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    Richard Sumner Cowan Papers, circa 1952-1985 and undated.
     
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    Creator: 
    Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997
    Title: 
    Richard Sumner Cowan Papers, circa 1952-1985 and undated.
    Phy. Description: 
    2.5 linear meters.
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid to collection
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Richard Sumner Cowan (1921- ), a systematic botanist specializing in neotropical flora, received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1952. From 1952 to 1957, he served as Assistant Curator at the New York Botanical Garden. Cowan joined the United States National Museum (USNM) in 1957 when he was appointed Associate Curator in the Department of Botany. In 1962, he was appointed Assistant Director of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), and, in 1965, Director. Cowan retired from administration in 1973 and resumed his research as a Senior Botanist at NMNH. He remained in the position until his retirement in 1985. Cowan's primary research interest is the systematics of legumes in tropical America.
    Summary: 
    This collection documents Cowan's career as a systematic botanist at the New York Botanical Garden, USNM, and NMNH. Included is incoming and outgoing correspondence concerning the identification of specimens, the preparation of scientific papers and monographs, and professional activities; a subject file mostly documenting his research; and files relating to his work as Secretary of the National Committee of the International Botanical Congress, 1969.
    For additional materials documenting Cowan's botanical research and administrative career at NMNH, see Record Units 155, 197, and 9501.
    Linking Note: 
    For a further history of the creating unit, refer to the highlighted link "Forms Part of" above.
    Organization: 
    (1) General correspondence, circa 1952-1981; (2) general correspondence, circa 1973-1985; (3) subject file, circa 1964-1981 and undated; (4) International Botanical Congress files, 1965-1971.
    Restrictions: 
    Use of this record unit requires prior arrangement with the Archives staff.
    Subject-Topical: 
    Botany
    Subject-Name: 
    Cowan, Richard S., 1921-1997
    National Committee of the International Botanical Congress
    New York Botanical Garden
    National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Dept. of Botany
    United States National Museum.
    Columbia University
    National Museum of Natural History (U.S.). Assistant Director.
    International Botanical Congress (1969)
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
    Local Number: 
    SIA RU007356
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