Guide to the Hugo Leander Blomquist papers, 1927-1961


Hugo Leander Blomquist was professor and chair of the Botany Department at Duke University from 1921-1957. The collection includes correspondence, class notes, North Carolina maps, as well as drawings and photographs of his book The Grasses of North Carolina. The collection ranges in date from 1927-1961.

Collection Details

Record Group
Hugo Leander Blomquist papers
Blomquist, Hugo Leander, 1885-1964
4.8 Linear Feet, 3000 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Collection contains personal and professional correspondence of Hugo L. Blomquist from the years 1927 to 1961. Also includes maps, notes and oversize illustrations and photographs associated with the publication of his book Grasses of North Carolina. Illustrations were removed from acidic paper wrapping and boxed for preservation.

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[Identification of item], Hugo Leander Blomquist Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1927-1948
Box 1
Correspondence, 1949-1950
Box 1
Correspondence, 1951
Box 1
Correspondence, 1952
Box 1
Correspondence, 1953
Box 1
Correspondence, 1954-1961, undated
Box 1
Blomquist/UNC Press Correspondence, 1952 January-1954 January
Box 2
Notes and Outlines
Box 2
Identification of Grasses by Their Vegetative Characters, Notes and Outlines
Box 2
NC Maps (1 of 5)
Box 2
NC Maps (2 of 5)
Box 2
NC Maps (3 of 5)
Box 2
NC Maps (4 of 5)
Box 2
NC Maps (5 of 5)
Box 2
The Grasses of North Carolina
Box 2
Illustrations and Photographs for Blomquist's The Grasses of North Carolina
Box 3

2. Accession UA2007-0041

2 boxes

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Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Hugo Leander Blomquist was born in Sorsele, Sweden in 1888 and moved with his parents to Kulm, North Dakota in 1892. He grew up on the family farm and attended public schools in North Dakota before attending the University of Chicago, where he received his B.S. in 1916. He took two years off in the middle of his undergraduate career to serve as principal of a high school in Deering, ND. From 1917 to 1919 he served as musician first class in the U.S. Army overseas; after the war, he stayed in Paris to study biological chemistry at the Pasteur Institute. When he returned to the U.S., he enrolled in the graduate program in botany at the University of Chicago, and earned his Ph.D. in 1921.

Blomquist joined the faculty at Trinity College in 1921 in the Department of Biology, specializing in fungi, algae, vascular plants and bacteriology. In 1935, when the Biology Department split into divisions of zoology and botany, Blomquist became Chair of the Botany Department. He retired in 1957.

Among Blomquist's publications include A Guide to the Spring and Early Summer Flora of the Piedmont, North Carolina, Flowers of the South, Native and Exotic, The Grasses of North Carolina, Hepaticae of North Carolina, Ferns of North Carolina and Vascular Anatomy of Angiopteris Evecta.

Related Material

  • Dept. of Botany Records (Duke University Archives)
  • News Service Biographical Files, 1960-2004 (Duke University Archives)
  • Biographical Reference Collection, 1972-2004 (Duke University Archives)
  • Photograph Collection, 1861-2006 (Duke University Archives)
  • Kramer (Paul J.) Papers, 1856-1994 (bulk 1927-1974) (Duke University Archives)
  • Oosting (Henry J.) Papers, 1937-1968 (Duke University Archives)

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The Hugo Leander Blomquist papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1977-1978; 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, November 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, January 2007

Updated by Sherrie Bowser, October 2007

Accessions A77-220 and A78-145 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid. Accession UA2007-0041 was added in October 2007.