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COLLECTION Identifier: arn00010

George Russell Shaw papers

Scope and content

This collection contains field notes, illustrative material, research notes, reprints, clippings, photographs, and correspondence relating to Shaw’s work on the genus Pinus.
Notebooks: three notebooks contain field notes from trips to Mexico in 1904 and 1905; one notebook contains notes on pines collected in the Philippines by George Patrick Ahern, David LeRoy Topping, and Elmer Drew Merrill; one notebook consists of notes on specimens consulted at Kew.
Reprints: annotated copies of Shaw’s books, “The pines of Mexico” and “The genus Pinus.” Photographs and correspondence are inserted.
Clippings: mounted clippings of Shaw articles and reviews of his publications as well as annotated copies of three articles on pines by other botanists.
Correspondence: letters from R.H. Beach (1 letter, 1929), Paul Henri Lecomte (1 letter, 1931), Cyrus Guernsey Pringle (8 letters, 1902-1904), William B. Richardson (1 letter, 1917), Renato Robelli (1 letter, 1931), and James Robert Weir (1 letter, 1915); plus one typed letter from Shaw to Charles Sprague Sargent (undated).

Dates

  • 1904-1931

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available by appointment for research. Researchers must register and provide two forms of valid photo identification. Please contact botref@oeb.harvard.edu for additional information.

Extent

1 collection

Biographical note

George Russell Shaw was born on October 28, 1848, in Parkman, Maine, to Samuel Parkman Shaw and Hannah (Buck) Shaw. He received an A.B. from Harvard College 1869 and went on to study architecture at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1873 he opened an architecture firm in Boston. Soon after he formed a partnership with Henry S. Hunnewell. Their firm was responsible for designing many residences and public buildings around Boston as well as Pierce Hall at Harvard. Shaw married Emily Mott in Paris in 1874. Between 1875 and 1878 the couple had three children, Francis, Isabel, and Thomas. In 1902 Shaw retired from architecture to focus on botany. He worked on the genus Pinus at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum and made four trips to Mexico and four to Europe to consult collections. Shaw moved with his family to Concord, Massachusetts in 1910. He continued his work with pines and published “The genus Pinus” in 1914. He also wrote and illustrated a book on ornamental knots. Shaw died in Concord on January 15, 1937.
Sources

George R. Shaw, Architect, Dead. Boston Daily Globe, 1937 Jan. 16: 15.

Lawrence, RM, Hall, WS, Pickering HG. 1919. Eleventh report of the Class of 1869 of Harvard College. Cambridge (MA): Riverside Press.

Hall, WS, Morison, RS. 1908. Tenth report of the Class of 1869 of Harvard College. Boston (MA): Houghton Mifflin Company.

Provenance

The provenance of this collection is unknown.
Title
Shaw, George Russell, 1848-1937. George Russell Shaw papers, 1904-1931: A Guide.
Author
Archives, Arnold Arboretum Library, Harvard University Herbaria
Description rules
dacs
EAD ID
arn00010

Repository Details

Part of the Botany Libraries, Arnold Arboretum Library (Cambridge), Harvard University Repository

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