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Finding Aid

Papers of Robert B. Wylie
RG 99.0037
Collection Dates: 1890-1956
1.0 ft.

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Acquisition and Processing Information: These papers were transferred to the University of Iowa Libraries prior to 1970. Processed by Earl M. Rogers in April 1997. Guide posted to the Internet 2000; updated January 2008. Updated July 2009 to reflect accrual (Accession 2009-47).

Photographs: Box 1









Scope and Contents

The papers concern research and teaching in botany at the University of Iowa and other institutions, including the Fiji-New Zealand expedition. Correspondents include Shirley A. Briggs (on Rachel Carson), Henry S. Conard, Thomas H. Macbride, Jane Philpott, George B. Rigg, Fred J. Seaver, Bohumil Shimek, Frank D. Venning, and other botanists and Iowa faculty. The Robert B. Wylie Papers consist of one document box of correspondence, notebooks, photographs, research papers, and speeches.

Biographical Note

Robert Bradford Wylie was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, March 28, 1870, and died in Iowa City, June 9, 1959. His degrees were B.S., Upper Iowa University, Fayette, 1897; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1904; and LL.D., Upper Iowa, 1924. Wylie taught botany at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, 1897-1906, except when studying for his doctorate, and at the University of Iowa from 1906 onward. He served as department head, 1919-1940. Wylie’s professional activities include the Friday Harbor Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Washington; Iowa Academy of Science (president, 1922-1923); Iowa Lakeside Laboratory; and the University of Iowa Fiji-New Zealand expedition, 1922.

Box Contents List

Box 1


1907 -- 1939

1940 -- 1956

Macbride, 1906 -- 1934

Fiji Islands and New Zealand expedition



Miscellaneous clippings and articles

Photographs of Wylie’s mother

Research papers

A -- F

Box 2

G -- W

Research - bibliographies

Unpublished speeches, editorials, reviews

Promotional publication draft, photos and glass plate, 1953 -- 1954

Lecture notes

Comparative Morphology of Plants, 1908 -- 1909


Sketches of specimens (2), n.d.