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Henry S. Conard Papers



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Henry S. Conard Papers, 1930-2000 | Grinnell College Libraries Special Collections

By Joseph Besharse

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Collection Overview

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ID: MS/MS 01.28

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1980. More info below under Accruals.

Languages: English


Henry Conard was a professor of Botany at Grinnell College from 1906-1944.  He gained international recognition as a botanist and bryologist and was an early environmental activist.  His papers contain notes on native Iowa flora and are important for anyone interested in prairie reconstruction.  The Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) is named in his honor.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains some of Conard's correspondence and newspaper clippings of articles about him.  There are also typed manuscripts of some of his articles, as well as several journals to which he contributed articles.

Collection Historical Note

Dr. Conard (1874-1971) received the B.S. and M.A. degrees from Haverford College and received a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1901.  He was member of the Department of Biology at Grinnell College from 1906 to 1944.  He was a botanist, a bryologist, and an authority on bryophytes (especially the mosses) and waterlilies.

Administrative Information

Repository: Grinnell College Libraries Special Collections

Accruals: Later additions came from Biology Department at University of Northern Iowa, from the Science Building (via Ben Graham), and from Dr. Conard’s granddaughter Laura Bickers (via Jon Andelson).

Acquisition Source: Rebecca Conard French, Dr. Conard's daughter

Acquisition Method: Donation

Related Materials: Biographical information and more clipping are in the College Archives, 52/pC74.  Consult the Iowa Room card catalog for his publications.

Preferred Citation: Henry S. Conard papers, Grinnell College Libraries, Department of Special Collections, Grinnell, Iowa. Ms.01.28.

Other Note: For more information about the Conard Envinronmental Research Area, please visit its website at

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Essays, sermons, addresses (ca. 55).  Some dated in 1930’s, most undated.

Manuscript (holograph and typescript) of unidentified work or works.  3 folders, various pagings.

Honors and awards presented to Professor Conard.  1906-56.

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Clippings about Professor Conard.  ca. 1940-65.  1 folder.

Correspondence between Dr. Conard and Professor Martin L. Grant, State Teachers College, Cedar Falls (now University of Northern Iowa) were donated by the Department of Biology, University of Northern Iowa, Oct. 1990.  ca. 7 letters, 1957-61.

Retirement: Letters to Professor Conard at the time of his retirement, spring 1944.

37 letters, most to Dr. Conard, 1904-54.  Transferred from Archives at University of Iowa, found there in an unrelated collection of papers from their Botany Dept. 10-94

Letters, one presumed from Dr. Conard (1969?), one from his granddaughter Laura Bickers (2000), donated by Jon Andelson.

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[Items are from the Science Building, deposited by Ben Graham in November 1995] “Preliminary notes on a probable new species of Taenia from the common fowl,” Theses for A.M. degree, Haverford College, June 1895. (18 leaves).  Also a paper on the locomotion of a cestode embryo. (17 leaves).  Holograph in a notebook.

Plants of Iowa.  Corrections for the 1961 edition.

Vegetation of Iowa.  1965.  Typed manuscript with original photographs and maps.  Typescript.  Also typescript of a later version.

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A Check List of The Atracheata (Bryophyta) of Iowa.  Dec. 1943.  Booklets.

Letter from United States Department of Agriculture Scientific Assistant.  June 7, 1919.

Cooperrider, Tom S.  The Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Iowa.  V.XX N.1 Booklet with notes.

Desiderata for the Grinnell Local Herbarium.  Notes.

Herbarium Check List.  Plants of Central Iowa: Grinnell Flora.  3rd Edition.  Booklets.  2 copies.

Plants of Central Iowa: Grinnell Flora.  2nd Edition.  Booklets.  14 copies.

Plants of Central Iowa: Grinnell Flora.  5th Edition.  Booklets.  9 copies.

Reprints of Henry J. Conard’s work and miscellaneous.

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