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Harvey B. and Ethel Weeter Lovell papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 2005_119-UA

Lantern slides, glass negatives, and book plates relating to Harvey Lovell's botanical research, along with research notes and other materials created by Harvey B. and Ethel Weeter Lovell. Materials related to Ethel's participation in the University of Louisville Rifle Club, including aterials include membership cards, used targets, a photograph of the Rifle Club members, newspaper clippings, and correspondence.


  • 1925-1961


Language of Materials

The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Louisville.


.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

Biographical / Historical

Harvey Bullfinch Lovell was born June 9, 1903, in Maine. He attended Bowdoin College (Maine), was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated cum laude with an A.B. in Biology in 1924. He then earned an A.M. (1927) and a Ph.D. (1933) in Biology, specializing in experimental embryology, from Harvard University. He began his teaching career at the high school level before attending graduate school, followed by serving as a teaching fellow at Harvard. He came to the University of Louisville in 1929 as an assistant professor. He earned tenure and a full professorship in 1949.

Ethel Weeter was born in Pennsylvania in 1908 and moved to Louisville in 1922. She earned bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville and began teaching in Missouri in 1928. The next year she returned to Louisville and began teaching in the public school system. In 1933 Harvey B. Lovell married Ethel Weeter; they had two children. She also continued teaching and earned a master's degree from the University of Louisville in 1961. Her thesis was entitled The Vascular Plants of the John A. Kleber Game Preserve and Songbird Sanctuary, Owen County, Kentucky.

Dr. Lovell suffered a stroke in 1959 which curtailed his teaching career, although he was kept on faculty status at half-time until his retirement in July 1968. He was the author or editor of five books and over seventy articles. He was 66 years old when he died on November 23, 1969. Mrs. Lovell, who co-authored some works with her husband, was named "Outstanding Biology Teacher" in Kentucky in 1966. She died January 17, 1970 at the age of 63.


Harvey B. and Ethel Weeter Lovell Papers
Processed by Katherine Burger Johnson.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752