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Wendell H. Camp Papers

Identifier: 2006-0173

Scope and Content

The collection contains the correspondence, papers, essays, negatives and photographs associated with the research and instruction interests of Wendell H. Camp. Series II contains manuscript drafts and chapters of a book about his travels in Oaxaca, Mexico in the late 1930s.


  • undated, 1933-1954.


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Wendell H. Camp, born on February 22, 1904, in Dayton, Ohio, was a Professor of Botany and Head of the Botany Department at the University of Connecticut from 1953-1963. Camp earned his Bachelor of Science at Otterbein College in 1925 and his Master of Science in 1926 as well as his 1932 from Ohio University. Camp began his teaching career during his sophmore and junior years at Otterbein College where he was an assistant in Botany. During his senior year, Camp became an instructor of Geology. At Ohio University, Camp was an instructor in General Botany, Local Flora, and Plant Anatomy until he left in 1936 to join the staff of the New York Botanical Garden as Assistant Curator, where he eventually advanced to Associate Curator in 1946. In 1949, Camp moved on to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia where he took on the position of Curator of Experimental Botany and Horticulture and later became the Director of the Taylor Memorial Arboretum. While in New York and Philadelphia, Camp served on the graduate faculties of Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1953, Camp came to the University of Connecticut as Department Head and Professor of Botany. At the University of Connecticut, Camp taught Introductory Botany and advanced courses in Floristics, Systematics, and Economic Botany. On February 4, 1963, Dr. Wendell H. Camp died at his home in Storrs, Connecticut, after a prolonged battle with cancer. A detailed biography and list of accomplishments is available here.


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The collection contains manuscripts of articles, book chapters, photographs and negatives collected or authored by Dr. Camp for his research. Dr. Camp was a Professor of Botany and Chair of the Botany Department at the University of Connecticut from 1953 until his death in 1963.


The materials are arranged topically.

Series I: Biographical materials (undated, 1929-1941)

Series II: Correspondence and writings (undated, circa 1937-1954)

Series III: Photographic prints and negatives (undated, circa 1937)

Custodial History

The materials were found in a laboratory in the Torrey Life Sciences building (UConn, Storrs campus) in 2005.

Acquisition Information

This collection was transfered through a donation by Andrew Doran (Scientific Collections Manager, George S. Torrey Herbarium, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) in February 2006 to the University Archives.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to the University, its history, administration, faculty, staff and students. For detailed information about this collection please contact the curator or ask at the reference desk.

Wendell H. Camp Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
2010 January
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205
Storrs Connecticut 06269-1205 USA US