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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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Chapter 15: 1908–1912, Cornell’s New Quarters for Entomology and Nature Study

Chapter 15: 1908–1912, Cornell’s New Quarters for Entomology and Nature Study

(p.323) Chapter XIV Chapter 15: 1908–1912, Cornell’s New Quarters for Entomology and Nature Study
The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography

Anna Botsford Comstock

, Karen Penders St. Clair
Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on Anna Botsford and John Henry Comstock's return to Ithaca on August 4, 1908. The Comstock's new official quarters in Roberts Hall at Cornell University were of great interest to them. At last, Henry had a large laboratory with ample windows, with no sashes to bring a bar across the field of the microscope. The insect collections were placed on the same floor as the lecture room, which is a great convenience. In contrast, Anna's experience was not so gratifying. The Nature Study Department was housed in the two west rooms on the fourth floor. The window in her room was so high that one could see out only when standing. Nevertheless, Anna had shelves for her books and a roll-top desk, which seemed a luxury. It was during the winter of 1909 that she conceived the idea of writing her Handbook of Nature Study. The chapter then looks at the expansion of the Comstock Publishing Company in December of 1909.

Keywords:   Anna Botsford Comstock, John Henry Comstock, Ithaca, Roberts Hall, Cornell University, Entomology Department, Nature Study Department, Comstock Publishing Company, Handbook of Nature Study

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