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 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).

208 pages: 41% transcribed, 13% needs review
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...

38 pages: 24% transcribed, 11% needs review
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.

3 pages: 0% transcribed, 100% needs review
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...

4 pages: 50% transcribed
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.

4 pages: 0% transcribed, 100% needs review
Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter of Madame Tesse. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter of Madame Tesse. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Unaddressed correspondence in French from a Madame Tesse regarding the procurement and shipment of seeds from France, possibly on behalf of Stephen Elliott.

3 pages: 33% transcribed, 67% needs review
Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter of William Swainson, 1825 February 10. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letter of William Swainson, 1825 February 10. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Unaddressed correspondence from English ornithologist William Swainson (1789-1855), dated February 10, 1825, containing a request for bird skins from America, for which he writes he will exchange British, Brazilian, or African skins. Swainson’s list is based on Alexander Wilson’s (1766-1813)...

2 pages: 50% transcribed, 50% needs review
Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letters from Henry Muhlenberg to Stephen Elliott, 1808-1810 March 30. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letters from Henry Muhlenberg to Stephen Elliott, 1808-1810 March 30. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Correspondence from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, botanist Henry Muhlenberg (1753-1815), dated from 1808 to March 30, 1810, concerning the classification and exchange of plant specimens with Elliott and other botanists, including John Lyon (1765-1814), Muhlenberg’s observations on different plant...

20 pages: 0% transcribed, 20% needs review
Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letters from Henry Muhlenberg to Stephen Elliott, 1810 July 2-1812 November 11. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letters from Henry Muhlenberg to Stephen Elliott, 1810 July 2-1812 November 11. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Correspondence from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, botanist Henry Muhlenberg (1753-1815), dated from July 2, 1810 to November 11, 1812, concerning the classification and exchange of plant specimens with Elliott, Muhlenberg’s observations on different plant specimens he received from Elliott, the study...

24 pages: 0% transcribed, 4% needs review
Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letters from Henry Muhlenberg to Stephen Elliott, 1812 December 1-1815. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letters from Henry Muhlenberg to Stephen Elliott, 1812 December 1-1815. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Correspondence from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, botanist Henry Muhlenberg (1753-1815), dated from December 1, 1812 to 1815, concerning the classification and exchange of plant specimens with Elliott, Muhlenberg’s observations on different plant specimens he received from Elliott, news regarding the...

24 pages: 17% transcribed, 17% needs review
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