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Papers of Asa Gray, 1830-1953 (inclusive), 1830-1888 (bulk)
Gray, Asa, 1810-1888, creator
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Botany Gray Herbarium

Networked Resource
ca. 12.5 linear ft.
mixed material

Bentham, George , 1800-1884 ;  Canby, William Marriott , 1831-1904 ;  Candolle, Alphonse de , 1806-1893 ;  Darwin, Charles , 1809-1882 ;  Drayton, Joseph ;  Eaton, Daniel Cady , 1834-1895 ;  Englemann, George , 1809-1884 ;  Fry, Edward , Sir , 1827-1918 ;  Gray, Asa , 1810-1888 ;  Gray, Alice ;  Gray, Elsada ;  Gray, Jane Loring , 1821-1909 ;  Greene, Benjamin Daniel ;  Henry, Joseph , 1797-1878 ;  Hooker, Joseph Dalton , Sir , 1817-1911 ;  Howland, Joseph Emery , 1918- ;  Jackson, Charles L ;  Jackson, Susan Mary Loring ;  Redfield, John Howard , 1815-1895 ;  Robinson, Benjamin Lincoln , 1864-1935 ;  Sprague, Isaac , 1811-1895 ;  Harvard University. , Gray Herbarium. ;  Lowell Institute. ;  United States Exploring Expedition (1838-1842)

Botany (General works)

United States South Seas Exploring Expedition (a.k.a. the Wilkes Expedition), 1838-1842

Manuscripts and records

Gray, Asa, 1810-1888

The distinction between the two groups of papers reflects both their provenance and the way the materials have been maintained by the Gray Herbarium over the years. "Manuscript case" materials comprise mostly Gray's writings, and originally were probably a part of the Herbarium's office files. "Green box" materials are largely personal in nature, including correspondence of Jane Loring Gray and were assembled and donated to the Herbarium by her. Related material from other donors, such as Walter Deane, have also been included in this collection. The manuscript collection contains drafts of works both published and unpublished which Gray wrote for scientific and general audiences; reviews by Gray; notes for Harvard, Lowell Institute and various club lectures; account books, 1838-1891, for personal accounts and accounts with the Herbarium; and certificates, degrees and awards. "Green box" materials contain biobraphical information such as an autobiographical manuscript, travel journals, 1838-1839, other individuals' reminiscences of Gray and clippings, correspondence with family members, colleagues and scientific societies and serveral notebooks containing descriptions of specimens in various herbaria, mostly in Europe. Correspondence documents the lifestyle of upperclass Bostonians, and provides insights into faculty activities at Harvard as well as describing certain events such as the Wilkes Expedition.

The collection also contains Jane Gray's letters to her family while in Europe, her diaries, and materials pertaining to the book, Letters of Asa Gray, which she edited. In addition, the collection includes ten daguerreotype portraits of botanists.

Asa Gray Papers. Archives, Gray Herbarium Library, Harvard University Herbaria.

Gray was born in Sauquoit, N.Y. in 1810 and educated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Fairfield (Ph.D., 1831). He taught at Utica Gymnasium, 1832-1834; Hamilton College, 1834; University of Michigan, 1838-1842; and Harvard University, 1842-1873. Gray established systematic botany at Harvard; his herbarium became the nucleus of the Gray Herbarium at Harvard; and he also wrote several botanical textbooks such as Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States. In 1848 Gray married Jane Loring who accompanied him on most of his travels and chronicled them in her letters to her family. After Gray's death in 1888 she prepared an edition of his letters which was published in 1893. For further information see: A. Hunter Dupree's Asa Gray, 1810-1888 (Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1959).

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