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.

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 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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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.

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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...

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Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letters from James MacBride to Stephen Elliott 1812 October 7-1814 March 8. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letters from James MacBride to Stephen Elliott 1812 October 7-1814 March 8. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Correspondence from physician and botanist James MacBride (1784-1817) of Princeville and Charleston, South Carolina, to Elliott, dated from October 7, 1812 to March 8, 1814. Topics include medicinal plants, including Vernonia angustifolia, which MacBride claims has cured syphilis in slaves;...

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Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letters from James MacBride to Stephen Elliott, 1814 April 4-1817, undated. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Letters from James MacBride to Stephen Elliott, 1814 April 4-1817, undated. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Correspondence from physician and botanist James MacBride (1784-1817) of Princeville and Charleston, South Carolina, to Elliott, dated April 4, 1814 to 1817, and undated. Topics include classification, collection, and exchange of plant specimens and a voyage with his family to the mountains,...

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Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Notes on plants and natural history. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Elliott, Stephen, 1771-1830. Stephen Elliott papers, 1791- approximately 1947. Notes on plants and natural history. gra00020. Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University.

Contains notes on Linnaean classes of plants, including Hexandria and Tetradynamia, and plant specimens; a manuscript, possibly by botanist James MacBride (1784-1817), describing plants local to swamps, pine barrens, sand hills, and other ecoregions; lists of Linnaean names of fishes and...

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

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

Contains undated lists of plants and trees “which would thrive in the mild climate of Charleston,” South Carolina, including cork trees, fig trees from Italy, and lemon and lime trees from Portugal; lists of genera and species under Linnaean classes of plants including Syngenesia, Dodecandria,...

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