James R. Troyer Collection on North Carolina Botanists 1834-2002

Creator
Troyer, James R.
Size
1.5 linear feet (3 archival storage boxes)
Location

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Call number
MC 00335

Biographical information, publications, and oral histories of various prominent North Carolina botanists, including: Donald B. Anderson; H.B. Croom; C.W. Hyams; Mordecai E. Hyams; and, Gerald McCarthy. The material was assembled by North Carolina State University Professor, James R. Troyer, during his research and production of articles about each of the individuals represented here.

North Carolina State University Professor of Botany James R. Troyer has written biographical articles about several North Carolina botanists, as well as Nature's Champion : B.W. Wells, Tar Heel Ecologist.

Biographical/historical note

North Carolina State University Professor of Botany James R. Troyer has written biographical articles about several North Carolina botanists, as well as Nature's Champion : B.W. Wells, Tar Heel Ecologist.

Donald B. Anderson had a distinguished career as a teacher and administrator, during his many years of involvement in the North Carolina system of higher education. Born in Schoolcraft, Michigan, in 1899, he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as his PhD. at Ohio State University. He served as a botany professor at the University of Wisconsin from 1923-1924, but left for North Carolina in 1925, after completing his PhD. work. Anderson worked at North Carolina State College until 1958, teaching courses on plant physiology and other botanical topics. During this era, Anderson also published much scholarship on the wall structure of cotton fibers and coauthored the textbook, Plant Physiology, with B.S. Meyer, in 1939. Anderson also served as Program Director in Education in the Sciences at the National Acience Foundation, from 1956-1957. Anderson's administrative role in North Carolina's higher education system was also significant. During his time at North Carolina State College he held the positions of department head, head of the Division of Biological Sciences, and dean of the Graduate School. Anderson's contributions to the state of North Carolina were recognized in 1951, with the O. Max Gardner Award. In 1958, he moved to Chapel Hill, taking the position of provost of the Consolidated University of North Carolina, an entity which supervises all public universities and colleges in the state. From 1960-1968, he worked as vice president of academic affairs for the Consolidated University. After his retirement, he continued to teach courses at the universities in Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Greensboro. Dr. Anderson in 1994, at the age of 94.

Hardy Bryan Croom was born to a prominent family in Lenoir County, N.C., in 1797. Croom married Frances Henrietta Smith in 1821 and became involved in politics. He moved to Florida in 1830, to manage the estate of hs deceased father and developed a keen botanical interest. In 1833 he and Dr. H. Loomis produced the Catalogue of Plants Observed in the Neighborhood of New Bern, North Carolina. Croom is also credited with discovering one of the rarest coniferous trees, the Torreya taxifolium, named for Dr. John Torrey. Another species discovered by Croom was named Croomia pauciflora, in his honor. Croom, along with his wife and children, died in 1837, when the steamboat on which they were travelling sank off the coast of North Carolina.

North Carolina's Hyams family produced three important botanists. Mordecai E. Hyams was born in Charleston, S.C., in 1819. In 1861 he moved to Charlotte to purchase botnical materials to be used in the production of medication for Confederate soldiers. Hyams himself enlisted, ran the medical supply department in Charlotte, N.C., and then moved to Statesville. Hyams continued in the drug manufacturing business. most notably, he was botanist and manager for the Wallace Brothers Herbarium. Charles Walter and George often accopanied their father on expeditions to gather and identify plants. M.E. Hyams is known to be responsible for discovering 166 new plant species in North Carolina. In 1878, the Hyams' fmaily rediscovered the rare Shortia galacifolia along the Catawba River in McDowell County. M.E. Hyams died in 1891 and George did not contunue to be involved in science, but C.W. Hyams remained involved in botany. Charles worked as an instructor in botany and entomology at the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts and also worked at the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station. Dismissed by the college's board of trustees, in 1901, Hyams went to prison for reselling stolen books, in 1907. When released, he became a recluse, occasionally contributing articles to the local newspaper and died in 1941. George spent his career as the postmaster and owner of a general store in Old Fort, N.C. and died in 1932.

Scope/content

Biographical information, publications, and oral histories of various prominent North Carolina botanists, including: Donald B. Anderson; H.B. Croom; C.W. Hyams; Mordecai E. Hyams; and, Gerald McCarthy. The material was assembled by North Carolina State University Professor, James R. Troyer, during his research and production of articles about each of the individuals represented here.

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James R. Troyer Collection on North Carolina Botanists, MC 00335, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of J. R. Troyer, 2003.

Anderson, Donald B. 1899-1996
Size: 0.25 linear feet

.5 archival boxes

Personal 1899-1996
Biographical Information - General 1899-1996
Box 1, Folder 1
Biographical Information - Family 1926-1990
Box 1, Folder 2
Professional 1925-1978
Administrative Work 1933-1964
Box 1, Folder 3
North Carolina State University Botany Department History 1977-1978
Box 1, Folder 4
Research 1952-1979
Box 1, Folder 5
Teaching 1925-1978
Box 1, Folder 6
Photographs ca. 1950s
Portrait ca. 1950s
Box 1, Folder 7
Croom, H.B. 1834-2002
Size: 0.25 linear feet

.5 archival boxes

Personal 1883-2002
Biographical Information 1883-2002
Box 1, Folder 8
Professional 1834-1983
Research - Torreya and Croomia 1834-1983
Box 1, Folder 9
Publications 1834-1954
Box 1, Folder 10
Hyams, C.W. 1894-2001
Size: 0.02 linear feet

1 folder

Personal 1890-1995
Biographical Information 1894-2001
Box 1, Folder 11
Hyams, Mordecai E. 1890-1995
Size: 0.02 linear feet

1 folder

Personal 1890-1995
Biographical Information 1894-2001
Box 1, Folder 12
McCarthy, Gerald 1882-2002
Size: 0.5 linear feet

1 Archival Box

Personal 1857-2000
Article - Stopped Ears Open Mind, Gerald McCarthy (1858-1915), North Carolina Botanist 1999
Box 1, Folder 13
Biographical Information 1897-1995
Box 1, Folder 14
Deafness 1893-1989
Box 1, Folder 15
McCarthy Family Records 1888-1982
Box 1, Folder 16
Troyer's Correspondence with Family 1990-2002
Box 1, Folder 17
Education 1882-1999
Gallaudet College 1882-1982
Box 2, Folder 1
Cornell University 1897-1983
Box 2, Folder 2
University of Chicago 1898-1983
Box 2, Folder 3
Troyer's Correspondence with Colleges 1989-1999
Box 2, Folder 4
Professional 1884-1997
Smithsonian Institution (located in box 3) 1884-1898
Box 2, Folder 5
North Carolina Experiment Station 1888-1997
General 1896-1937
Box 2, Folder 6
Station Work 1888-1987
Box 2, Folder 7
Crop Pest Control 1898-1930
Box 2, Folder 8
Seed Testing 1889-1997
Box 2, Folder 9
Southern Pines 1896-1900
Box 2, Folder 10
Fusion Politics 1897-1987
Box 2, Folder 11
Lawsuits and Complaints 1897-1987
Box 2, Folder 12
North Carolina Horticultural Society 1886-1895
Box 2, Folder 13
Publications 1884-1904
1884-1894
Box 2, Folder 14
1897-1904
Box 2, Folder 15
Bibliography and Notes , n.d.
Box 2, Folder 16
Bibliography and Statistics , n.d.
Box 2, Folder 17
Photographs ca. 1880s
Portraits ca. 1880s
Box 2, Folder 18
Oral Histories 1925-1996
Size: 0.5 linear feet

1 Archival Box

Audio Cassette Indexes 1978-1981
Box 1
H.T. Scofield (1-2) 22 January 1978
Legal box 3, Cassette 1
H.T. Scofield (3-4) 22 January 1978
Legal box 3, Cassette 2
H.T. Scofield (5-6) 22 January 1978
Legal box 3, Cassette 3
H.T. Scofield (7) 22 January 1978
Legal box 3, Cassette 4
D.B. Anderson (1-2) 11 February 1978
Legal box 3, Cassette 5
D.B. Anderson (3) 11 February 1978
Legal box 3, Cassette 6
L.A. Whitford (1-2) 16 February 1978
Legal box 3, Cassette 7
L.A. Whitford (3-4) 16 February 1978
Legal box 3, Cassette 8
B.W. Wells, Maude Barnes Wells 1971, 22 September 1979,
Legal box 3, Cassette 9
B.W. Wells, Maude Barnes Wells 1971, 22 September 1979,
Legal box 3, Cassette 9 Copy
G.R. Noggle ca. 1978 ?,
Legal box 3, Cassette 10
B.W. Wells, A Memorial 31 December 1978
Legal box 3, Cassette 11
Dedication of Bostian Hall 17 December 1980,
Legal box 3, Cassette 12
Wells/Harkema Dedication 9 March 1981,
Legal box 3, Cassette 13
Wells/Harkema Dedication 9 March 1981,
Legal box 3, Cassette 13 Master Copy

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James R. Troyer Collection on North Carolina Botanists, MC 00335, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.