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Wasson, R. Gordon (1898-1986)

Wasson, R. Gordon (1898-1986)
Historical Note
R. Gordon Wasson was an international banker, amateur mycologist, and author. He studied at the Columbia School of Journalism and at the London School of Economics.  In 1926 RGW married Valentina Pavlovna Guercken (TW), a pediatrician. On a delayed honeymoon in 1927 in the Catskill Mountains of New York, the Wassons' lifelong gathering of "references to mushrooms and toadstools in the folklore of the world" began.  Author of "Mushrooms, Russia and History."

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Note Author
Anne Johnson.

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Records or Manuscript Collections
R. Gordon Wasson to Lathrop S. Haskins Letter, 1958