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Charles R. Barnes papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 70, Placement: 07
Identifier: MSF 25

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two folders with articles written by Charles Barnes, one folder of letters, and a book written by Barnes.


  • 1882 - 1899


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Charles Reid Barnes was born in Madison, Indiana on September 7, 1858. He graduated from Hanover College in 1877 and afterward studied at Harvard University. After teaching in public schools for a few years, he became a professor of Botany at Purdue University in 1882.

In 1887 he left for the University of Wisconsin and spent eleven years there developing and maintaining a Department of Botany. In 1898 he became a professor of plant physiology at the University of Chicago.

In addition to teaching at universities, Barnes also served as the coeditor of the Botanical Gazette from 1883 until his death in 1910.

Barnes was active in several associations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1884-1899), for which he served as secretary of the botanical section (1894), secretary of the council (1895), general secretary (1896) and vice-president of the botanical section (1898); and the Botanical Society of America (1894-1904), for which he served as the secretary (1894-1898) and later president (1903-1904). Barnes also served as a delegate to the 1905 International Botanical Congress in Vienna.

Barnes died from an accidental fall on February 24, 1910.


0.182 Cubic Feet (One letter-size half-width manuscript box)


Collection materials are organized chronologically.

Physical Access Information

The book "Artificial Keys to the Genera and Species of Mosses" is fragile and should be handled with care.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Two letters dated May 28, 1883 and July 6, 1885 donated by Whitman Bailey on May 6, 1946. One letter dated July 9, 1882 donated by Whitman Bailey in May 1948. The source and date of acquisition of the remaining material is unknown.

Processing Information

Material has been placed into acid-free folders and box. A book enclosure has been made for the book "Artificial Keys to the Genera and Species of Mosses".



Charles R. Barnes papers
Under Review
Mary A. Sego, Amanda Rumba, and William Niner
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description first completed 2008-11-30 by Mary Sego.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-03: Collection description updated by Amanda Rumba to more fully meet standards.
  • 2022-02-13: Additional folder of letters added and collection description updated by William Niner.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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