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Guide to the Henry J. Oosting Papers, 1919-1968

Abstract

Correspondence, field notes, writings,photographs and other subject files of Henry J. Oosting, Professor of Botany and Chairman of the Department of Botany at Duke University from 1931 to 1962. Major subjects include the ecology of virgin forests, vegetation on bare rocks, maritime vegetation in the Southeastern United States, North Carolina vegetation, the 1937 Louise A. Boyd expedition to Greenland with the American Geographical Society, the Victory Garden project in Durham, N.C., the Ecological Society of America, and the serial Ecological Monographs.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Henry J. Oosting papers
Creator
Oosting, Henry J. (Henry John), 1903-1968
Extent
6.7 linear feet, 5,000 Items,
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Duke University Archives.
Language
Material in English

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Contents of the Collection

A: Miscellaneous, 1959, 1962
Box 1
Peter H. Allen, 1956-1968
Box 1
Lewis E. Anderson, 1933-1965
Box 1
Nellie Beetham, 1956-1966
Box 1
Larry Carroll Bliss, 1953-1967
Box 1
H. L. Blomquist, 1932
Box 1
Clair Brown, 1940
Box 1
D. M. Brown, 1953
Box 1
M. Buell, 1961-1967
Box 1
C: Miscellaneous, 1936-1961, 1968
Box 1
S. A. Cain, 1958
Box 1
W. H. Camp, 1952
Box 1
John Cantlon, 1953, 1965
Box 1
J. E. Coaldrake, 1956-1957
Box 1
E. Lendell Cockrum, 1967
Box 1
Charles Cooper, 1957-1967
Box 1
W. S. Cooper, 1931-1966 (2 folders)
Box 1
Don Correll, 1935-1957
Box 1
W. L. Culberson, 1952-1962
Box 1
D: Miscellaneous, 1962, 1965, 1966
Box 1
P. Dansereau, 1960
Box 1
John Darling, 1963
Box 1
J. H. Davis, 1953
Box 1
Department of the Army, 1967
Box 1
W. B. Drew, 1940-1962
Box 1
Duke University, 1932-1961
Box 1
E: Miscellaneous, 1961
Box 1
Frank Egler, 1940-1961
Box 1
F: Miscellaneous, 1950, 1968
Box 1
Knut Faegri, 1960-1963
Box 1
Hugo Ferchau, 1956-1967
Box 1
Edward Flaccus, 1955-1968
Box 1
R. F. Flint, 1937-1946
Box 1
Richard T. Forman, 1959-1966
Box 1
W. H. Freeman and Co., 1946-1968 (2 folders)
Box 1
G: Miscellaneous, 1953-1954, 1960, 1965, 1968
Box 1
Wendell Gauger, 1967
Box 1
Ben F. Graham, 1954-1964
Box 1
Great Lakes Colleges Association, 1962
Box 1
H: Miscellaneous, 1965, 1967, 1968
Box 1
R. M. Harper, 1939-1959
Box 1
Dexter W. Hess, 1952-1962
Box 1
Highlands Biological Station Executive Committee, 1966-1967
Box 1
N. Hotchkiss, 1929-1944
Box 1
R. R. Humphrey, 1932-1954
Box 1
Mary Humphreys, 1936-1964
Box 1
I: Miscellaneous, 1960-1961
Box 1
J: Miscellaneous, 1955
Box 1
Thomas Johnsen, Jr., 1955-1962 (surname spelled with an "e" and not "o")
Box 1
Philip L. Johnson, 1957-1966
Box 1
K: Miscellaneous, 1961-1963, 1968
Box 1
Catherine Keever, 1957-1964
Box 1
Charles Kettering, 1964
Box 1
Lionel Klikoff, 1959-1967
Box 1
President Douglas Knight, 1965-1966
Box 1
Jan Kornas, 1960-1966
Box 1
Norman E. Kowal, 1958-1968
Box 1
L: Miscellaneous, 1953-1961, 1968
Box 1
George LaRoi, 1958-1968
Box 1
Robert M. Linn, 1951-1967
Box 1
R. B. Livingston, 1940-1968
Box 1
M: Miscellaneous, 1962, 1966
Box 1
Alan F. Mark, 1958-1968
Box 1
J. W. Marr, 1952-1956
Box 1
James S. Martin, 1961-1962
Box 1
James McCleary, 1960-1968
Box 1
R. E. McDermott, 1954-1964
Box 1
Cal McMillan, 1959
Box 1
Rogers McVaugh, 1935-1957
Box 1
Harold Mooney, 1959-1966
Box 1
T. B. Mowbray, 1963-1968
Box 1
Walter F. Mueggler, 1957-1961
Box 1
N: Miscellaneous, 1961-1963, 1968
Box 1
National Geographic Magazine, 1963
Box 1
The Nature Conservancy, 1960
Box 1
Aubrey W. Naylor, 1958, 1966
Box 1
Daniel Norris, 1955-1961
Box 1
O: Miscellaneous, 1961-1962
Box 2
Charles E. Olmstead, 1942-1945
Box 2
Jan Kurt Oosting, 1939-1968
Box 2
Joy Oosting, 1942-1955
Box 2
Melvin Oosting, 1933-1940, undated
Box 2
Lauce Oosting, 1932-1937
Box 2
William Owsley, 1963-1964
Box 2
P: Miscellaneous, 1962, 1968
Box 2
S. C. Pandeya, 1967
Box 2
Duncan Patten, 1958-1965
Box 2
E. Gibbes Patton, 1953-1966
Box 2
Jane Philpott, 1956-1961
Box 2
R. B. Platt, 1952-1967
Box 2
Nicholas Polunin, 1957
Box 2
Robert W. Powell, 1962-1963
Box 2
F. W. Preston, 1953-1966, 1968
Box 2
Elsie Quarterman, 1953-1967
Box 2
R: Miscellaneous, 1935-1962, 1968
Box 2
Patricia Raff, 1956
Box 2
Patricia Rand, 1962-1966
Box 2
Allen Rebuck, 1952-1966
Box 2
J. F. Reed, 1934-1968
Box 2
Richard Rhoades, 1961-1967
Box 2
Patricia Roberts, 1954-1962
Box 2
S: Miscellaneous, 1961-1962
Box 2
Wilf Schofield, 1956-1961
Box 2
R. M. Schuster, 1954-1962
Box 2
A. J. Sharp, 1942-1943
Box 2
Napier Shelton, 1960-1964
Box 2
John P. Shontz, 1967-1968
Box 2
Ben Smith, 1968
Box 2
Harold St. John, 1940-1941, 1945
Box 2
W. C. Steere, 1949, 1952
Box 2
A. D. Stoesz, 1931-1956
Box 2
T: Miscellaneous, 1919, 1948
Box 2
A. Tamsalu, 1953, 1957
Box 2
Oswald Tippo, 1959
Box 2
U: Miscellaneous, 1967
Box 2
V: Miscellaneous, 1928-1967
Box 2
Olli Vaartaja, 1952
Box 2
Dr. H. P. van der Schyff, 1960
Box 2
J. J. van Wyck, 1960-1967
Box 2
V. Eugene Vivian, 1962-1967
Box 2
W: Miscellaneous, 1966, 1968
Box 2
Richard Wagner, 1955-1966
Box 2
P. F. Wareing, 1960-1961
Box 2
John Warren, 1954-1964
Box 2
A. Lincoln Washburn, 1937-1946
Box 2
T. E. Weier, 1943
Box 2
Bruce Welch, 1959-1966
Box 2
B. W. Wells, 1932-1954
Box 2
Philip Wells, 1958-1962
Box 2
George Woodwell, 1953-1967
Box 2
Charley Wu, 1957-1958
Box 2
John Yarborough, 1966, 1968
Box 2
Fredrick F. Yonkman, 1945, 1954
Box 2
H. E. Young, 1959-1968
Box 2
Beaufort, 1947 Summer
Box 2
Botany Seminar on NC Vegetation, 1949
Box 2
Botany Space Committee (Duke), 1965
Box 2
Classroom Materials, 1962-1964
Box 2
J. P. Decker, 1962
Box 2
Duke Forest: Checklist, 1943
Box 2
Duke Insurance, 1966 Mar. 25
Box 2
East Campus Ad Hoc Committee, 1963
Box 2
Ecological Society, 1957, 1963
Box 2
Field Botany Class for High School Teachers, 1965-1966
Box 2
M. L. Grant Photographs of Hawaii, 1934
Box 2
Grass Ecology, 1933
Box 2
Highlands Biological Station, 1957-1961 (3 folders)
Box 2
Highlands Biological Station: Research Committee, 1962
Box 2
Highlands Biological Station: Gorge Grant, 1960-1964 (4 folders)
Box 2
Highlands Biological Station: Trustees, General Information, 1960-1965
Box 3
Lake Junaluska, 1934-1939
Box 3
Michigan State Sem. Bot., 1955
Box 3
Michigan State Surface Formation Map, 1924
Box 3
National Science Foundation Application/Grant on Venus Fly-Trap, 1955-1958
Box 3
National Science Foundation Grant on Venus Fly-Trap Photographs, circa 1957-1958
Box 3
National Science Foundation Proposal for Gorge Research, 1963-1964
Box 3
National Science Foundation, 1967 (3 folders)
Box 3
Natural Area Committee of Duke Univ., 1959-1963
Box 3
N. C. Academy of Science, 1966
Box 3
New Hampshire, Univ. of, 1962-1963
Box 3
Personal Data (CV, etc.)
Box 3
Pocomoke Swamp [Delaware] Photographs, undated
Box 3
Research Council (Duke), 1949-1958 (2 folders)
Box 3
Research Council (Duke), 1958-1963 (2 folders)
Box 3
Scientific Writing, 1960s
Box 3
V. N. Sukachev, 1961-1962
Box 3
TIAA/CREF, 1953
Box 3
World of Nature Series, 1964-1967
Box 3
Ham Lake: Soil Samples, 1930
Box 3
Photographs of Unidentified Research Trips (includes images of Oosting and colleagues), circa 1930s
Box 3
Potamogeton [Michigan], circa 1931
Box 3
Ham Lake: Soil and Mud Samples, circa 1932
Box 3
Ham Lake, circa 1933
Box 3
Pilot Mountain, 1934, 1942
Box 3
Atmometer and Soil, 1936
Box 3
Soil Moisture, 1936
Box 3
Jonathan Creek, 1936 June 26
Box 3
Field Ecology (Itasca), circa 1936
Box 3
Research Ideas: Problems, 1938, undated
Box 3
Wyoming Timberline (with photographs), 1948
Box 3
Wyoming - Timberline (RESTRICTED: nitrate negatives)
Box 6
Wyoming Photographs, circa 1948
Box 3
Wyoming (RESTRICTED: nitrate negatives), circa 1948
Box 6
Southeastern Conifers, circa early 1940s
Box 3
Burn Study: New Hope Creek, 1940-1967
Box 3
Transpiration, 1942
Box 3
Transect Study: Soil Moisture, 1944-1945
Box 3
Spruce-Fir-Medicine Bows, circa 1948-1949 (2 folders)
Box 3
Spruce-Fir-Medicine Bows Photographs, circa 1948-1949
Box 3
White Pine, Blue Ridge Parkway, 1949
Box 3
Seedling Environment, 1951
Box 3
Turkey Oak, 1952
Box 3
Field Notes for Joyce Kilmer Forest Study (with photographs), 1953-1956 (3 folders)
Box 4
Maritime Forest Data (with photographs), circa 1955
Box 4
Hydrobiology Reading Notes, undated
Box 4
Pulpwood Data [Maine], undated
Box 4
Pulpwood Data [Maine] Photographs, undated
Box 4
Pulpwood Data (RESTRICTED: nitrate negatives) (7 sleeves)
Box 6
Research Notes, undated
Box 4
Piedmont Review for Botany Rev., undated
Box 4
"Physical-Chemical Variables in a Minnesota Lake," circa 1930-1931
Box 4
"A Limnological Study of Ham Lake with Special Emphasis Upon the Flowering Plants," 1931 June
Box 4
"Distribution of the Genus Potamogeton in Michigan," 1931
Box 4
"Distribution of Aquatic Flowering Plants in Relation to the Substratum," circa 1932-1933
Box 4
"Ecology in Relation to Botany in General," 1950
Box 4
"Ecological Processes and Vegetation of the Maritime Strand in the Southeastern United States," 1953-1954
Box 4
"The Maritime Live Oak Forest in NC," (with Philippe F. Bourdeau) (with photographs), 1958, 1959 (2 folders)
Box 4
"Responses of Venus Fly Trap (Dionea Muscipula) to Factors Involved in Its Endemism," (with Patricia Roberts), circa 1958
Box 4
Outlines for talks, circa 1960s (2 folders)
Box 4
Book Manuscript (rough, for 2nd edition), "The Study of Plant Communities," undated (9 folders)
Box 4
Sampling, undated
Box 4
List of Publications from 1932-1958
Box 4

Writings and research, 1940-1955, undated

This series title applies to folders which contained both research notes and writings.

"Buried Viable Sees in a Sucessional Series of Olf Field and Forest Soils," (with Mary E. Humphreys), 1940
Box 4
"The Establishment of a White Birch Community on Cutover Pulpwood Land in Northwestern Maine," (with John Reed), 1942
Box 4
"Survival of Pine and Hardwood Seedlings in Forest and Open," (with P. J. Kramer and C. F. Korstian) (with photographs and negatives), 1952
Box 4
"Microclimate and a Relic Stand of Tsuga Canadensis in the Lower Piedmont of North Carolina," (with D. W. Hess) (with photographs and negatives), 1955
Box 4
"Tolerance to Salt Spray of Plants of Coastal Dunes," undated
Box 4
Correspondence: Louise Boyd, 1937-1941 (2 folders)
Box 4
Photographs (contact prints): Images taken by Louise Boyd, 1937 (3 of 4 folders)
Box 4
Photographs (contact prints): Images taken by Louise Boyd, 1937 (1 of 4 folders)
Box 5
Photographs of Moss Rings on Jan Mayen Island taken by Louise Boyd on her Artic Expedition, 1937; Letter, 1938 Apr. 15
Box 5
Henry Oosting's Diary, 1937 Summer
Box 5
Photographs by Henry Oosting and Others, 1937
Box 5
Nitrate negatives (RESTRICTED), 1937 (16 sleeves)
Box 6
Notes and Records, 1937 (2 folders)
Box 5
Notes and Writings, 1937 (2 folders)
Box 5
Printed Material and Maps, 1936; Miscellaneous Items, 1937
Box 5
Personal Correspondence, 1937
Box 5
Clippings, 1937
Box 5
Handmade Poster featuring Print Photographs with Identification, 1937 (loose prints were placed in an archival photograph sleeve)
Oversize-folder 1

Historical Note

Henry John Oosting, Professor of Botany and Chairman of the Department of Botany, worked at Duke University from 1931 to 1962. He was born March 12, 1903 in Holland, Michigan to John H. and Minna Oosting. He earned an A.B. from Hope College in 1925, an M.S. from Michigan State College in 1927, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1931. Oosting joined the faculty of the Department of Botany at Duke University in 1931, and later served as Chairman of the Department. His research interests included the ecology of virgin forests, vegetation on bare rocks, maritime vegetation in the Southeastern United States, and North Carolina vegetation. In 1937, he served as ecologist for the Louise A. Boyd expedition to Greenland with the American Geographical Society, and he directed the Victory Garden project in Durham, N.C. in 1943. Oosting actively participated in the Ecological Society of America and edited the serial Ecological Monographs. Oosting retired from Duke University around 1962; he died on October 30, 1968.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henry J. Oosting Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

Received from Department of Botany, May 26, 1994. Accession UA2007-0019 was received in June 2007 from former professor Dwight Billings. The diary was gifted in 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by Jill Katte, June 2002, Fully processed by KimberlySims, April 2014

Encoded by Jill Katte, December 2002

Updated by Sherrie Bowser, June 2007

Updated by Kim Sims, September 2011, April 2014