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The Art Department has 365 ink drawings by Harry Ardell Allard, which seem to be associated with the flora of Virginia and West Virginia about which he wrote some 55 of his 254 papers.

 Allard (1880–1963) was born in Oxford, Massachusetts. He graduated with a B.S. in botany and geology from the University of North Carolina in 1905. In 1906 he began his 40-year career at the United States Department of Agriculture, retiring in 1946. He is also known for his co-discovery with Dr. W. W. Garner (1875–1956) of photoperiodism, his fundamental work on tobacco mosaic and plant breeding, his collections of lichens and flowering plants and his pioneer observations on the stridulation of insects.

The Allard images are in the public domain and can be downloaded from the Catalogue of the Botanical Art Collection at the Hunt Institute: Digital Public Domain Images database. To locate these images in the database, search on the artist's last name. When using these images, please include the following credit statement: Courtesy of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Other resources

For thumbnails of the Allard images, see the Catalogue of the Botanical Art Collection at the Hunt Institute database.

For information about portraits of and biographical citations for the artist, see the Hunt Institute Archives Register of Botanical Biography and Iconography database.

A bibliography of Allard's papers is included in Ashley B. Gurney's "Harry A. Allard, Naturalist" in the Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club (1964, vol. 91, no. 2, pp. 151–164). According to Gurney, Allard also sent 21 boxes of biographical material to the University of North Carolina Library in 1953.

Harry Ardell Allard (1880–1963), unknown location, ca.1955, 25 × 20 cm, photograph by Walter H. Hodge, HI Archives portrait no. 1.

Selected Artworks

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