Guide to the John Henry and Anna Botsford Comstock Papers,
1833-1955

Collection Number: 21-23-25

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3530
Fax: (607) 255-9524
rareref@cornell.edu
http://rmc.library.cornell.edu
Compiled by:
RMC Staff
Date completed:
1989
EAD encoding:
Evan Fay Earle, July 2007

© 2007 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
John Henry and Anna Botsford Comstock papers, 1833-1955, 1874-1931 (bulk)
Collection Number:
21-23-25
Creator:
Anna Botsford, Comstock 1854-1930.
Quantity:
5.8 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, Diaries, Manuscripts, Photographs, Printed Materials, Publications, Research Materials
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Includes personal correspondence of Anna Botsford and Henry John (later John Henry) Comstock, 1859-1923; professional correspondence (1878-1926) documenting John Henry Comstock's influence in the development of entomology departments in colleges throughout the United States; publications by or about the Comstocks; lecture and field notes; certificates and awards; typescript draft of an autobiography by Anna Comstock, published posthumously as THE COMSTOCKS OF CORNELL: JOHN HENRY AND ANNA BOTSFORD COMSTOCK edited by Glenn W. Herrick and Ruby Green Smith, 1953; Botsford and Comstock family photographs; Anna Botsford diaries (1870-71, 1874-75) and poem; a scrapbook relating to the Botsford family, Phebe Irish Botsford, and Anna Botsford Comstock; materials concerning wood engraving; photographs and sketches (pen and ink and pencil) of insects by Anna Comstock used in Comstock Press publications; glass lantern slides used in Anna Comstock's nature study classes; wood block; engraving tools; and wood engravings of plants, insects, and nature scenes by Anna Botsford Comstock.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

John Henry Comstock was a professor of entomology at Cornell University. Anna Botsford Comstock was a professor of nature studies and a wood engraver specializing in scientific illustration.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Includes personal correspondence of Anna Botsford and Henry John (later John Henry) Comstock, 1859-1923; professional correspondence (1878-1926) documenting John Henry Comstock's influence in the development of entomology departments in colleges throughout the United States; publications by or about the Comstocks; lecture and field notes; certificates and awards; typescript draft of an autobiography by Anna Comstock, published posthumously as THE COMSTOCKS OF CORNELL: JOHN HENRY AND ANNA BOTSFORD COMSTOCK edited by Glenn W. Herrick and Ruby Green Smith, 1953; Botsford and Comstock family photographs; Anna Botsford diaries (1870-71, 1874-75) and poem; a scrapbook relating to the Botsford family, Phebe Irish Botsford, and Anna Botsford Comstock; materials concerning wood engraving; photographs and sketches (pen and ink and pencil) of insects by Anna Comstock used in Comstock Press publications; glass lantern slides used in Anna Comstock's nature study classes; wood block; engraving tools; and wood engravings of plants, insects, and nature scenes by Anna Botsford Comstock.
NATURE SONGS AND STORIES, by Katherine Creighton, illustrated by Anna Comstock, Comstock Publishing Company, 1914, autographed by Creighton and Comstock.
Woodcuts and drawings by others, presented to the Comstocks.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Comstock, Anna Botsford,1854-1930.
Botsford family.
Botsford, Phebe Irish.
Comstock family.
Comstock, Anna Botsford, 1854-1930.
Comstock, John Henry, 1849-1931.
Creighton, Katherine.
Herrick, Glenn Washington, 1870-1965.
Cornell University--Faculty.

Subjects:
Biological illustration.
Entomology--Study and teaching.
Insects.
Nature--Study and teaching.
Scientific illustration.
Zoology.
College teachers.
Entomologists.
Naturalists.
Women artists.
Women naturalists.

Form and Genre Terms:
Autobiographies.
Drawings.
Genealogies.
Lantern slides.
Lecture notes.
Photograghs
Poems.
Syllabi.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
John Henry and Anna Botsford Comstock papers, #21-23-25. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

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