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Albert F. Blakeslee Papers

Identifier: 2011-0046

Scope and Content

The collection contains reprints of scholarly articles published by Albert F. Blakeslee. Also included are several journals with articles about Blakeslee, correspondence, calendars, travel diaries, as well as photographs and negatives associated with or documenting the career of noted scientist A. F. Blakeslee, professor at UConn 1907-1915.


  • undated, 1903-1955
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1950


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

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.


Albert Francis Blakeslee was born in Geneseo, New York, in 1874 the son of Francis Durbin Blakeslee and Augusta Miranda Hubbard Blakeslee. He attended East Greenwich Academy (RI) before entering Wesleyan University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1896. Before his employment at Harvard University as an teaching fellow of botany in 1900 and an instructor at Radcliffe College, Blakeslee taught science at the Montpelier Seminary (VT) and East Greenwich Academy (RI). He received his Ph.D. in 1904 from Harvard University and from 1904-1906 studied Mucors in Germany with a research grant from the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Returning from Germany, Blakeslee resumed his positions at Harvard and Radcliffe before relocating to Storrs, Connecticut, as professor of botany at Connecticut Agricultural College in 1907. Before his departure in 1915, Blakeslee title changed to include genetics due to his successful work with the Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station. In the fall of 1915, Blakeslee left C.A.C. to become an investigator of plant genetics at the Department of Genetics of the Carnegie Institute of Washington in its Cold Spring Harbor (Long Island) facility. At Cold Spring Harbor, Blakeslee continued his studies as well as serving as Assistant Director from 1923-1936 and Director from 1936 until his retirement in 1941.

After his retirement, Blakeslee accepted the appointment as the William Allan Neilson research Professor of Botany at Smith College in 1942. While at Smith, Blakeslee continued to be a leader in the profession as well as on campus, establishing the Smith College Genetics Experiment Station, publishing, teaching and supervising the graduate work of nine students.

Albert Blakeslee died November 16, 1954, in Northampton, Massachusetts.


1.8 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Materials about or published by noted scientist Albert F. Blakeslee, professor at the University of Connecticut from 1907 through 1915.

Custodial History

The materials in the collection were included in the collection of Amos G. Avery. Dr. Avery worked for Dr. Blakeslee for many years both at the Carnegie Institute facility at Cold Spring Harbor, New York, and at Smith College. Dr. Avery was responsible for closing down the facility after Blakeslee died.

Provenance and Acquisition

The collection was donated by Nancy Avery, daughter of Amos G. Avery and executor of his estate, in 2011.

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Albert F. Blakeslee Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
2011 December
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Repository Details

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

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