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The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography$
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Anna Botsford Comstock and Karen Penders St. Clair

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501716270

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501716270.001.0001

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The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography

Anna Botsford Comstock

, Karen Penders St. Clair
Cornell University Press

This chapter recounts Anna Botsford and John Henry Comstock's return to Ithaca, as well as Henry's return to entomology at Cornell University. Henry was given a new laboratory on the second floor of McGraw Hall. In November of 1881, the University raised the salaries of the assistant professors, which allowed the Comstocks to pay the mortgage of their house. It was about this time that Henry began seriously to write a textbook for use in his classes. In March of 1882, he made an address before a Teachers' Institute held in Ithaca, asking teachers to interest the children in their natural environment. Listening to this address inspired Anna to pursue nature study work.

Keywords:   Anna Botsford Comstock, John Henry Comstock, entomology, Cornell University, assistant professors, Teachers' Institute, natural environment, nature study

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