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Roger B. Thompson Collection,

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0196

The bulk of this collection is made up of 129 ink sketches on the backs of index cards (most including the plant name) and full-page ink drawings showing the different species of Camellis plants. These materials also include notes concerning Thompson's drawings, correspondence from various magazine publishers about drawings that Thompson submitted to them, a collection of magazine articles and images created by Thompson, and three issues of Home Gardening including Thompson's work.

Dates

  • 1946-1950

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.3 Linear Feet

Abstract

The bulk of this collection is made up of 129 ink sketches on the backs of index cards (most including the plant name) and full-page ink drawings showing the different species of Camellis plants. These materials also include notes concerning Thompson's drawings, correspondence from various magazine publishers about drawings that Thompson submitted to them, a collection of magazine articles and images created by Thompson, and three issues of Home Gardening including Thompson's work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Roger Burton Thompson was born on 25 April 1904 in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He began his career in Ornamental Horticulture managing large estates and served as the Superintendent of the Childs Estate in New Hampshire (1934-1939), Superintendent of the Lupton Estate in Tennessee (1939-1944), and Superintendent of the McIlhenny Estate in Louisiana (1944-1947) before enrolling in Louisiana State University to study the subject formally. Here, he earned his BS in 1951 and his MS in 1952. He worked as an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma A&M before coming to the University of Tennessee as an Assistant Professor in 1953. Thompson was frequently called upon to advise on matters of campus landscaping and began working as the Campus Landscape Architect part-time in 1963. He stepped down from his professorial duties to concentrate solely on campus landscaping in 1965 and retired in 1972. Thompson died of cancer in Knoxville in March of 1978.

Arrangement

Collection consists of three folders.

Acquisition Note

Collection was donated to University Archives.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480