This collection primarily consists of letters to Don B. Skinner (1899-1975) and his wife, Murray Skinner (1889-1976), from
botanists in California and Washington, D.C., predominantly reflecting their interest in cacti and succulents.
Don B. Skinner (1899-1975) was the recreational director for Los Angeles from 1933-1939. He
entered the Los Angeles City School District as a gardener in 1939 and then was
transferred to the Secondary Agriculture Department in 1947. Don, along with his
wife Murray (1889-1976), were founding members of The Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society.
Murray was also on the editorial staff of Desert the official
publication of the American Succulent Societies. An avid botanizer, Don spent a year
at the University of California, Berkeley working with H. M. (Harry Morton)
Butterfield (born 1887) on his botany research and was active in the research and
classification of cacti and succulents from all over the world.
96 pieces in 2 boxes.
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