Timothy Field Allen Papers (PP)

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Collectors: Allen, Timothy Field, 1837-1902.
Title: Timothy Field Allen Papers (PP)
Dates: 1870-1900
Abstract: Collection consists of correspondence, drawings, and manuscripts.
Quantity: 2.5 linear inches; 2 boxes
Call Phrase: Timothy Field Allen (PP)

Biography of Timothy Field Allen

A physician by training, Timothy Field Allen was an enthusiastic botanist and served as the vice-president of the Torrey Botanical Club from 1873 until his death in 1902. His interest in algae led him to specialize in the family Characeae. Allen wrote many scientific papers on these plants and corresponded and exchanged specimens with students all over the world . In 1901 he presented to the Garden his specimens and his extensive collection of information on the Characeae. He is commemorated by the grass Danthonia Alleni Austin, Eriogonuum Alleni S. Watson, and by Sundrops of eastern Long Island, Kneiffia Alleni.

Allen was born in Westminster, Vermont, April 24, 1837, received a degree from Amherst in 1858 and an MD from University of the City of New York in 1861. From 1862 to 1864 he was an Assistant Surgeon of the United States Army. After the war Allen served as dean of the New York Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital. He was largely instrumental in the establishment of the Flower Hospital and the Laura Franklin Free Hospital for Children. He died on December 5, 1902 in New York City.

Scope and Content

The collection comprises materials on Characeae including correspondence, drawings, and parts of Allen's publication, Characeae Americanae.


The collection is organized into four series:
Series 1: Correspondence.
Series 2: Characeae of America, Part II.
Series 3:Chara drawings.
Series 4: Characeae of America, Part I.


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.
Allen, Timothy Field, 1837-1902 -- Archives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Timothy Field Allen Papers (PP), Archives, The New York Botanical Garden.

Acquisition Information

This collection was accessioned as 306 on 26 February 1981.

Processing Information

Originally processed in May 2001. Converted to EAD in December 2005 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:

Includes nine folders, seven with individual correspondents, including J.W. Blankenship, F.Hauck, O. Nordstedt, A.J. Pieters, Kenzo Saito, D.A. Saunders, and Ernest Volk; one on medical topics, and one with various correspondents.

Folder Title Date
1.1 Blankenship, J.W 1889/1896
1.2 Hauck, F. 1886
1.3 Nordstedt, O. 1897-1898/undated
1.4 Pieters, A.J.. 1898/1899
1.5 Sato, Kenzo 1895-1899
1.6 Saunders, D.A. 1897/1899
1.7 Volk, Ernest 1888
1.8 Medical topics 1889/1890
1.9 Miscellaneous 1870-1900

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Series 2. Characeae of America, Part II

Scope and Content:

Two folders containing descriptions and illustrations of Nitella.

Folder Title Date
1.10 Nitella: Fascicle I 1892
1.11 Nitella: Fascicle I 1894

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Series 3. Chara drawings.

Scope and Content:

Three folders of drawings

Folder Title Date
1.12 drawing ca. 1870-1900
1.13 drawing ca. 1870-1900
2.1 drawing ca. 1870-1900

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Series 4. Characeae Americanae, Part I.

Scope and Content:

One folder of the issue devoted to Chara gymnopus, and one folder to Characeae Americanae Exsiccatae.

Folder Title Date
2.2 Characeae Americanae, Part I 1879
2.3 Characeae Americanae, ExsiccataePart I 1880

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