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Seville Flowers Papers

 Collection
Identifier: COU:611

Scope and Contents

The Seville Flowers Collection includes class lectures and notes, manuscripts, and drawings of specimens. The Flowers Collection is separated into four sections: I. Personal, II. Academic Notes, III. Correspondence and IV. Oversize. Personal materials are limited to box 1 and contain biographical information, obituaries, clippings and donor letters. Academic notes are separated into 15 parts. Continuing from box 1 to box 2 are drawings and notes for Algae. The remaining of box 2 contains notes for Anacolia. Box 3 contains notes on miscellaneous Animalia. Continuing from box 3 to box 4 are notes, papers and drawings of Bartramiaceae. Box 4 to 5 contains notes on Bryophytes. The rest of box 5 contains notes and drawings of Ferns. Box 6 contains notes, papers and drawings of fungi and grasses and also geological field notes and papers. Box 7 contains manuscripts, notes and drawings of liverworts (Hepaticae). Box 8 contains notes on the different genera of lichens and a small part of Merceya notes and drawings that continue into box 9. Boxes 10 and 11 contain manuscript catalogs of mosses of Utah. In boxes 12 and 13, it contains class notes (such as paleobotany, plant physiology, genetics, ecology, pathology and morphology of angiosperms and bryophytes) from the University of Chicago. Boxes 14 to 16 contain notes on vegetation, ecology, phytogeography and maps Utah and other locations. From boxes 16 to 18, miscellaneous notes, photography, drawings of other botanists, and lecture notes. Boxes 19 to 21 contain correspondence listed in alphabetical order by last name. Oversize 1 to 3 contain (a total of) 185 large botanical drawings (originals) used in Mosses: Utah and the West. Oversize 4 contain 6 negatives of selected oversize drawings found in oversize 1-3 that were used in an exhibition at the Hunt Botanical Library in Pittsburgh.

Dates

  • 1920 - 1968

Biographical Note

Seville Flowers was born on January 14, 1900, in Salt Lake City, Utah, son of John and Caroline Seville Flowers . Flowers received his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Utah in 1925, Master of Arts at Brigham Young University in 1926, Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1931, and his postgraduate certificate in 1933 at Long Island Biological Station. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Chicago, he returned to Utah, where he cultivated a lifelong understanding of Utah’s mosses and other flora. During his career, he also became an accomplished bryological artist. Other bryologists had dismissed Utah as a state with “a relatively small and uninteresting moss flora because of its generally low rainfall”; however, in Mosses of Utah and the West, Flowers demonstrated that Utah was home to over 250 species of mosses.

Flowers was an excellent botanical artist, researcher, writer, and professor of botany at the University of Utah until his death (1936¬-1968). He specialized in bryology and algology and was vice president (1964-1965) and president (1966-1967) of the American Bryological Society. He was also state chairman of the National Educational Association’s science department (1934-1936) and president of the Utah Education Association (1935-1937). Flowers was also a long time member of the Scholastic Standards Committee. He belonged to numerous societies such as the American Bryological Society, American Fern Society, Phycological Society of America, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and International Association for Plant Taxonomy, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Sigma Xi, and Utah Academy of Sciences.

Extent

10.5 linear feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Seville Flowers, 1900–1968, was a professor of botany at the University of Utah from 1936 until his death. Flowers was state chairman of the National Educational Associate’s Science Department (1934 – 1936), president of the Utah Education Association (1935 – 1937), and the vice president (1964 – 1965) and president (1966 – 1967) of the American Bryological Society. The Seville Flowers Collection includes class lectures and notes, manuscripts, and drawings of specimens during his time as a professor of botany at the University of Utah from 1936 until 1968.
Author
Edited by Rachel Newton, May 2003. Reedited by Jessica Roeder July 2008. Rehoused by Carissa To, April 2013. Machine-readable finding aid created by Richelle Cripe, August 2015
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Repository

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