Lot #2032
George Washington Carver Autograph Letter Signed

Carver's studies of peanut vine disease

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Carver's studies of peanut vine disease

ALS signed “G. W. Carver,” one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute letterhead, June 28, 1931. Letter to Grady Porter, a researcher at a peanut processing plant in Columbus, Georgia. In part: "I think we will get the perfect form from the last bag of vines you brought. I have put them out in the open air where they can mature in a natural way. The perithecia are well developed, I found a few asci and some imperfect asci spores. So I think within a few weeks I will find perfectly developed spores. I am trying to develop the hearts…I am inclined to think that it is a bacterial disease. These may be related to a disease on cotton starks, which I am going to investigate as soon as I can get out in the field. I found three small pieces of cow pea vines in with the peanut vines you brought…the peanut and cow pea vine have the same trouble." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. By the time he wrote this letter, Carver had achieved widespread recognition for developing peanut products and bringing back the South's peanut industry after it had been devastated by insect infestation in the late 19th century.

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  • Auction Title: Science & Technology and Space Exploration
  • Dates: #588 - Ended July 16, 2020

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