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Dr. Raymond C. Rush (1875-1954) was born in Kirtland, Ohio on August 8, 1875.
He graduated from the Cleveland Homeopathic Medical College where he earned
his M.D. He later received an honorary degree from the Ohio State University.
While recognized for his work as a physician, Rush gained wider prominence as
a naturalist. His interests included conchology, botany, and local geology,
among other things. According to a biographical note written by Ralph Dexter
in The Nautilus, Rush "was not a mere amateur collector, but a
serious student of zoology. He was well versed in scientific literature and
knew many of the leading naturalists, especially conchologists, either personally
or through correspondence" (vol. 68, no. 3, January 1955:103). One of Rush's
closest friends and colleagues was Dr. Victor Sterki of the Carnegie Museum
in Pittsburgh. Rush was a longtime resident of Hudson, Ohio, where in retirement
he established the Tamaracks Nursery which specialized in propagation and introduction
of evergreens and rare conifers. Rush donated his personal shell collection
of over 3500 species and a number of books from his personal scientific library
to Kent State University. He was a member of the American Microscopical Society,
the Ohio Academy of Science, and the American Association for the Advancement
of Science. He died at the age of 79 on June 23, 1954.
This collection contains miscellaneous papers of Raymond C. Rush. The largest
group of papers consists of correspondence written to Rush. The most common
topic found in these letters is discussion of the exchange, identification,
and collection of specimens of various plants and animals, especially mollusks.
The name of the correspondent and the place from which the letter was written
are included, if known. Also included in the collection are lists of specimens,
observation notes on plants and animals, and biographical information on Rush.
The materials date from 1895-1955, with the bulk of items dating from the 1920s
The following folders contain correspondence written to Raymond C. Rush (arranged chronologically):