A Guide to the Albert F. Blakeslee Papers

A Guide to the Albert F. Blakeslee Papers An Inventory

Summary Information

A Guide to the Albert F. Blakeslee Papers
Inclusive Dates
undated, 1903-1955
1.8 Linear feet
1 box
Materials about or published by noted scientist Albert F. Blakeslee, professor at the University of Connecticut from 1907 through 1915.
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Language(s) of Materials
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Inventory created by Betsy Pittman . (December 2011)
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Albert F. Blakeslee Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Nancy Avery, daughter of  Amos G. Avery and executor of his estate, in 2011.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Albert F. Blakeslee Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Correspondence.
  • Personal Papers.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Publication.

Personal Name(s)

  • Avery, Nancy P.
  • Blakeslee, Albert Francis, 1874-1954


  • University Archives

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Albert Francis Blakeslee was born in  Geneseo, New York, in 1874 the son of  Francis Durbin Blakeslee and  Augusta Miranda Hubbard Blakeslee. He attended East Greenwich Academy (RI) before entering  Wesleyan University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1896. Before his employment at  Harvard University as an teaching fellow of botany in 1900 and an instructor at  Radcliffe College, Blakeslee taught science at the Montpelier Seminary (VT) and East Greenwich Academy (RI). He received his Ph.D. in 1904 from Harvard University and from 1904-1906 studied Mucors in  Germany with a research grant from the  Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Returning from Germany, Blakeslee resumed his positions at Harvard and Radcliffe before relocating to  Storrs, Connecticut, as professor of botany at  Connecticut Agricultural College in 1907. Before his departure in 1915, Blakeslee title changed to include genetics due to his successful work with the Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station. In the fall of 1915, Blakeslee left  C.A.C. to become an investigator of plant genetics at the Department of Genetics of the  Carnegie Institute of Washington in its Cold Spring Harbor (Long Island) facility. At Cold Spring Harbor, Blakeslee continued his studies as well as serving as Assistant Director from 1923-1936 and Director from 1936 until his retirement in 1941.

After his retirement, Blakeslee accepted the appointment as the William Allan Neilson research Professor of Botany at  Smith College in 1942. While at Smith, Blakeslee continued to be a leader in the profession as well as on campus, establishing the Smith College Genetics Experiment Station, publishing, teaching and supervising the graduate work of nine students.

Albert Blakeslee died November 16, 1954, in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains reprints of scholarly articles published by Albert F. Blakeslee. Also included are several journals with articles about Blakeslee, correspondence, calendars, travel diaries, as well as photographs and negatives associated with or documenting the career of noted scientist A. F. Blakeslee, professor at UConn 1907-1915.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Inventory undated, 1903-1955  (Bulk, 1920-1950)


Reprints of published articles and journals 1920-1953 


Photographic prints and negatives undated, 1930-1945 


Biographical information undated, 1940-1955 


Rudbeckias 1949-1955 

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, clippings regarding the genetics of the plant genus.


Calendars and travel diaries 1922-1952 


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