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R. Gordon Wasson Letter to Lathrop S. Haskins

Identifier: SC 01222

Scope and Contents

Letter, 23 June 1958, of R. Gordon Wasson to Lathrop S. Haskins concerning "Oxford Dictionary of Quotations" and a quotation concerning "mushrooms" from John Ford.


  • 1958 June 23

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Biographical Information:

R. Gordon Wasson was an international banker, amateur mycologist, and author. He studied at the Columbia School of Journalism and at the London School of Economics.  In 1926 RGW married Valentina Pavlovna Guercken (TW), a pediatrician. On a delayed honeymoon in 1927 in the Catskill Mountains of New York, the Wassons' lifelong gathering of "references to mushrooms and toadstools in the folklore of the world" began.  Author of "Mushrooms, Russia and History."

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Acquisition Information:

Found in R. Gordon Wasson, "Mushrooms, Russia and History" (QK 617 W35).
Guide to the R. Gordon Wasson Letter to Lathrop S. Haskins
Finding Aid Authors: Anne Johnson.
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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