Franklin Sumner Earle Records (RG4)

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Collectors: Earle, F. S. (Franklin Sumner), 1856-1929.
Title: Franklin Sumner Earle Records (RG4)
Dates: 1896-1907
Dates: 1901-1907
Quantity: 0.3 linear feet; 1 box
Call Phrase: Earle (RG4)

Biography of Franklin Sumner Earle

Franklin Sumner Earle (1856-1929) was a mycologist and specialist in diseases and cultivation of sugar cane. He was born in Dwight, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois, studying under Thomas J. Burrill but received no degree. He served as superintendent of the Mississippi Agriculture Experiment Station (1892-95), assistant pathologist in charge of the mycological herbarium of the USDA (1895-96), and biologist and horticulturist of the Alabama Agriculture Experiment Station (1895-1900). In 1902 he held an appointment as Professor of Botany at the Alabama Polytechnic Institute where he was awarded an honorary masters degree.

In 1901 Earle joined the New York Botanical Garden where he worked for three years as Assistant Curator in charge of the mycological collections. During his career as the first full-time NYBG mycologist he published “The Genera of the North American Gill Fungi” an important taxonomic work that followed the American Code of Nomenclature. In 1904 he became the director of the Estacion Agronomica at Santiago de las Vegas, Cuba. Soon afterwards, he began fruit cultivation at Herradura, Cuba on a farm that he maintained until the end of his life. His work in Cuba, as a business consultant, president of the Cuba Fruit Exchange, and later USDA investigator, focused on the sugar cane industry. He developed a variety of sugar cane resistant to a mosaic disease and made many contributions to the development of its cultivation. Among his many publications a major work was Sugar Cane and its Culture (1928).

Scope and Content

The Franklin Sumner Earle records consist of correspondence during the period of his work at the NYBG and immediately after (1901-1907). Watercolor illustrations of Caribbean fungi composed by Esther J. Skehan Earle (F. S. Earle’s wife) are part of the William A. Murrill collection (Series 6: Artwork) and are housed in the NYBG Art & Illustration collection. Field notebooks are located in the Collectors’ Field Notebook collection.


The collection is organized into one series:
Series 1: Correspondence. 1896-1907. Arranged alphabetically by author.


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.
Earle, F. S. (Franklin Sumner), 1856-1929 -- Archives.
Fungi -- Caribbean Area -- Pictorial works.
Fungi -- North America -- Classification.
New York Botanical Garden Archives.

Related Material

New York Botanical Garden

PP--Lucian Marcus Underwood Papers

RG4--Nathaniel Lord Britton Records

RG4--William Alphonso Murrill Records

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Franklin Sumner Earle Records (RG4), Archives, The New York Botanical Garden.

Acquisition Information

This collection was transferred to the New York Botanical Garden Archives.

Processing Information

Originally processed by David Rose, Archives Assistant, June 2000 with grant funding from The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH-PA 23141-98) and the Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation. Converted to EAD in August 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 32 files of correspondence on the description and taxonomy of fungi, specimen identification and exchange, scientific publication, and related botanical matters.

Folder Title Date
1.1 Arthur, Joseph C. ca. 1896-1907
1.2 Austin, Coe Finch ca. 1896-1907
1.3 Baker, Charles Fuller ca. 1896-1907
1.4 Bartholomew, Elam ca. 1896-1907
1.5 Burt, Edward Angus ca. 1896-1907
1.6 Clark, R. N. ca. 1896-1907
1.7 Cockerell, Theodore D. A. ca. 1896-1907
1.8 Cook, A. J. ca. 1896-1907
1.9 Davis, J. J. ca. 1896-1907
1.10 Ellis, Job Bicknell ca. 1896-1907
1.11 Emerson, Julia ca. 1896-1907
1.12 Garcia, Fabian ca. 1896-1907
1.13 Griffiths, David ca. 1896-1907
1.14 Grout, Abel Joel ca. 1896-1907
1.15 Heller, Amos A. ca. 1896-1907
1.16 Leggett & Brother ca. 1896-1907
1.17 Maxon, William R. ca. 1896-1907
1.18 Moore, George F. ca. 1896-1907
1.19 Nelson, Aven ca. 1896-1907
1.20 Orton, William Allen ca. 1896-1907
1.21 Paddock, W. ca. 1896-1907
1.22 Peck, Charles Horton ca. 1896-1907
1.23 Powers, L. G. ca. 1896-1907
1.24 Rattibun, R. ca. 1896-1907
1.25 Saccardo, Pier Andrea ca. 1896-1907
1.26 Selby, Augustine Dawson ca. 1896-1907
1.27 Seymour, Arthur Bliss ca. 1896-1907
1.28 Stark, C. M. and William P. ca. 1896-1907
1.29 Starnes, Val ca. 1896-1907
1.30 Tracy, Samuel Mills ca. 1896-1907
1.31 Underwood, Lucian Marcus ca. 1896-1907
1.32 Wilcox, E. Mead ca. 1896-1907

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