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Carrie K. Sweetser (1863-1952) was a watercolorist, a life-long diarist, and her botanist husband's devoted travel companion. She was married for fifty-two years to Albert Raddin Sweetser (1861-1940), professor of botany and founder of the University of Oregon Herbarium in Eugene.
Carolyn Knowles Phinney was born in Centerville, Massachusetts, on September 11, 1863. She married Albert Sweetser in Centerville on February 29, 1888.
In 1897, the Sweetsers came to Oregon, where Albert's first teaching post was at Pacific University. He moved to the University of Oregon in 1902, and the couple remained in Eugene until their deaths.
On botanical exploring and collecting trips, the Sweetsers took many photographs, and Carrie painted wildflowers and fungi.
Albert Sweetser died in 1940; Carrie lived for another dozen years, passing away in Eugene September 9, 1952, at the age of eighty-nine. The couple had no children, but they are survived by the descendants of George Phinney, Carrie's nephew, whom they raised as their son.
The collection contains thirty-one large and oversize watercolor paintings of botany subjects, including wildflowers and fungi. The paper finding aid provides a listing of the paintings by title
[Identification of item], Carrie K. Sweetser, Coll 237, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
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