1953 -- delegate for Scientific Investigation of the Ryukyu Islands, Eighth Pacific Science Conference, Philippines

1953 -- field work, Luzon Island in the Philippines, Hawaii, Johnston Island, Guam, and Okinawa, Japan

1954 -- published, Important Trees of the Ryukyu Islands

1957 -- delegate, Ninth Pacific Science Conference, Thailand

1957 -- speaker, Seventy-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Botanical Society of Japan

1957 -- field work, Okinawa, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines

1959 -- retired from Smithsonian Institution

1960 -- published, A Bibliography of Eastern Asiatic Botany. Supplement

1960 -- awarded the Oberly Award, administered by the National Library of Agriculture for the supplement to A Bibliography of Eastern Asiatic Botany

1965 -- Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany

1966 -- lecturer, Eleventh Pacific Science Conference, Japan

1966 -- professional trip, Okinawa, Japan

1976 -- published, Flora of Okinawa and the Southern Ryukyu Islands

March 10, 1991 -- death
Topic:
Botany  Search this
Myrsinaceae  Search this
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7270
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Folder 10 Flora of Okinawa, Tawada, Shinjun, 1961-1971

Collection Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
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Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers / Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1987. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 4
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Box 5

Collection Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
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Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers / Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1987. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
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Folder 1 General Correspondence, A-E, 1944-1962; 1979; 1983

Collection Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
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Folder 2 General Correspondence, F-H, 1947-1969

Collection Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
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Folder 3 General Correspondence, I-J, 1952-1953

Collection Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
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Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers / Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1987. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 5
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 4 General Correspondence, K, 1940-1958

Collection Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
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Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers / Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1987. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 5
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Folder 5 General Correspondence, L, 1947-1974

Collection Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
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Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers / Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1987. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 5
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 6 General Correspondence, M-Z, 1941-1967

Collection Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
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Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers / Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1987. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 5
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 7 Hatusima, Sumihiko, 1947-1955

Collection Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
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Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers / Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1987. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 5
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 8 Koyama, Tetsuo, 1957-1963

Collection Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
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Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers / Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1987. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 5
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 9 Koyama, Tetsuo, 1963-1971

Collection Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
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Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers / Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1987. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 5
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folder 10 Merrill, Elmer D., 1939-1945

Collection Creator::
Walker, Egbert H. (Egbert Hamilton), 1899-1991  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 17
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7270, Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
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Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers
Egbert Hamilton Walker Papers / Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE, 1938-1987. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 5
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