Letter from Almiro Blumenschein to R. W. Richardson, Jr.
Blumenschein, one of the Latin American scholars trained by McClintock through the Rockefeller-funded program at the North
Carolina State College, requested funds to collect maize samples from northeast Brazil.
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1965-08-02 (August 2, 1965)
Richardson, R. W. Jr
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August 2, 1965.
Dear Dr. Richardson:
Within our program on cytology of corn we have planed some collecting or recollecting trips of maize. The first of these
trips which I am planning to carry out, is to the north-east of Brazil, from where we never got a good sampling of local varieties.
This is an important region for our purpose because it will certainly show a possible migration of maize races from the Antilhas
to the south of South America.
My plan is to take this trip by driving a station wagon along the Brazilian coast, starting at Piracicaba going until Sao
Luis at Maranhao State, stopping in Salvador, Bahia; Aracaju, Sergipe; Maceio, Alagoas; Recife, Pernambuco; Joao Pessoa, Paraiba;
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte; Fortalesa, Ceara, and Teresina, Piaui. From each of these points small lateral trips will be
We figured support for the following expenses will be necessary:
1. Expenses with gas, oil, etc. . . . US $400.00
2. Per diem expenses for 2 persons . . . US $700.00
3. Other expenses . . . US $100.00
TOTAL . . . US $1,200.00
I intend to use one of our station wagons and I have to take a person from our staff to help the driving and the collection
itself. I figured I will be able to carry out this trip in 40 days.
I could do this trip by airplane, and certainly save time. However, I would be tied to local people in getting transportation
to the places where the corn is found, and as I know our conditions, this could cause a lot of troubles and deficiencies.
As you know, Dr. Major M. Goodman is here with us under a post doctoral fellowship from N.S.F., working on corn. It would
be very interesting and helpful if he could go along with me in this trip. He would expend about US $350.00 in per diem expenses.
However his fellowship does not cover expenses for traveling within Brazil. I ask you about the possibility that the Rockefeller
Foundation could cover these expenses.
I understand that the support for my expenses can be taken from the US$ 50,000.00 grant that the Foundation gave to our Institute
for the international maize program. I do not know if Goodman's expenses could be taken from their grant also or if the
Foundation could give a special grant.