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COLLECTION Identifier: gra00037

Rae Baldwin Kennedy field notees

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 17 field notebooks and loose sheets of field notes, dated 1927-1939. Notebooks list specimens by collection date.


  • 1927-1939


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0.6 linear feet (18 items in shared box 5)


Rae Casena Baldwin was born on October 30, 1879, in Indiana. She received a Ph.B. from the University of Chicago in 1903 and taught mathematics in the New York City Normal College from around 1907 to 1910. In the summer of 1908 she traveled to Labrador, Canada, where she met Sinclair Kennedy, the son of amateur botanist George Golding Kennedy. The couple married in 1910 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and settled in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Kennedy and her husband were both active in the war effort during the First World War. She trained as a nurses’ aide with the Red Cross and both were in the National Security League. The Kennedys were active in the Appalachian Mountain Club and traveled frequently. Between 1927 and 1939, Kennedy collected in several places around the world, including Bermuda, Newfoundland, Mallorca, and Switzerland. She died on August 1, 1952.


George Golding Kennedy Papers, Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University

Kennedy RB. 1916. Report and recommendations on the training course for nurses’ aids. Quarterly record of the Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital Alumnae Association. 6(3):9-18.

National Security League. 1917. Proceedings of the Congress of Constructive Patriotism at Washington, 1917. New York: National Security League, Inc.


The Kennedy field notebooks were found with additional materials given by Kennedy’s sister, Mrs. Horace E. Stump, in 1952 and 1953. They may have been included in her gift.

Related Materials

Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria: George Golding Kennedy papers.

Other related material at Harvard University: Sinclair Kennedy papers, 1905-1946, Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.

Processing Information

Processed by Lynn McWhood

January 1982

Kennedy, Rae Casena Baldwin, 1879-1952. Rae Baldwin Kennedy field notes, 1927-1939: A Guide.
Botany Libraries, Gray Herbarium Library, Harvard University.
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Repository Details

Part of the Botany Libraries, Gray Herbarium Library, Harvard University Repository

The Harvard University Herbaria houses five research libraries that are managed collectively as the Botany Libraries. The Gray Herbarium Library specializes in the identification and classification of New World plants with emphasis on North American plants. The Archives of the Gray Herbarium houses unique resources including personal papers, institutional records, field notes and plant lists, expedition records, photographs, original artwork, and objects from faculty, curators, staff, and affiliates of the Gray Herbarium.

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