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Charles Clemons Deam collection 1896-1952

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L572 (Text) 00000106354988 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 24 manuscripts boxes ; 2 index card boxes

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General Note:
Processing Information: Processed by Philip N. Williams, 2000. Finding Aid Revised by Bethany Fiechter, April 2013.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
The collection ranges from 1896-1952 and includes correspondence and personal papers from Charles Deam, as well as drafts of his manuscript, Grasses of Indiana. The correspondence consists of Deam's interactions with other botanists in regard to collecting, identifying, and reproducing plants. In part, this includes correspondence and papers concerning his trips to Florida, Mexico, and Central and South America. Also included is Deam's correspondence with publishers, research assistants, and reviewers regarding his research and publications. Correspondence with county agents, businesses, and schoolteachers relates to speaking engagements and consulting work. Included, too, are correspondence and papers relating to the Indiana Academy of Science and Deam's involvement in the fight against pollution, along with his support of the state's acquisition and preservation of wilderness land. Apart from science, the collection includes personal correspondence with family members as well as his affiliation with the Democratic Party. Correspondents include, H.H. Bartlett, N.L. Britton, Homer Capehart, Stanley Coulter, W.W. Eggleston, George W. Gilles, J.M. Greenman, G. Grossman, A.S. Hitchcock, Richard Lieber, Warren T. McCray, Kenneth M. MacKensie, Thomas Riley Marshall, Francis W. Pennell, Gene Stratton Porter, Robert Ridgeway, L. S. Sargent, and Paul Weatherwax.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Charles W. Coffin collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Charles Clemons Deam was born in Bluffton, Indiana on August 30, 1865, the son of John H. Deam, farmer, and Martha (Marsh) Deam. Charles attended Bluffton High School and later received honorary degrees from Wabash College (A.M., 1920), Depauw University (Sc.D., 1932), and Indiana University (LL.D., 1939). He married Stella Mullin of Indianapolis on June 11, 1893. They had one daughter, Roberta. Having first worked as a druggist, Deam later started his career as a botanist when he accepted the position of state forester in 1909, advancing to chief state forester in 1919 and serving in that capacity till 1928. In 1928, he began devoting his time to forestry research, continuing to do so till his retirement in 1940. Charles Deam was the author of Shrubs of Indiana (1924), Grasses of Indiana (1929), Trees of Indiana (1932), and Flora of Indiana (1940). He was awarded the Pugsley Silver Medal for work in forestry and was also a founding member of the Indiana Academy of Science. Mr. Deam died on May 29, 1953.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Charles Deam, Nov. 1948 ; July 1949
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Deam, Charles Clemon, 1865-1953.
Indiana Academy of Science.
Botanists > Indiana.

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