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Harry W. Trudell

Harry William Trudell was born in Richmond, Virginia on May 2, 1879, the eldest son of Fredericka ("Ricky") and Herman ("Harry") Matthew Trudell, a wood-turner. His family moved to Philadelphia when he was 11 years old, and there he developed an intense passion for the natural sciences. His father worked in a chair factory, and Harry worked there as well in 1900, as a clerk.

Harry was among a group of young men in Philadelphia who, around 1910, began the study of mineralogy under the tutelage of mineralogist Edgar T. Wherry at the Wagner Free Institute. Others in the group included Samuel G. Gordon, John Frankenfield, William Knabe, Frederick Oldach and Morrell G. Biernbam (Baldwin). Trudell became an active member of the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society, serving as its President in 1917.

Trudell joined with Wherry and Gordon to found The American Mineralogist in 1916; he raised much of the necessary funding and served as the new journal's business manager until it could be taken over by the newly formed Mineralogical Society of America in 1920. He was well suited for the position, inasmuch as his day job by that time was an accountant and purchasing agent for the Vicki Kid Leather Company in Philadelphia; by 1918 he was working as a purchasing agent for the Robert H. Foerderer Company.

Harry Trudell was a veteran field collector throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and assembled a substantial mineral collection. In 1925 his friend Sam Gordon named the new mineral species trudellite in his honor (unfortunately it was later discredited as a mixture of chloraluminite and natroalunite). Trudell never married. He retired from his position as Secretary of the Foerderer Company in 1940, in order to travel and study botany, his other passion (a new species of fern. Asplenium trudellii, was named in his honor). Following his death in Abington on January 26, 1964, his collection of minerals and ferns was divided up and willed to the Franklin and Marshall Natural History Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, although many duplicates were also obtained by Paul Seel.

LININGER, J.L. (1997) The history of an obscure Pennsylvania rutile occurrence. Matrix, 5 (3), 118.
WHERRY, E. T., and SEEL, P. (1964) Memorial to Harry W. Trudell. Rocks & Minerals, 39 (7-8), 402-403.
ANON. (1964) [Obituary] Harry Trudell, collector of minerals and ferns, 84. New York Times.
World War I Draft Registration Carda, 1917-1918.
Encyclopedia of American Biography, new series, vol. 35.
U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925.
U.S. Federal Census, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920.
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The Mineralogical Record - Harry W. Trudell Harry Trudell,
ca. 1926
The Mineralogical Record - Harry W. Trudell 40 x 65 mm,
Label for a specimen acquired in 1938 from his friend Sam Gordon.
The Mineralogical Record - Harry W. Trudell More labels from Trudell's collection; all about 39 x 65 mm.
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