Samuel Chester Damon Papers (PP)

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Collectors: Damon, Samuel Chester.
Title: Samuel Chester Damon Papers (PP)
Dates: 1947-1952
Quantity: 0.7 linear feet; 2 boxes
Call Phrase: Damon (PP)

Biography of Samuel Chester Damon

Samuel Chester Damon II (1923-1952) was a taxonomic mycologist born in Baltimore, Maryland 18 November 1923. He gained his B.A. in Botany (1944) at Brown University and Ph.D. (1951) at the University of Iowa. After service in the U.S. Navy in World War II he worked as Taxonomic Mycologist in the Research and Development Laboratories of the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot of the U.S. Army. Damon conducted research and published six articles on the genera Cheiromyces, Sepedonium, and related fungi. Some of his research was done at the New York Botanical Garden with the guidance of Donald P. Rogers. Damon’s life was cut short by Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 28. His herbarium was presented to, and is held by, the NYBG.

Scope and Content

The Samuel Chester Damon collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts, research notes, pencil sketches, and photographs during his graduate studies and position with the U.S. Army Quartermaster Depot.


The collection is organized into four series:
Series 1: Correspondence. 1947-1951. Arranged alphabetically.
Series 2: Manuscripts and Typescripts. 1948-1951. Arranged alphabetically.
Series 3: Research Papers. 1948-1952. Arranged alphabetically.
Series 4: Photography.


Access restrictions

This collection is open for research with permission from Mertz Library staff.


Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be submitted in writing to the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Damon, Samuel Chester -- Archives.
Fungi imperfecti.
New York Botanical Garden Archives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Samuel Chester Damon Papers (PP), Archives, The New York Botanical Garden.

Acquisition Information

Three notebooks in Series 2: Research Papers were transferred from the NYBG herbarium by William R. Buck (Curator, Institute of Systematic Botany, NYBG) in November 1999.

Processing Information

Originally processed by David Rose, Archives Assistant, December 1999 with grant funding from The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH-PA 23141-98) and the Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation. Converted to EAD in July 2006 by Kathleene Konkle under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH-PA 50678-04).

Container List


Series 1. Correspondence.

Scope and Content:

There are 3 files of correspondence, one with Alexander H. Smith concerning the submittal of a paper on Cheiromyces to the journal Mycologia.

Folder Title Date
1.1 Christison, Isabel (re: Cephalosporium) ca. 1947-1951
1.2 Shanor, Leland (re: Monogrammia) ca. 1947-1951
1.3 Smith, Alexander H. (re: Cheiromyces) ca. 1947-1951

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Series 2. Manuscripts and Typescripts.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of annotated drafts of unpublished papers. There are 10 files of manuscripts and typescripts on the classification and description of Hyphomycetes and related fungi. One file contains a portion (introduction and chapter III) of Damon’s Ph.D. thesis (1951) on fungi imperfecti, including Cheiromyces, for the Graduate College of the State University of Iowa.

Folder Title Date
1.4 Capitulella, a new genus of Hyphomycetes 1948-1951
1.5 “A consideration of the spore terminology used in the Hyphomycetes 1948-1951
1.6 Dicranidion and Pedilospora” (with notes on Cheiromyces) 1948-1951
1.7 “A discussion of the generic concepts of Chloridium Link and Rhinotrichum Corda 1948-1951
1.8 “A note on species of Coniosporium Link ex Fries” 1948-1951
1.9 “On the classification of Hyphomycetes 1948-1951
1.10 “On conservation of generic names of fungi” 1948-1951
1.11 “Recent experiments on growth of Myxomycete plasmodia 1948-1951
1.12 “Studies in critical genera of fungi imperfecti” Ph.D. thesis 1951
1.13 “The taxonomic position of Epicoccum Link” 1948-1951

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Series 3. Research Papers.

Scope and Content:

There are 21 files of research notes, dichotomous keys, and sketches and drawings of Hyphomycetes and their allies. Of these are 3 notebooks on cultures and herbarium specimens. In the notebook titled “S. C. Damon herbarium list” is a note inscribed by NYBG mycologist Donald P. Rogers, “All numbers marked x in left-hand margin were present in Dr. Damon’s herbarium delivered to the NYBG.” Three files of notes consist of pencil sketches that supplement the research record.

Folder Title Date
1.14 Completed drawings of microfungi 1948-1952
1.15 Culture acquisition record 1948-1949
1.16 Herbarium list 1951-1952
1.17 Key to Staurosporous Hyphomycetes 1948-1952
1.18 Notebook on cultures 1952
1.19 Notes and keys on Mortieriella, Fusarium, Comatricha, et al 1948-1952
1.20 Notes on Cephalosporium 1948-1952
1.21 Notes on Conidiosporaceae 1948-1952
1.22 Notes on Diplocladium 1948-1952
1.23 Notes on Epicoccum 1948-1952
1.24 Notes on Haplaria and Oedemium 1948-1952
1.25 Notes on Haplotrichum 1948-1952
1.26 Notes on Hirudinaria 1948-1952
1.27 Notes on Hyphelia and Ostracoderma 1948-1952
2.1 Notes on microfungi, miscellaneous 1948-1952
2.2 Notes on mycologists 1948-1952
2.3 Notes on Oidium and Bactridium 1948-1952
2.4 Notes on Sporodesmium 1948-1952
2.5 Sketches of fungi, miscellaneous 1948-1952
2.6 Sketches: Gliosphaera, Podosporium, Septonema, Spegazzinia 1948-1952
2.7 Species descriptions 1948-1952

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Series 4. Photography.

Scope and Content:

There is one file with three photographs related to research on Hyphomycetes.

Folder Title Date
2.8 Photographs (Bactidium fulvellum; Dicranidium; Epicoccum cultures) n.d.

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