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Guide to the Merle C. Coulter Papers circa 1909-1919

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Descriptive Summary


Coulter, Merle C. Papers


circa 1909-1919


.5 linear feet (1 box)


Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Merle Crowe Coulter, plant geneticist, was educated at the University of Chicago (B.S. 1914; Ph.D. 1919) and went on to serve on the faculty of the Department of Botany. This collection contains notes from Coulter's education in botany, ecology and zoology at the University of Chicago. Also included are manuscript drafts of Coulter's fictional writing.

Information on Use


Open for research. No restrictions


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Coulter, Merle C. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Merle Crowe Coulter (1894-1958), was born in Lake Forest, Illinois. His father, John Merle Coulter, was a distinguished member of the faculty of the University of Chicago's Department of Botany. Merle C. Coulter followed a similar path, earning degrees from the university (B.S. 1914; Ph.D. 1919). He was appointed as an instructor in botany in 1921, and professor in 1931.

Coulter's research in plant genetics resulted in the publication of key texts such as The Story of The Plant Kingdom and Outline of Genetics. With his father, he co-authored Where Evolution and Religion Meet.

With a strong interest in college science education, he taught fundamental courses in plant genetics, and directed the organization of undergraduate courses in the biological sciences. His administrative roles included service as Dean of the College, Associate Dean of the Division of the Biological Sciences, and chairman of the College's biological sciences staff.

Scope Note

This collection contains notebooks and looseleaf notes documenting Coulter's education in botany, ecology and zoology at the University of Chicago. Included are Coulter's notes from lectures, field trips, and laboratory study. Also included are manuscript drafts of Coulter's fictional writing.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:


University of Chicago. Department of Botany. Records

John M. Coulter. Papers

Voth, Paul D. Papers

Subject Headings


Box 1    Folder 1

Qualitative analysis and special morphology of bryophytes, notes, circa 1909-1919

Box 1    Folder 2

Zoology and bryophytes, notes, circa 1909-1919

Box 1    Folder 3

Physiographic Ecology, notes, circa 1911-1919

Box 1    Folder 4

Botany 10, algae, notes, circa 1913-1919

Box 1    Folder 5

Botany 7, algae and fungi, notes, circa 1909-1914

Box 1    Folder 6

Fictional writings, manuscripts, undated