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James Harrison Carruth correspondence

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P41


This correspondence between two botanists, Smyth, who was on the faculty of Kansas State University and later Ohio State University, and J. H. Carruth, who was on the faculty at Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas, is devoted nearly exclusively to discussion of Kansas flora. The bulk of the letters are from Carruth to Smyth.


  • Creation: 1877 - 1892


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Biography of Bernard Bryan Smyth (1843-1913)

Bernard Bryan Smyth was born in County Cavan, Ireland on March 8, 1843, the son of an English schoolmaster. After his father's death, Smyth was sent to live with his aunt in Dublin and later followed his mother to Norwalk, Ohio.

Smyth served in the Army during the U.S. Civil War and then returned to school, including the Michigan Normal School so that he could become a schoolteacher. He married Mary Adams in 1872, and soon thereafter they moved to Kansas. Smyth and his brother John started a nursery in Barton County, but the stock was destroyed in the grasshopper plague, so both brothers turned to teaching.

Smyth became a Kansas Academy of Science member in 1880 and served as its librarian from 1886-1902. From 1893 until his death in 1913 he served as the Gross Collection curator, and he held a professor of botany position with the Kansas Medical College from 1890-1895.

[Information retrieved from the Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, vol. 25 (December 1912).]


1 folder (22 items )

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Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Earl Manchester, Ohio State University, 1940.

Related Materials

Smyth's library is at the Ohio State University Archives.

Guide to the James Harrison Carruth Collection
James Harrison Carruth correspondence
lgg 1972, revised 1981 amh 2004
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Preferred citation
James Harrison Carruth Collection, RH MS P41, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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