Finding aid to the Laura F. Kimball Papers, 1886-1914 LA.1993.1220.002

Finding aid prepared by Marie Myers
San Diego Natural History Museum Research Library
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

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

Box 361, Folder 1

Dukes, W. C. correspondence 1904-1909

Scope and Contents

Mostly letters from W. C. Dukes to Kimball (1904-1909); includes one response from Kimball to Dukes (1904).
Box 361, Folder 2

Maxon, W. R. correspondence 1899-1914

Scope and Contents

Mostly letters from W. R. Maxon to Kimball (1899-1914); includes six responses from Kimball 1908. Includes 1914 gift acknowledgement to Kimball from Smithsonian Institution National Museum for receipt of three ferns.
Box 361, Folder 3

Smith, R. J. correspondence 1904-1909

Scope and Contents

Letters from R. J. Smith to Kimball (1904-1909).
Box 361, Folder 4

Other correspondence 1899-1914

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include C. D. Beadle, M.A. Chrysler, D. C. Eaton, A. A. Eaton, L.O. Eaton, H. H. Tracy. Includes plant lists (1886- ).
Box 361, Folder 5 - OS

Cota material ca. 1908

Physical Description: 5 Leaves 16 in. x 11 in.

Scope and Contents

Five ledger sheets of plant list, entitled "Ferns, now belonging to Mr. F. M. Cota, 3846 Cherokee, San Diego, Calif." Collection information includes dates from 1879 to 1908. Includes reprint of "Further Notes on the Pteridophytes of San Diego County, California." F. M. Cota, American Fern Journal, Vo. 23, No. 3, July-September, 1933. Also includes biographical note about Florencio M. Cota (1899-1951).