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Initial Guide to the Henry J. Oosting Papers, 1937-1968

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

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Oosting, Henry J. (Henry John), 1903-1968.
Title
Henry J. Oosting papers, 1937-1968
Language of Material
English
Extent
5,000 Items, , 6.7 linear feet
Location
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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence
Box 1
Writings
Box 1
Subject files
Box 1
Correspondence
Box 2
Writings
Box 2
Correspondence
Box 3
Subject files
Box 3
Photographs
Box 4
Subject files
Box 4
Manuscript draft of The Study of Plant Communities, 2nd ed.
Box 4
Correspondence
Box 5
Photographs - 1937 Louise A. Boyd Expedition to Greenland
Box 6
Diary, 1937
Box 6
Clippings, 1937 (in Swedish)
Box 6

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

Encoded by Jill Katte, December 2002

Updated by Sherrie Bowser, June 2007

Updated by Kim Sims, September 2011

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