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Prepared by Cara Gilgenbach, September 2005; Updated February 2019; Last Updated: August 2020
Inclusive Dates: 1895-1955
Extent: .33 cubic foot (1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Biographical Note: 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.
Scope and Content: 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 and 1930s.
Folder -- Contents
The following folders contain correspondence written to Raymond C. Rush (arranged chronologically):