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Robert Ballentine papers

Identifier: MS-0670

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection concerns Ballentine's research and teaching, with numerous recordings and copious notes planning his lectures, which are located in Series 2. There are also several lab notebooks regarding his research, which are located in Series 3. A limited amount of slides are also available in Series 5. There is also material concerning his work with orchid cultivation and judging, as well as his work with the Baltimore Minerological Society, which is located in Series 6.


  • Creation: 1942-1993


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

This collection contains student records, which are subject to FERPA restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Ballentine was born and raised in New Jersey. He obtained Masters and Doctoral degrees at Princeton University and taught at Columbia University from 1943 to 1948. He began teaching at Johns Hopkins University in 1949 and retired in 1979, although he continued teaching as a professor emeritus until the 1990s. He was active in several botanist groups during his lifetime and was an accredited judge of the American Orchid Society. He died on January 17, 1998.


22.01 Cubic Feet (17 record center cartons, 1 letter size document box, 2 letter half-size document boxes)

Language of Materials



The papers of Johns Hopkins University biology professor Robert Ballentine document much of his research and teaching and span the years 1942 to 1993.


The collection is divided into 7 series: Reprints, Teaching, Research, Writings, Audiovisual, Personal and Administrative, and Student Files (restricted)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mrs. Dorothy Balletine in 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Rosemary Spellman in 2012. The Ballentine papers recieved an overall collection record, but, at the time, detailed series information was not supplied. Additionally, folder titles were transcribed exactly as written by Ballentine including acronyms and abbreviations.


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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA