ALVIN (ALVAN) W. CHAPMAN: VISITS TO ROME,
FLOYD COUNTY, NORTHWEST GEORGIA, SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES


1886 photo of Alvan W. Chapman donation of Eliza F. Andrews.
(Photo was purchased from Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, State of Alabama)

"Flora of the Southern United States: Flowering Plants and Ferns" 2nd edition, 1884.

Alvin (Alvan) Wentworth Chapman (1809-1899) was a famous botanist, scientist, physician, and author from Apalachicola, Florida. In 1860 Chapman published the first of three editions of the "Flora of the Southern United States". Dr. Chapman’s botanical work had been recognized by scientific community both at home and in Europe.

Chapman was born at Southampton, Massacusets. He graduated from Amherst College and in 1831 he came to Savannah, Georgia. In 1833 he moved in Florida and in Florida he lived in Quincy, Marianna, and Apalachicola.

"Dr Alvan Wentworth Chapman 1909-1899. B.A. 1830. Studied medicine. Surgeon for 50 years. No training in Botany. Collected plants which he sent to Asa Gray - Torrey for identification. Recognized leader in Southern botany as Asa Gray was of the North. Retired from medical practice 1880 and devoted his time to botany. - Specimens at Edinburgh from N. Florida 1895, ex. Herb. A. Ruth."

---A note at Herbarium of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh Scotland, UK (Adele Smith, Assistant Curator, 2006.)

Chapman and his wife Mary used to spent summer in Rome, Georgia where they had some family, and he collected plants for his study of the southern flora. Dr. Chapman scarcely filled out the data on the labels of his collections, and it has been assumed that he collected plants in Floyd County, Georgia in the summers of 1872, 1882, and in 1890's.

"... and I remember Dr Chapman's venerable appearance when he used to walk down to Black's Bluff to find the earliest sweet shrubs . He must been between 75 and 80 then."

---John L. Harris, a Roman and a local historian from Rome, Georgia (November 3, 1956.,Calycanthus floridus L., Sweet Shrub)

...Communion with nature seemed to keep him (Dr. Chapman) always young, and at eighty he was buoyant and full of life as a school boy. His letters were charming from hopeful, healthy, happy spirit that breathed through them."

--- Text typed on the wooden plague of A.W Chapman's photo by Eliza Frances Andrews (1840-1931), a writer, a teacher, a botanist, and citizen of Rome in Georgia on May 10, 1911.

In his letter on October 5, 1893 in Apalachicola to Matthew Henry Hopkins, an amateur botanist of Lousiville, Georgia, Chapman wrote:

"… I saw at once from my large collections of duplicates I could render you some assistance in this regard. I have therefore selected a lot of species mostly from Florida, or from the vicinity of Rome, GA., where I tramped for three summers, and intend to ship to your address, as freight by the next boat."

A.W. Chapman's letter to Asa Gray (1882) by courtesy of the Botany Libraries, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

LIST OF PLANTS COLLECTED BY A.W. CHAPMAN IN THE FLOYD COUNTY (1872, 1881, & 1890's)

References:

1. Andrews, Eliza F. Information typed by E.F. Andrews on the back of the wooden plaque for the photograph; State of Alabama, Department of Archive and History, Montgomery, Alabama
2. Chapman, Alvin W. Letter to Matthew Henry Hopkinson October 5, 1893 in Apalachicola ; Apalachicola Municipal Library, Apalachicola, Florida
3. Harris, John L. Letter to Emma L. Lipps on November 03, 1956.
4. Lisa DeCesare, Head of Archives & Public Services at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, donated scan of Alvan W. Chapman's letter to Asa Gray (1882) on March 21, 2007.
5. Smith, Adele Personal interview. 15. March 2006. (Edinburgh Scotland, UK)
6. Warren, Shirley. Personal interview. 19. February, 2007. (Mukilteo, Washington)
7. Norwood A. Kerr, Research Archivist, Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, State of Alabama. Letter on July 30, 2007.
8. Image by Zvezdana Ukropina-Crawford. September 11, 2006.

Last updated on January 27, 2017.

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BOTANICAL COLLECTIONS (1540-1913)

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