Harley Harris Bartlett Papers: 1909-1960
Summary Information
Title: Harley Harris Bartlett Papers
Creator: Bartlett, Harley Harris, 1886-1960
Inclusive dates: 1909-1960
Extent: 11 linear feet
Extent: 13 film reels (in 4)
Abstract:
Professor of botany and director of the Botanical Gardens at the University of Michigan. Correspondence, research notes, forty-nine volumes of diaries, and other papers relating to his professional career, including his botanical expeditions to South America and the Philippines and his interest in the Phoenix Project of the University of Michigan; also a history of the botany department of the University containing material on Mark W. Harrington, professor of astronomy and director of the University Observatory; and photographs.
Call number: Aa/2; 85701
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid prepared by: Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The bulk of the collection came to the library in 1961 from the Bartlett estate (donor no. 2008).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research. Original film restricted, DVD use copy available and streaming file available on request.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have not transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Alternate Format:

The 16mm films in the collection were digitized in 2009 as part of a library video preservation project. Preservation master beta tapes for all titles and high resolution digital files of some titles were created along with DVD and streaming files for all titles. The DVDs are available for use in the library. A selection of the streaming files may be available online at a given time, others can be mounted on request.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Harley Harris Bartlett Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Harley Harris Bartlett was born March 9, 1886 in Anaconda, Montana, and attended high school there and in Indianapolis. He graduated from Harvard in 1908 receiving his BA in chemistry. For the following six years he was associated with the Bureau of Plant Industry of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a chemical biologist.

He came to the University of Michigan in 1915 as acting assistant professor of botany Six years later he came professor, and from 1922 to 1947, he served as chairman of the department of botany. From 1922 to 1955 Bartlett was director of the Botanical Gardens. He retired from the University in July 1956.

During his years at the University, Bartlett had a particular interest in the botany of tropical countries and he conducted botanical explorations in Formosa, Sumatra, Mexico, British Honduras, Guatemala, the Philippines, Panama and South America. Much of his work in Central and South America was concerned with the research for sources of rubber there. From 1940 to 1944, he served as the principal botanist in government-sponsored rubber investigations in the Philippines, Haiti, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Mexico.

Bartlett died February 21, 1960.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection has been divided into the following series: Correspondence; Phoenix Project of the University of Michigan; Miscellaneous; Diaries; and Other Bound Records.

A significant portion of the collection is the diaries that Bartlett maintained from 1926 to 1960. Included are detailed diary entries for the period 1934-1935 when he was an exchange professor of botany at the University of the Philippines. While in the Philippines, Bartlett also compiled Philippine English vocabularies and a two-volume Sambali-English-Tagalog vocabulary.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Botany.
  • Philippines -- History -- 1898-1946.
  • South America.
  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • Botany.
  • Offices.
  • Philippines -- History -- 1946-1986.
  • Picnics.
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Bartlett, Harley Harris, 1886-1960.
  • Harrington, Mark Walrod, 1848-1926.
  • Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project.
  • United States. Office of Rubber Investigations.
  • University of Michigan. Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Botany.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Bartlett, Harley Harris, 1886-1960.
  • Hatcher, Harlan, 1898-1998.
  • University of Michigan. Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence undated, 1909-1960 [series]
Box   1  
Undated
Box   1  
1909
Box   1  
1911-1934 (27 folders)
Box   2  
1935-April 1940 (23 folders)
Box   3  
May 1940-August 1943 (20 folders)
Box   4  
September 1943-April 1953 (25 folders)
Box   5  
May 1953-1960 (19 folders)
 
Phoenix Project of the University of Michigan 1952-1954 [series]
Box   6  
Notebook November 1952
Box   6  
Notebook April 1953
Box   6  
Notebook November 1953
Box   6  
Notebook April 1954
Box   6  
Papers 1952
Box   6  
Papers 1953-1954
 
Miscellaneous [series]
Box   6  
Newspaper clippings 1922-1954
 
Philately
Box   6  
Correspondence 1947-1960
Box   6  
Articles undated
Box   6  
Papers 1947-1955
Box   6  
Miscellanea concerning Harley H. Bartlett 1908-1953
Box   6  
Papers concerning miscellaneous scientists 1931-1942
Box   6  
Papers concerning the Botany department and the University of Michigan 1921-1955
Box   6  
Papers concerning work for the Office of Rubber Investigations 1940-1943
Box   6  
Papers concerning botany and botanical organizations 1909-1958 (3 folders)
Box   6  
Photographs

Portraits; photographs of Bartlett doing botanical research in Haiti; photographs of Bartlett with friends in the Philippines, and at the Botanical Gardens; and contact sheet photographs of Bartlett in his study.

Box   7  
Essays concerning botanical subjects (6 folders)
Box   7  
Papers concerning work in the Philippine Islands 1935-1949 (2 folders)
Box   7  
Notebook containing references for bibliographical supplement to "Fire in Relation to Primitive Agriculture and Grazing in the Tropics"
Box   7  
Papers concerning Asa Gray Bulletin 1952-1956
Box   7  
Miscellanea (3 folders)
Box   7  
Papers concerning linguistics (summation) 1938-1950
Box   7  
Reprints
Box   8  
Appointment book 1922
 
Diaries 1926-1959 [series]
Box   8  
Diary 1926
Box   8  
Diary of trip to Far East 1926-1927
Box   8  
Diary 1927-1935 (9 volumes)
Box   8  
Philippine diary September 1935
Box   8  
Philippine diary November 1935
Box   8  
Philippine diary 1935
Box   8  
Diary 1937
Box   9  
Diary 1938-1941 (5 volumes)
Box   9  
Diary 1942 (2 volumes)
Box   9  
Diary 1943 (2 volumes)
Box   9  
Diary 1944
Box   9  
Diary 1945
Box   9  
Diary 1946
Box   10  
Diary 1947
Box   10  
Diary 1948
Box   10  
Diary 1949
Box   10  
Diary 1950
Box   10  
Diary 1951
Box   10  
Diary 1952
Box   10  
Diary 1953
Box   10  
Diary 1954
Box   10  
Diary of Washington-Florida trip 1954
Box   10  
Diary 1955
Box   10  
Diary 1956
Box   10  
Diary 1957
Box   11  
Diary 1958
Box   11  
Diary 1959
 
Other bound materials [series]
 
Harvard University student notebooks
Box   11  
Record of Ash and Soil Analysis
Box   11  
Mathematics V
Box   11  
Chemistry
Box   11  
Sambali-English-Tagalog vocabulary (2 volumes)
Box   11  
Philippine-English vocabularies (4 volumes)
Box   11  
History of the Botany Department of the University of Michigan circa 1951
Box   11  
Journal (in form of extended letter) concerning life and experiences in Sumatra 1918 (photocopy)
 
Motions Pictures [series]

The films consist of 13 original films compiled into four reels. The films are in part ethnographic in nature, showing a variety indigenous ceremonies and village activities and some shots Bartlett family members and friends.

 
Philippines Film No. 1 undated ([85701-1])
 
Original [Restricted] (16mm film, b/w, pos, silent, 00:15:55 @ 18 fps)
DVD Box   1  
Use Copy (DVD)
 
Streaming File: 85701-1 (flash flv)
 
Philippines Film No. 2 undated ([85701-2])
 
Original [Restricted] (16mm film, b/w, pos, silent, 00:14:22 @ 18 fps)
DVD Box   1  
Use Copy (DVD)
 
Streaming File: 85701-2 (flash flv)
 
Philippines Film No. 3 undated ([85701-3])
 
Original [Restricted] (16mm film, b/w, pos, silent, 00:10:28 @ 18 fps)
DVD Box   1  
Use Copy (DVD)
 
Streaming File: 85701-3 (flash flv)
  Cold Room  
Philippines Film No. 5 undated ([85701-5])
 
Original [Restricted] (16mm film, b/w, pos, silent, ca. 00:22:00 @ 18 fps)