Papers include field notes, a diary, manuscripts, articles and
reprints, maps, and correspondence; most of the field notes relate to California, with
occasional later annotations by other botanists. Some of the material relates to Big
Basin Redwoods State Park and the Sierra Club. The diary is from a tour of the
California missions from December 27, 1895 to January 7, 1896 and includes photographs.
Correspondents include Michael Schuck Bebb, Frederick V. Coville, Elias Durand, Alice
Eastwood, Gifford Pinchot, C. O. Thurston, Charles Frederick Millspaugh, Charles Sprague
Sargent, and J. H. B. Pilkington. There is also a large correspondence file on
California forest fires of 1899.
William Russel Dudley earned his bachelor's (1874) and master's (1876) degrees in botany
at Cornell University; after graduation he pursued botanical study in Strassburg and
Berlin. He taught at Cornell and Indiana University before joining the Stanford faculty
in 1892. Once at Stanford, his work focused on California flora, with a special interest
in the study of trees; he was instrumental in the establishment of the Big Basin
Redwoods State Park.
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