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Collection of William Marbury Carpenter materials

Identifier: SC-Cent. Misc. Mss. 207

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of material about William Marbury Carpenter (1811-1848). It includes a photocopy facsimile of a botanical specimen collected by Carpenter in Saint Helena Parish, Louisiana, in 1842; original specimen is located at the United States National Herbarium. Also includes a photocopy facsimile of the journal article: R. S. Cocks, “William M. Carpenter, A Pioneer Scientist of Louisiana,” Tulane Graduates’ Magazine 3 (1914): 122-127.


  • 1842 - 1914


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

William Marbury Carpenter (1811-1848), the son of James Carpenter and Ann Marbury Carpenter, was born and raised in Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. He attended the United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.), but resigned because of ill health. From 1837 to 1842, Carpenter served as professor of chemistry, geology, and natural history at the College of Louisiana (Jackson, La.). In 1842, he joined the faculty at the Medical College of Louisiana (New Orleans, La.), where he served as professor of material medica as well as dean of the college (1845-1846). From 1846 to 1848, he was editor of the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal.


1 Folders

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Michael H. MacRoberts on 1988 June 1.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original botanical specimen in the collection of Sarracenia purpurea L., (Sarraceniaceae), US catalog no. 782242, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Finding Aid to the Collection of William Marbury Carpenter materials
Chris Brown
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Repository Details

Part of the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections Repository

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