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COLLECTION Identifier: gra00041

George Peirce plant list

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a small booklet containing a list of plants. Information is arranged in five columns and includes Latin plant names, two different numbers, and two abbreviations. Nineteen pages have been written on. A note by Reed Clark Rollins at the back of the booklet provides provenance. It is possible the list is an inventory of Peirce’s herbarium.


  • circa 1839


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0.1 linear feet (1 folder in shared box 5)


George Peirce was born in 1808 in New Salem, Massachusetts to Warren and Lydia (Farrar) Peirce. He graduated from Harvard College and became a physician. Peirce married Maria C. Haskell, the widowed daughter of his neighbors, Joseph and Catharine Osgood, in 1859. He was an amateur botanist and made collections in the vicinity of New Salem. Peirce died on October 14, 1896 in Petersham. His personal herbarium was presented to the New England Botanical Club by Gregory Smith and Allen B. Cook in 1947.


Vital statistic records, Massachusetts State Archives

White AL. 1905. Genealogy of the ancestors and descendants of John White, vol. 3. Haverhill (MA): Nichols.


The Peirce plant list was given to the Gray Herbarium in September 1964 by Ruth Coolidge, a descendant of George Peirce. It was accessioned on June 2, 1966.

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Processed by Lynn McWhood

Peirce, George, 1808-1896. George Peirce plant list, circa 1839: 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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