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Collection Number: 03465

Collection Title: T. G. Harbison Letters, 1905-1926.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract T. G. (Thomas Grant) Harbison (1862-1936) was a field botanist who came to Highlands, N.C., in 1866. The collection includes letters, chiefly 1912-1919, received by T. G. Harbison from Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), arboriculturist and director of Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. Letters concern the botanical and arboricultural projects in which they were engaged.
Creator Harbison, T. G. (Thomas Grant), 1862-1936.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the T. G. Harbison Letters, #3465, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Botany Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, February 1960.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Thomas Grant Harbison (1862-1936) was a field botanist who came to Highlands, N.C., in 1866. He later studied botany and forestry in Europe and became a collector for George Vanderbilt's Biltmore herbarium in western North Carolina. He was subsequently engaged by Harvard University as southern field botanist for the Arnold Arboretum. At the same time he collected material for Charles Sprague Sargent's Manual of Trees of North America and brought to light about 100 unknown or little-known species of trees.

Charles Sprague Sargeant (1841-1927) was an arboriculturist and director of the Harvard Botanical Garden, 1872-1879, and Arnold Arboretum, 1873-1927, at Harvard University. He was an editor and author of botanical works including Manual of Trees of North America.

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The collection includes letters, chiefly 1912-1919, received by Thomas Grant Harbison from Charles Sprague Sargent concerning the botanical and arboricultural projects in which they were engaged.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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