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AVEN NELSON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/23/1935 - HFSID 298734

AVEN NELSON The pioneer botanist advises a young man to make botany his life work. Typed Letter signed: "Aven Nelson", 1 page, 6x6½. Laramie, Wyoming, February 23, 1935. On letterhead of the University of Wyoming to James Timbers, Mauston, Wisconsin.

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AVEN NELSON The pioneer botanist advises a young man to make botany his life work. Typed Letter signed: "Aven Nelson", 1 page, 6x6½. Laramie, Wyoming, February 23, 1935. On letterhead of the University of Wyoming to James Timbers, Mauston, Wisconsin. In Full: "Replying to your request for my autograph, I will say I will say that my autograph is not anything remarkable or significant. I am hoping, however, that you are interested in Botany, and that you propose to make that subject your life work. If so, I wish you great success and much pleasure in the field in which I am still having a very happy time…do not take my 'fame or greatness' too seriously". Aven Nelson (1859-1952) was one of the first five faculty members at the University of Wyoming. In 1894, he began the first of many collection expeditions, gathering 1,200 botanical specimens which would form the basis of the University's herbarium. In 1896, he published a landmark study of the flora of Wyoming. Over the course of his career, he published dozens of papers and several more books. Nelson served as the University of Wyoming's President from 1918 to 1922. His retirement from teaching in 1931 did not signal the end of his scientific studies. He expanded his specimen collecting expeditions throughout the West, and served as President of the Botanical Society of American and Chairman of the American Society of Plant Taxonomy. From 1931 to 1935, he was President of Phi Kappa Phi, one of the most prestigious academic fraternities in the world. One horizontal and two vertical folds. Lightly creased. Mounting residue at corners. Otherwise, fine condition.

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