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|Size||8.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5,000 items)|
|Abstract||H. R. (Henry Roland) Totten was a professor of botany at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1913-1963; realtor; and Army Reserve officer who served in France during World War I and at Camp Blanding, Fla., during World War II. The papers include correspondence, orders, completed forms, memoranda, announcements and circulars for Totten's World War I, World War II, and army reserve service, along with information about the University military science curriculum and the Carolina Volunteer Training Program. During his long association with botanist William Chambers Coker, Totten became interested in the development of Coker's Chapel Hill, N.C., property. He eventually took over management of the sale of this land and joined the Chapel Hill Board of Realtors. There are detailed accounts of real estate transactions, correspondence concerning all phases of the development of the property, and surveys, land plots, and maps. Totten's University of North Carolina papers include correspondence, reports, mimeographed notices, memoranda, minutes, diagrams and plans, financial records, and publications related to his work in the Botany Department as a teacher, administrator, director of the arboretum and botanical gardens, his association with the Highlands (N.C.) Biological Station, and his co-authorship of Trees of the Southern States, Trees of the Mountains, and Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. Also included are reports on three of Totten's botanical projects, including a drug garden, propagation of mentha citrata, and mushroom culture, and a number of botanical photographs.|
|Creator||Totten, H. R. (Henry Roland), 1892-1974.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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H. R. (Henry Roland) Totten (1892-1974) was a professor of botany at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1913-1963; realtor; and Army Reserve officer. Totten was born in Matthews, N.C., to William Theophilus and Jeannette Barham Totten. He was educated at Yadkin Collegiate Institute, where his father was principal, and went on to earn multiple degrees in botany from the University of North Carolina. He taught at the University from 1913 to 1963. His primary interests and responsibilities were in field botany, pharmacology, and dendrology. He was closely associated with Dr. William Chambers Coker and co-authored Trees in North Carolina with him in 1916 and Trees of the Southeastern States in 1934. He was also instrumental in the development of the Botanical Garden and served on the Building and Grounds Committee.
Totten was an active member of the United States Army Reserves and took leave from the University to serve in World Wars I and II. During World War I he served with the American Expeditionary Force in France and was at Camp Blanding, Fla., during World War II.
Totten was also apparently involved in the breeding and showing of pedigreed dogs.
He was married to Adelaide "Addie" Williams of Stedman, N.C., in 1923.Back to Top
The papers include general and professional correspondence, military papers, and organizational records of H. R. Totten. General correspondence includes letters to and from botanical associates, many of whom were also personal friends, and from amateur botanists and admirers of his work. Among the most frequent correspondents are Dr. and Mrs. William Chambers Coker, Roland Harper, Lionel Melvin, and Thelma Howell. There are a few family items, cirriculum vita, and other related materials filed at the beginning of the papers.
There are correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, announcements, and publications related to the Highlands (N.C.) Biological Station with which Totten was associated throughout his career at the University, and similar but less extensive materials related to other scientific associations, especially the North Carolina Academy of Science, North Carolina Wildflower Preservation Society, and Association of Southeastern Biologists. The papers also include correspondence, plant lists and reports about three of Totten's botanical projects: a drug garden, propogation of mentha citrata, and mushroom culture. There are also a number of botanical photographs.
Papers related to Totten's military involvement include correspondence, orders, completed forms, memoranda, announcements and circulars along with information about the University of North Carolina military science curriculum and the Carolina Volunteer Training Program.
There are also papers related to the development of William Chambers Coker's Chapel Hill, N.C., property including detailed accounts of real estate transactions, correspondence concerning all phases of the development, and surveys, land plats, and maps.
Totten's University of North Carolina papers include correspondence, reports, mimeographed notices, memoranda, minutes, diagrams and plansBack to Top
Includes correspondence and other papers categorized by H. R. Totten into groupings by correspondent or subject. Also included is general biographical and professional information about H. R. Totten, material related to his education at Yadkin Collegiate Institute and to his time spent in France during World War I.
Includes correspondence related to H. R. Totten's involvement with pedigree dog breeding and showing.
See also Folder 199: Volume 16.
General correspondence includes letters to and from botanical associates, many of whom were personal friends of the Tottens, and from amateur botanists and admirers on botanical topics.
Includes photographs of people, buildings, plants and nature, plants with people, official occasions, and French scenes and postcards. Also included are labeled slides and negatives.
|Image Box IB-3843/1|
|Oversize Image Folder OP-PF-3843/1b|
See also Volumes 1-5, 8, 10-12, and 17.
See also Volume 15.
|Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-3843/1a-2a||
Includes maps, surveys, plans, and other items.
Contains miscellaneous military notes, including a record of Totten's military assignments, also enclosures.
Class notes for Army short courses in recruiting, mobilization, army botany, map reading and other subjects.
Primarily records of men tried for Absent Without Leave (AWOL) offenses.
Includes lists of men in various military police units.
Chiefly clippings, invitations, programs, and other ephemera, 1943-1945, related to Totten's service, first as post adjutant later as Director fo Individual Services, at Camp Blanding, Fla. Also includes letters of congratulation to Totten on his promotion to major in 1943 and other incoming correspondence. Also clippings, correspondence, and ephemera related to Totten's work with the Carolina Volunteer Training Corps, 1941-1942, and slight, scattered miscellaneous personal clippings, 1913-1943, mostly related to dogs.
Volume 15: Orange [County] Rent Advisory Board records, 1947-1951 #03843, Series: "7. Volumes" Folder 198
Includes minutes, correspondence, and government bulletins of the Orange [County] Rent Advisory Board of which Totten was chairman.
Bound volume of letters, 1963, written to and about Totten by his students, friends and professional colleagues on the occasion of his retirement after 50 years of service at the University of North Carolina.
Processed by: SHC Staff
Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, September 2009; Nancy Kaiser, January 2021
This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.Back to Top