File CHB - Bertha Chandler notebooks and thesis

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Bertha Chandler notebooks and thesis


  • 1905 - 1915 (Creation)

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1 box, 12cm

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Bertha Chandler (Mrs. C. Norman Kemp) was the first woman to obtain the degree of D.Sc. of Edinburgh University July 1915.

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  • Bertha Chandler's thesis, 1913, "The Theory and Practice of Vegetative Propagation in the Flowering Plants", illustrated by Bertha's drawings and photographs, and photographs by Robert Moyes Adam.
  • 4 notebooks; Botany, May 1905 - Bertha's University of Edinburgh lecture notes; Practical Botany sketch book, Winter 1907-08, drawings and notes; Hardy Shrubs, drawings, notes and literature references, plus numerous enclosure, including partial notes for a talk on plant luminescence; and 'Where is it?' - an indexed book containing an alphabetical list of plants experimented with for Callus formation and Propagation with numerical list at end of book.
  • Reprint - Utricularia emarginata by Chandler, Annals of Botany, vol. XXIV, No., XCV, July 1910, owned by Chandler.
  • 7 copies of Chandler's biography for the RBGE Guild journal.

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The location of these 'accruals' and where this information came from is currently unknown (LP June 2022)
Cutting from 'The Queen, the Ladies newspaper and Court Chronicle' dated 19 July 1915 "An Edinburgh Doctor of Science - Mrs C. Norman Kemp, M.A. D.Sc.
Cutting from 'Langport Herald' dated 12 July 1915 - Mrs C. Norman Kemp, first lady to receive D.Sc. Edin.
Note on the Cells containing raphides occurring in the pith of Mesembryanthemum Ecklonis, Salm Dyck’‘Note on the Cells containing raphides occurring in the pith of Mesembryanthemum Ecklonis, Salm Dyck’

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The box of Bertha Chandler archives was affected by the July 2021 flood and sent to Harwell to be dried. There is some minor water staining on the thesis and two of the notebooks.

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