[Smithsonian] Renowned Wood Enthusiast Archie Wilson

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Offered here are two items: Typed letter signed by Archie F. Wilson (1903-1960), a wood enthusiast who assembled a wonderful private wood collection, archived at the Smithsonian. In the letter, Wilson is seeking books on trees from I.C. Adams Jr., apparently a book dealer, of Columbia, Missouri. In an accompanying apparently related letter to Wilson's request, Luther M. Cornwall Company of New York is providing Adams with a list of available books on North American Fauna.

Wilson held managerial positions in the manufacturing industry, but devoted his free time to his avocation.

He was a research associate in woods at the Chicago Natural History Museum during the 1950s. He also served as editor, secretary, vice-president and president of the International Wood Collectors Society (IWCS).

Letter is on Interstate Machinery Co., Inc. stationary of Chicago, dated December 18, 1948, to Mr. I.C. Adams Jr. of Columbia, Missouri. In part: "For some time, I have been receiving (a) list of publications on birds from you, evidently from a mailing list of A.O.U. (American Ornithologists Union) members. I appreciate these and perhaps some day I might see some book I should like to have in my library but right now I am more interested in adding to my books on flora, particularly trees, than in ornithology. I presume that you also have lists on this subject alsoIf I do not see listed the ones I want, I'll send you a want list."

Letter has one paper clip mark. Else very good condition.

Accompanying typed letter signed by Milton Hirschman, 6 ¾" x 7 ¾", provides Adams with a list of available books

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