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Ref No PEA
Collection Title Arthur Pearson Papers
Title Arthur Pearson Papers
Description This collection contains letters written to Pearson and two of his mycological notebooks. It also contains letters written to W. D. Buckley
Creator Name Pearson, Arthur Anselm (1874-1954)
Date 5 Nov 1901-3 Jul 1954
Level Collection
Extent 1 box and 4 volumes, 0.6 metres
Administrative History Arthur Anselm Pearson, mycologist, was born on 12 Apr 1874 in London and attended school in Belgium. At the age of 15 he commenced his employment at British Belting and Asbestos Limited, rising to the positions of secretary, director, joint managing director and chairman throughout his career. Despite an early interest in flowering plants, Price became a keen field mycologist and collector and an authority on Agaricales. In 1903 he married Ellen Cusack, and the couple had five children. In 1911 Price joined the British Mycological Society, for which he served as treasurer between 1919 and 1946 and as President in 1931 and 1952. He was made an honorary member of the society in 1946, the same year in which he became President of the Yorkshire Naturalists Union. He became a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1917 and served on their council between 1944 and 1948. During the Second World War he worked on a project organised by Oxford University with E. W. Swanton to collect and identify fungi in a search for antibiotics, and in 1948 he participated in a study of Agaricales in South Africa at the University of Cape Town. Price also served on the management committee of Haslemere Educational Museum and was president of the committee in 1951. This collection also contains papers of W. D. Buckley (fl. 1920-), a mycologist who lived in Slough, Buckinghamshire who was involved with Slough British Mycological Society. He named a disco (fungus) genus Ramsbottomia in 1923. Pearson and Buckley appear to have know each other well as they corresponded with each other throughout the twenties and thirties and Pearson addresses Buckley as "My dear Buckley" in his letters
Custodial History There are references in the archive's records to Pearson's manuscripts being donated to Kew in June and August 1954, but it is unclear whether this means that the whole collection or only certain items within it were donated at this time. It is also unclear why Buckley's letters make up part of this collection. It is possible that they were passed on to Pearson either before or after Buckley's death, possibly in Pearson's capacity as President of the British Mycological Society, and that the papers were then jointly donated to Kew shortly after Pearson's death
Series PEA/1 Letters to A. A. Pearson
PEA/2 Notebooks
PEA/3 Letters to W. D. Buckley
Arrangement This collection has been split in to three series by archives staff. The first two series contain papers of A. A. Pearson and the final series contains papers of W. D. Buckley. PEA/1 contains four volumes of letters written to A. A. Pearson. PEA/2 contains two of his mycology notebooks. PEA/3 contains papers (primarily correspondence) of W. D. Buckley
Language English, French, German, Latin
Physical Description Typescripts, manuscript papers
Related Material 1/Herb/6
Directors' Correspondence (DC) vol. 98, folio 105
Letters to W. T. Thiselton-Dyer vol. 3, f. 111
E. M. Wakefield - Miscellaneous Letters and Fungi Photographs
A. H. R. Buller - Miscellaneous Correspondence 1921-1940, f. 8
Miscellaneous Reports (MR) Trinidad - Botanic Garden 1872-1905, f. 268
MR/294 Ceylon - Forests. Misc., Correspondence, Reports etc. 1873-1900, f. 87
MR/663 Jamaica - Botanic Gardens 1856-1903, f. 131-135
MR/664 Jamaica - Botanical Department 1881-1905, f. 72-73
MR/666 Jamaica - Cultural Products 1848-1904, G-P f. 222, 227, 228
MR/688 Barbados - Agriculture. Cultural Products etc. 1884-1905, f. 191
MR/630 Bermuda - Agriculture. Botanic Station 1873-1906, f. 72
Subject Fungi
Show related Persons records.
Code PersonName Dates
DS/UK/110 Pearson; Arthur Anselm (12 Apr 1874-13 Mar 1954); Mr 12 Apr 1874-13 Mar 1954
DS/UK/111 Buckley; W. D. (fl. 1920) fl. 1920
DS/UK/115 Registered Charity (No 276503) British Mycological Society; 19 Sep 1896- 19 Sep 1896-
Code Set
NA55 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland/Europe
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