Colonial North America: Botany Libraries, Archives of the Gray Herbarium

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The collection from the Botany Libraries, Archives of the Gray Herbarium, includes

  • Manasseh Cutler papers, consisting of notebooks of observations of plants, notebooks of extracts from books and letters, dated from 1782 to 1808, and a small group of loose materials, which includes material created in 1856 after Cutler's death.
  • Stephen Elliott papers, consisting of manuscripts and research notes, some in Elliott's hand and some in other hands; subscription forms for his A sketch of the botany of South-Carolina and Georgia; and correspondence, mostly to Elliott from fellow botanists, dated from 1791 to 1829.

Colonial North America at Harvard Library provides access to remarkable and wide-ranging materials digitized as part of an ongoing, multi-year project. When complete, the project will make available to the world approximately 650,000 digitized pages of all known archival and manuscript materials in the Harvard Library that relate to 17th- and 18th-century North America. Each item is connected to countless stories—of lives lived quietly and extravagantly, of encounters peaceful and volatile, and of places near and far – providing an opportunity to travel back in time, to rethink familiar stories, and to discover new ones.

Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823. Manasseh Cutler papers, 1782-1856. Book II. gra00062. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823. Manasseh Cutler papers, 1782-1856. Book II. gra00062. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Contains an alphabetical "Catalogue of Plants from Doctors Linnous [sic] and Hill," referring to Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) and Sir John Hill (1714?-1775), as well as Manasseh Cutler's descriptions of plants in 1783, numbered 100-140, including Indian cucumber (Medeola), pigeon berry (possibly...

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Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823. Manasseh Cutler papers, 1782-1856. Book VII. gra00062. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823. Manasseh Cutler papers, 1782-1856. Book VII. gra00062. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Contains descriptions of plants, and locations where Manasseh Cutler found them, "in part for the years" 1786-1789. Entries are unnumbered and include of species of Holosteum (pages 17-20) and Solidago (pages 40-43), as well as Caltha palustris (page 80), Ranunculus acris (page 92), and black...

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Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823. Manasseh Cutler papers, 1782-1856. Book XII Descriptions and Notes on American indigenous plants by Manasseh Cutler. gra00062. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823. Manasseh Cutler papers, 1782-1856. Book XII Descriptions and Notes on American indigenous plants by Manasseh Cutler. gra00062. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Contains unnumbered descriptions of plants, and locations where Manasseh Cutler found them, from 1796 to 1799, including Hydrocotyle umbellata (page 1), Solidago altissima (page 4), and several species of Amaranthus, or Amaranth (pages 47-51), Capraria (pages 56-59, 101-102), and Viburnum (pages...

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Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823. Manasseh Cutler papers, 1782-1856. Book XIII Descriptions and Notes on American indigenous plants by Manasseh Cutler. gra00062. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823. Manasseh Cutler papers, 1782-1856. Book XIII Descriptions and Notes on American indigenous plants by Manasseh Cutler. gra00062. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Contains unnumbered descriptions of plants, and locations where Manasseh Cutler found them, from 1799 to 1804, including foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis, page 5), melic grass (Melica altissima, page 35), knapweed (Centaurea nigra, page 99), and dogwood (Cornus sanguinea, page 185).

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Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Broadsides, lists, and bills, approximately 1814-1829. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Broadsides, lists, and bills, approximately 1814-1829. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Contains an undated broadside regarding the formation of the Literary and Philosophical Society of South Carolina in 1814; undated fragments and lists of books, medical texts, scientists, authors, and political figures; and lists of books and invoices, including an undated manuscript list of...

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Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter from André Thouin to Stephen Elliott, 1818 July 5. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter from André Thouin to Stephen Elliott, 1818 July 5. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Correspondence in French from botanist André Thouin (1746-1824), chair of horticulture at Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris, to Elliott, dated July 5, 1818, regarding the exchange of plant specimens.

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Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter from Friedrich Boie to Stephen Elliott, 1818 September 28. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter from Friedrich Boie to Stephen Elliott, 1818 September 28. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Correspondence from German entomologist and ornithologist Friedrich Boie (1789-1870) to Elliott in German, dated September 28, 1818. Included is a contemporary manuscript translation of the letter, which mentions Boie’s Scandinavian travels to research birds, his interest in receiving American...

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Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter from Nicholas Herbemont to Stephen Elliott, 1817 May 20. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter from Nicholas Herbemont to Stephen Elliott, 1817 May 20. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Correspondence from French-American vintner Nicholas Herbemont (1771-1839), of Columbia, South Carolina, dated May 20, 1817, concerning additional subscribers to Elliott’s A sketch of the botany of South-Carolina and Georgia, and a sample of cordate leaf he intended to send to Elliott.

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Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter from Thomas Say to Stephen Elliott, 1822 August 18. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter from Thomas Say to Stephen Elliott, 1822 August 18. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Correspondence from entomologist and conchologist Thomas Say (1787-1834), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dated August 18, 1822, regarding a box of shells Elliott had sent him, the content of which Say identifies in his letter. Say also includes a list of shells he is sending to Elliott.

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Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter from W.C. Stueve to Stephen Elliott, 1817 October 20. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter from W.C. Stueve to Stephen Elliott, 1817 October 20. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Correspondence in German from W.C. Stueve in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Elliott, dated October 20, 1817, accompanied by a list of European plant names.

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