Guide to the Carl William Sharsmith Papers 1937-1939
Cage 113

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Sharsmith, Carl William, 1903-
Title
Carl William Sharsmith Papers
ID
Cage 113
Date [inclusive]
1937-1939
Extent
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.5 Linear Feet of Shelf Space
Language
English
Abstract
Carl William Sharsmith's papers consist of his correspondence, mostly relative to work at the Washington State University herbarium, and his lists of the botanical specimens he collected while at Washington State University.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description] Carl William Sharsmith Papers, 1937-1939 (Cage 113)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Carl William Sharsmith was born in New York, New York in 1903. He studied botany at the University of California in the 1930s and received the Ph.D. in 1940. He held a position combining duties as herbarium curator and botany instructor at Washington State University from 1937 to 1939. From 1940 to 1946 he was with the University of Minnesota, and from 1950 onward at San Jose State College. His principal interest was in alpine vegetation.

Sharsmith's years at Washington State proved to be a frustrating time. He found himself required to teach many classes, while also attempting to complete a doctoral dissertation and administer a herbarium with a large backlog of work. He inadvertently became involved in a quarrel with the university administration when the University President cancelled planned field trips. He also felt a sense of isolation at Pullman, where he was far from the alpine vegetation which held his major interest. Moreover, the lack of cultural opportunities, especially performances of serious music, added to this feeling of isolation. After two years he left this position. Ironically, many of the problems which had vexed him, and which had also prompted his immediate predecessors to leave Washington State, were then alleviated by changes in the policies regarding research, teaching, and administration of the herbarium.

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Scope and Contents note

Sharsmith's papers consist of his correspondence, mostly relative to work at the university herbarium, and his lists of the botanical specimens he collected while at Washington State University.

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Arrangement note

The correspondence is arranged in a chronological sequence, with the botanical collection lists in a separate folder. An index to the correspondents has been compiled.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Carl W. Sharsmith (b. 1903) were transferred to the Washington State University Library in 1975 from the W.S.U. Ownbey Herbarium.

Processing Information note

This collection was arranged and indexed by Robert Catale in February 1976 and further description was added by Lawrence Stark in June 1976.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Ball, Carleton Roy, 1873-
  • Constance, Lincoln, 1909-2001.
  • Hitchcock, C. Leo (Charles Leo), 1902-1986.
  • Howell, John Thomas, 1903-1994.
  • Johnson, Arthur Monrad, 1878-
  • Ownbey, Francis Marion, 1910-
  • Sharsmith, Carl William, 1903- -- Archives
  • Smith, Charles Piper, 1877-

Subject(s)

  • Botanists -- Washington (State) -- Correspondence.
  • Botany -- Research -- Northwest, Pacific.
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Science
  • Washington (State)

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Index To Correspondents

Name(s)

  • Adams, Ed:  1,3
  • Allen, Jessie M.:  1,3
  • Alm, Carl G.:  3
  • Andres, Heinrich:  2
  • Artman, C.E.:  3
  • Arwidsson, Th.:  3
  • Bacigalupi, Rimo:  2,3
  • Ball, Carleton R.:  1
  • Barkely, Fred A.:  2,3
  • Barnard, Frank T.:  1
  • Beath, O.R.:  1
  • Benjamin, Curtis G.:  2
  • Benson, Lyman:  1,2,3
  • Betka, R.G.:  2
  • Binns, John H.:  3
  • Blake, Sidney F.:  1,2,3
  • Bokforlags Aktiebolaget Thule:  2
  • Boner, Luana:  3
  • Bonestell and Co.:  2
  • Brewrink, Captain P.:  1,2,3
  • Bright, John:  1,2,3
  • Caldwell, E.J.:  3
  • Carter, Annetta:  2
  • Chase, Agnes:  1,2
  • Coleman, Edith A.:  3
  • Constance, Lincoln:  1,2,3
  • Correspondent:  Folders
  • Daubenmire, Rexford F.:  2,3
  • Davies, Una:  3
  • Davis, Ray J.:  2,3
  • Detling, Leroy E.:  1,3
  • Epling, Carl C.:  1,2,3
  • Ewan, Joseph:  2,3
  • Eyerdam, Walter J.:  2
  • Fassett, Norman C.:  2
  • Ferris, Roxana S.:  3
  • Fiker, Charles:  2,3
  • Freeman, O.W.:  2
  • Freese, Carl R.:  3
  • Gierisch, Ralph K.:  2
  • Gleason, H.A.:  3
  • Gould, Frank W.:  3
  • Green, W.J.:  2,3
  • Greenman, J.M.:  2,3
  • Hamblen, Frances G.:  2,3
  • Harwell, C.A.:  2
  • Hassler, Mildred:  2,3
  • Helgeson, E.A.:  2
  • Hermann, Elizabeth McKay:  2
  • Hermann, F.J.:  2,3
  • Hitchcock, C. Leo:  1,2,3
  • Hoagland, Henry V.:  2
  • Hoffman, W.V.:  2
  • Holland, Ernest O.:  2,add.
  • Hoover, Robert F.:  3
  • Howell, John Thomas:  1,2,3
  • Hysslop, G.:  2
  • Jeffers, D.S.:  3
  • Johnson, A.M.:  2,3
  • Johnston, Ivan M.:  2
  • Keck, David D.:  2
  • Killip, E.P.:  3
  • Klastersky, Ivan:  2,3
  • Kulin, Arthur:  3
  • Lemmon, Paul E.:  2,3
  • Leonard, Lewis Y.:  3
  • Levan, Albert:  3
  • Lewis, C.:  1
  • Lewis, Clarence McK.:  1
  • Looff, Ethel H.:  2
  • Maguire, Bassett:  2,3
  • Marie-Victorin, Frere:  1,2,3
  • Mason, Herbert L.:  1,2,3
  • Mathias, Mildred see Hassler, Mildred:  
  • Maxon, W.R.:  2,3
  • Merriam, W.B.:  2
  • Merrill, George M.:  3
  • Morrison, B.Y.:  2
  • Moss, E.H.:  3
  • Muencher, W.C.:  2,3
  • Munz, Phillip H.:  2,3
  • Nail, Jack R.:  1
  • Nelson, Aven:  2,3
  • Otis, Jean:  3
  • Ownbey, Marion:  1,2,3
  • Peck, Morton E.:  1,2,3
  • Pennell, Francis W.:  2,3
  • Pool, Raymond J.:  3
  • Reed, Merton J.:  3
  • Rossbach, George B.:  2,3
  • Rouleau, Ernest:  2,3
  • Samuelsson, G.:  2,3
  • Scheffer, Theodore H.:  2,3
  • Simmons, Jennie:  2
  • Slipp, A.W.:  1
  • Sloanaker, J.L.:  2,3
  • Smith, Charles Piper:  2,3
  • Smith, Harold:  2
  • Smith, L.B.:  3
  • Spencer Lens Co.:  2
  • St. John, Harold:  2
  • Stacey, J.W.:  2
  • Stebbins, G. Ledyard Jr.:  1,2
  • Strechert (G.E.) and Co.:  3
  • Tees, Grace M.:  2
  • Thompson, J.W.:  add.
  • Todd, C.C.:  add.
  • Townsend, Edward C.:  1
  • Travis, Mildred T.:  3
  • Weatherby, Charles A.:  2,3
  • Weigle, W.G.:  1,2
  • Weldert, Virginia:  3
  • Westmore, Hal G.:  3
  • Wherry, Edgar T.:  2
  • Wiegand, Kenneth M.:  1,2
  • Wilson, Carrie:  3
  • Wittrock, G.L.:  3
  • Wolf, C.B.:  3

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Collection Inventory

 

Correspondence 

Box Folder

1937   40.0 items

1 1

1938   175.0 items

1 2

1939   140.0 items

1 3
Box Folder

Lists of Specimens Collected, 1937-1939   13.0 pages

1 4

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Additional material received Aug. 29, 1982 

Box Folder

Correspondence with C.C. Todd and E.O. Holland, 1939   3.0 items

1 Addendum

Correspondence with J.W. Thompson, 1938   9.0 items

1 Addendum

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