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COLLECTION Identifier: far00048

Anna M. M. Reid collection

Scope and Contents

The Anna M. M. Reid collection, 1793-2001, is organized in three series. Series I, Edward Tuckerman research, contains Reid's research materials on American botanist Edward Tuckerman (1817-1886) and includes biographical information, correspondence, and Tuckerman's published papers. Series II, Anna Reid papers, contains Reid's published papers, materials on lichens and mosses, and correspondence. The series also includes illustrated plates and descriptions from James Sowerby's English Botany. Series III, Ethel Hutchinson papers, consists of bryologist Ethel Hutchinson's correspondence, notes, plant lists, illustrations, clippings, and lesson plans.


  • 1793-2001


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The collection is open for research by appointment. Researchers must register and provide one form of valid photo identification. Please contact for additional information.


1 collection (7 boxes)

Biographical note: Anna M. M. Reid

Anna Marie Murphy Reid was born in New York City on December 22, 1926, to father Thomas Murphy and mother Annie Keenan Murphy. Anna, who was known as Nancy to friends and family, graduated from Mount St. Vincent College in New York City, earned a master’s degree in chemistry from Purdue University, and received an ALM from the Harvard Extension School. She met Robert Clark Reid at Purdue and they married in 1950. They had a son, Donald, and a daughter, Christine.

Nancy lived in Lexington, Massachusetts, for over 50 years and was highly active in her community. She participated in the Lexington Garden Club and served as a secretary of the Friends of the Farlow in the Harvard University Herbaria. As a bryologist, Nancy contributed specimens to the Herbaria under the standard name A. M. M. Reid. She enjoyed genealogical research and needlepoint. Her husband Robert died in 2006 and Nancy died on May 10, 2012, in Burlington, Massachusetts at the age of 85.

Anna M. Murphy Reid. Legacy. Website (
Biographical note: Ethel Priscella Hutchinson Ethel Priscilla Hutchinson was born Ethel Priscilla Francois in Saugus, Massachusetts, on September 9, 1895. Her father was a country doctor and Ethel received a private education. After her first marriage ended, Ethel moved permanently to Canaan, New Hampshire, in 1936, where she developed an interest in mosses. In 1938, she married the local postmaster, Fred R. Hutchinson, who shared her home until his death in 1962.

Ethel studied moss observation and identification with A. J. Grout and began corresponding with bryologists throughout the world. She developed an herbarium of moss specimens she collected in New Hampshire and Vermont, prepared exhibits for local fairs, and gave moss lessons to New England residents. Ethel published only a few works, but some of them were notable including a bryology guide book called A Guide to the Study of Mosses and the index of the first sixty volumes of The Bryologist. Ethel Hutchinson died on October 31, 1966, in Hanover, New Hampshire. Her herbarium, library, and slide collection were bequeathed to her pupil Anna Reid.


Reid, A. M. M. 1987. Pioneer New England Bryologists - A Prosopography. Occas. Pap. Farlow Herb. Cryptog. Bot. 19: 1-71. Accessed 26 April 2021

Other Finding Aids

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Anna Reid's family donated the collection in 2012.
Reid, Anna M. M. Anna M. M. Reid collection, 1793-2001: A Guide.
Botany Libraries, Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany, Harvard University.
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Part of the Botany Libraries, Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany, Harvard University Repository

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