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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library
    Title: Laura F. Kimball Papers
    Creator: Kimball, Laura Frances, 1856-1942
    Identifier/Call Number: LA.1993.1220.002
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1886-1914
    Abstract: The Laura F. Kimball Papers consist of correspondence among botanists and collectors of ferns, mostly in the period 1889 to 1914. Includes a small number of plant lists (earliest 1886).

    Content Description

    Four folders of correspondence regarding ferns between Kimball, botanists, and other collectors. Includes additional folder of material by fern collector F. M. Cota.

    Biographical / Historical

    Laura Frances Kimball was a fern collector in San Diego County, California. She was born on April 30, 1856 in New Hampshire and moved with her family to National City before 1870, where the family took up farming. National City was then a township in San Diego County, founded in 1868 by her uncles, Frank and Warren C. Kimball. Kimball collected ferns of San Diego County for the Biltmore Herbarium and supplied material to other collectors and institutions. She was known for her extensive fern collection which included 60 varieties from 14 states and the Hawaiian Islands. Kimball died on January 3, 1942 in National City.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment. Contact the Research Library Director, San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright may be reserved. Consult the San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library Director for more information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Laura F. Kimball Papers, 1886-1914. Research Library, San Diego Natural History Museum.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ferns -- California -- San Diego County
    Plant collectors
    Beadle, Chauncey D. (Chauncey Delos), 1866-1950
    Chrysler, Mintin Asbury, 1871-1963
    Cota, F. M. (Florencio Moisa), 1899-1951
    Dukes, W. C.
    Eaton, A. A. (Alvah Augustus), 1865-1908
    Eaton, Daniel Cady, 1834-1895
    Eaton, Lillian O., 1864-1936
    Kimball, Laura Frances, 1856-1942
    Maxon, William R. (William Ralph), 1877-1948
    Tracy, H. Harwood (Hiram Harwood), 1883-1978