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Charles T. Simpson papers, 1886-1943 | University of Miami Special Collections

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Title: Charles T. Simpson papers, 1886-1943Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1886-1943

ID: ASM0279

Creator: Simpson, Charles T. (1846-1932)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The Charles T. Simpson collection was originally donated as a series of pages from scrapbook. However, due to the brittle and acidic nature of these pages, and because half the items were already loose from the original scrapbook, the scrapbook was dissembled and the materials preserved and given intellectual arrangement. However, photocopies of the arrangement of the scrapbook pages were made and are included in the collection.

Formats/Genres: Articles, Certificates, Clippings, Contracts, Envelopes, Financial statements, Letters, Manuscripts, Minutes, Notes, Photocopies, Photographs, Postcards, Specimens, Typescripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Charles T. Simpson collection contains photographs, account statements, letters, minutes, contracts, typescripts, articles, certificates, membership cards, manuscripts, notes, photocopies, and a plant specimen, which document the lengthy botanical and zoological career of the early 20th century naturalist.

Biographical Note

Charles Torrey Simpson was a naturalist, responsible for many classifications and discoveries in both flora and fauna, and author of many scientific articles. Simpson was born near Tiskilwa, Illinois on June 3, 1946. At seventeen, he enlisted as a private in company F of the 57th Ill. infantry for the Civil War. In 1870 he enlisted in the US navy and served three years on the "Shenandoah" on the European station, where he made collections of natural history material. In 1882 he moved to Bradenton, Fla., where he conducted a building and contracting business and studied botany. In 1889 he went to the Smithsonian institution, department of mollusks, and remained on the institution's staff until 1902. In 1903 he established his home on Biscayne Bay, near Miami, Fla., and devoted his studies to the flora and fauna of south Florida. He had a collection of 20,000 species of shells, of which he personally collected 4,000. Simpson introduced a number of foreign plants into this country and aided in developing other species indigenous to Florida and the tropics. From 1914 on he was a collaborator with the U.S. department of agriculture. In 1923 he was awarded the Meyer medal for plant introduction by the American Genetic Association and in 1927 Miami University conferred on him the honorary degree of Sc.D. Simpson died at Miami, Fla., December 17, 1932.

Subject/Index Terms

Botany - Florida
Mollusks - Florida - Identification
National parks and reserves - Florida
Naturalists - Florida
Simpson, Charles Torrey, 1846-1932
Undurraga, Antonio de

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Charles T. Simpson Papers Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Related Materials:

The following titles by Charles T. Simpson are held in Special Collections:

Simpson, Charles Torrey. Florida Wild Life; Observations On The Flora And Fauna Of The State And The Influence Of Climate. New York, The Macmillan Company, 1932. QH105.F6 S5

-----. In Lower Florida Wilds; A Naturalist's Observations On The Life, Physical Geography, And Geology. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1920. QH105.F6 S6

-----. Native And Exotic Plants Of Dade County, Florida. Washington, D.C.: Press of Judd & Detweiler, inc., 1914. SB405 .S5 1914

-----. Ornamental Gardening In Florida. Little River, Fla.: The author, 1916. SB477.U7 F6

-----. Ornamental Gardening In Florida. Little River, Fla., The author, c1926. SB477.U7 F6 1926

-----. Out Of Doors In Florida; The Adventures Of A Naturalist, Together With Essays On The Wild Life And The Genealogy Of The State. Miami: E. B. Douglas Co. 1923. QH105.F6 S56 c.3

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Preferred Citation: Charles T. Simpson Papers, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

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Series 1: Letters, Postcards, and Envelopes, 1886-1935, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, 1908, 1913, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Account Statements, 1922-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Minutes and Indentitures, 1913, 1933, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Clippings, 1926, 1934, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Typescripts and Articles, 1915-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Certificates and Membership Cards, 1886, 1902, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Manuscripts and Notes, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Plant Specimen, unidentified, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Photocopies of Scrapbook Pages Intact in 2009Add to your cart.

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