Guide to the Hugo Leander Blomquist papers, 1912-2000, bulk 1917-1964.
Hugo Leander Blomquist was professor and chair of the Botany Department at Duke University from 1921-1957. The collection includes correspondence between H.L. Blomquist and his wife Margaret during the 1920s and during H.L. Blomquist's service in the Army during World War I, 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 1912-2000.
- Hugo Leander Blomquist papers
- 1912-2000, bulk 1917-1964.
- Blomquist, Hugo Leander, 1888-1964
- 6.0 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
Collection contains personal and professional correspondence of Hugo L. Blomquist from the years 1912 to 1961. Correspondence includes letters to his brother during Blomquist's service in the Army during World War I as well as correspondence between H.L. Blomquist and his wife Margaret Mordecai Blomquist before and after their marriage. Also includes materials related to Blomquist's time in the Army, citizenship process, 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.
Addition contains materials related to H.L. Blomquist's service in the Army during World War I as well as correspondence between Blomquist and Margaret L. Mordecai (his future wife) dating from 1924-1928. World War I correspondence includes Blomquist's letters to his brother during his service before and after deployment overseas, and letters he received from two women he met in France during the war. The addition also includes postcards, materials related to Blomquist's gaining United States citizenship in 1950, personal items (passport, smallpox vaccination certificate, honorable discharge), photographs, and journals from his WWI days containing his daily activitives and thoughts containing headings such as: "Impressions of Paris," and "Who won the war?" Materials range in date from 1912-1957. An addition of 0.5 linear feet was added to this accession 15 October 2007. The addition contains primarily letters and clippings. Also present are some photographs and a book of letters presented to Blomquist upon his retirement.
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. H.L. Blomquist married Margaret Mordecai in 1928 and the couple had one daughter, Betty. H.L. Blomquist retired from the Botany Department in 1957 and died in 1964; Margaret Mordecai Blomquist died in 1982.
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.
- 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.
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.