Carl William Sharsmith Papers, 1937-1939

Overview of the Collection

Sharsmith, Carl, 1903-1994
Carl William Sharsmith Papers
1937-1939 (inclusive)
0.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 Box)
Collection Number
Cage 113 (collection)
Carl William Sharsmith's papers consist of his correspondence, mostly relative to work at the Washington State University herbarium, and his lists of the botanical specimens he collected while at Washington State University.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Carl William Sharsmith was born in New York, New York in 1903. He studied botany at the University of California in the 1930s and received the Ph.D. in 1940. He held a position combining duties as herbarium curator and botany instructor at Washington State University from 1937 to 1939. From 1940 to 1946 he was with the University of Minnesota, and from 1950 onward at San Jose State College. His principal interest was in alpine vegetation.

Sharsmith's years at Washington State proved to be a frustrating time. He found himself required to teach many classes, while also attempting to complete a doctoral dissertation and administer a herbarium with a large backlog of work. He inadvertently became involved in a quarrel with the university administration when the University President cancelled planned field trips. He also felt a sense of isolation at Pullman, where he was far from the alpine vegetation which held his major interest. Moreover, the lack of cultural opportunities, especially performances of serious music, added to this feeling of isolation. After two years he left this position. Ironically, many of the problems which had vexed him, and which had also prompted his immediate predecessors to leave Washington State, were then alleviated by changes in the policies regarding research, teaching, and administration of the herbarium.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Sharsmith's papers consist of his correspondence, mostly relative to work at the university herbarium, and his lists of the botanical specimens he collected while at Washington State University.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Carl William Sharsmith Papers, 1937-1939 (Cage 113)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The correspondence is arranged in a chronological sequence, with the botanical collection lists in a separate folder. An index to the correspondents has been compiled.

Acquisition Information

The papers were transferred to the Washington State University Library in 1975 from the W.S.U. Ownbey Herbarium.

Processing Note

This collection was arranged and indexed by Robert Catale in February 1976 and further description was added by Lawrence Stark in June 1976.

Index To Correspondents

Correspondent Folders
Alm, Carl G. 3
Adams, Ed 1,3
Allen, Jessie M. 1,3
Andres, Heinrich 2
Artman, C.E. 3
Arwidsson, Th. 3
Bacigalupi, Rimo 2,3
Ball, Carleton R. 1
Barkely, Fred A. 2,3
Barnard, Frank T. 1
Beath, O.R. 1
Benjamin, Curtis G. 2
Benson, Lyman 1,2,3
Betka, R.G. 2
Binns, John H. 3
Blake, Sidney F. 1,2,3
Bokforlags Aktiebolaget Thule 2
Boner, Luana 3
Bonestell and Co. 2
Brewrink, Captain P. 1,2,3
Bright, John 1,2,3
Caldwell, E.J. 3
Carter, Annetta 2
Chase, Agnes 1,2
Coleman, Edith A. 3
Constance, Lincoln 1,2,3
Daubenmire, Rexford F. 2,3
Davies, Una 3
Davis, Ray J. 2,3
Detling, Leroy E. 1,3
Epling, Carl C. 1,2,3
Ewan, Joseph 2,3
Eyerdam, Walter J. 2
Fassett, Norman C. 2
Freese, Carl R. 3
Ferris, Roxana S. 3
Fiker, Charles 2,3
Freeman, O.W. 2
Gierisch, Ralph K. 2
Gleason, H.A. 3
Gould, Frank W. 3
Green, W.J. 2,3
Greenman, J.M. 2,3
Hamblen, Frances G. 2,3
Harwell, C.A. 2
Hassler, Mildred 2,3
Helgeson, E.A. 2
Hermann, F.J. 2,3
Hermann, Elizabeth McKay 2
Hitchcock, C. Leo 1,2,3
Hoagland, Henry V. 2
Hoffman, W.V. 2
Holland, Ernest O. 2,add.
Hoover, Robert F. 3
Howell, John Thomas 1,2,3
Hysslop, G. 2
Jeffers, D.S. 3
Johnson, A.M. 2,3
Johnston, Ivan M. 2
Keck, David D. 2
Killip, E.P. 3
Klastersky, Ivan 2,3
Kulin, Arthur 3
Lemmon, Paul E. 2,3
Leonard, Lewis Y. 3
Levan, Albert 3
Lewis, C. 1
Lewis, Clarence McK. 1
Looff, Ethel H. 2
Maguire, Bassett 2,3
Marie-Victorin, Frere 1,2,3
Mason, Herbert L. 1,2,3
Mathias, Mildred see Hassler, Mildred
Maxon, W.R. 2,3
Merriam, W.B. 2
Merrill, George M. 3
Morrison, B.Y. 2
Moss, E.H. 3
Muencher, W.C. 2,3
Munz, Phillip H. 2,3
Nail, Jack R. 1
Nelson, Aven 2,3
Otis, Jean 3
Ownbey, Marion 1,2,3
Peck, Morton E. 1,2,3
Pennell, Francis W. 2,3
Pool, Raymond J. 3
Reed, Merton J. 3
Rossbach, George B. 2,3
Rouleau, Ernest 2,3
Samuelsson, G. 2,3
St. John, Harold 2
Scheffer, Theodore H. 2,3
Simmons, Jennie 2
Slipp, A.W. 1
Sloanaker, J.L. 2,3
Smith, Charles Piper 2,3
Smith, Harold 2
Smith, L.B. 3
Spencer Lens Co. 2
Stacey, J.W. 2
Stebbins, G. Ledyard Jr. 1,2
Strechert (G.E.) and Co. 3
Tees, Grace M. 2
Thompson, J.W. add.
Todd, C.C. add.
Townsend, Edward C. 1
Travis, Mildred T. 3
Weatherby, Charles A. 2,3
Weigle, W.G. 1,2
Wiegand, Kenneth M. 1,2
Weldert, Virginia 3
Westmore, Hal G. 3
Wherry, Edgar T. 2
Wilson, Carrie 3
Wittrock, G.L. 3
Wolf, C.B. 3

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
40 items
1 2
175 items
1 3
140 items

Lists of SpecimensReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 4
Lists of Specimens Collected, 1937-1939
13 pages

Additional material received Aug. 29, 1982Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 Addendum
Correspondence with C.C. Todd and E.O. Holland, 1939
3 items
1 Addendum
Correspondence with J.W. Thompson, 1938
9 items

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Botanists -- Washington (State) -- Correspondence
  • Botany -- Research -- Northwest, Pacific

Personal Names

  • Sharsmith, Carl William, 1903-1994 -- Archives

Corporate Names

  • Marion Ownbey Herbarium
  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Ball, Carleton R. (Carleton Roy), 1873-1958 (creator)
    • Constance, Lincoln, 1909-2001 (creator)
    • Hitchcock, C. Leo (Charles Leo), 1902-1986 (creator)
    • Howell, John Thomas, 1903-1994 (creator)
    • Johnson, Arthur Monrad, 1878- (creator)
    • Ownbey, Marion, 1910-1974 (creator)
    • Smith, Charles Piper, 1877- (creator)