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COLLECTION Identifier: gra00088

Emily W. Wood photographs of Harvard University Herbaria

Scope and content

This collection contains 267 photographs documenting the career of Emily Wood while employed at the Harvard University Herbaria (HUH) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Most photographs were taken between 1985 and 2008. Wood and various colleagues at HUH are pictured together during working hours, HUH social events, and international travel.


  • 1985-2008, undated

Conditions Governing Access

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


0.3 linear feet (1 flat box)

Biographical note

Emily Walker Wood was born in Lynchburg, Virginia on September 20, 1949 to Virginia and William N. Wood. She attended Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in English in 1971. Wood worked for two years in Winston before attending the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She earned an M.S. degree in Botany in 1975 and was hired by Harvard University Herbaria in 1982 as a Curatorial Assistant. She later became a Curatorial Associate then Collections Manager before retiring in 2015 with the title of Senior Collections Associate. Wood’s botanical interests were in plant systematics, and her duties in the Herbarium included supervising curatorial staff, managing visitors, and writing for specimen loans. She lives in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.


Photographs are arranged chronologically.


Emily Wood donated the photograph collection to Harvard Botany Libraries on August 6, 2018.

Related Materials

Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria: Wood, Emily W. Field Books : 1969-1979 part of the Field notes and plant identification records.

Processing Information

Processed by Catherine Adam, winter 2020.

Processing note

Emily Wood attached post-its with image captions and identifications on the versos of photographs. Post-its were removed and captions were written on photograph versos with Prismacolor non-photo blue pencil. Photographs were then arranged chronologically and housed in archival photograph sleeves.

Wood, Emily W. Emily W. Wood photographs of Harvard University Herbaria,1985-2008, undated: 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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