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Overview: Correspondence, journals, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, writings, address books, etc., of the Nichols-Shurtleff family of Boston, Massachusetts.
Drawings for the United States Naval Expedition to Japan and United States North Pacific Exploring Expedition
Scope and Contents: The collection consists of 64 black and white drawings created by Isaac Sprague depicting new species of Japanese plants. Asa Gray hired Sprague to create the drawings with the intention of publishing them; however, they were never published. Most of the drawings measure 28 x 37 cm with the exception of two drawings that measure 38 x 55 cm.Asa Gray identified 29 of the drawings by scientific name in pencil on the front. He also wrote “paid” in pencil on the reverse of some plates....
Abstract: The Ernest Henry Wilson papers reflect his contribution to horticulture and botany as a plant collector who, through numerous expeditions to China, Korea, and Japan, introduced many new species into cultivation in arboreta, parks, and private gardens. The collection includes his extensive correspondence written between 1899 and 1930 to Arnold Arboretum staff, mainly Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927), the Arboretum's first director; copies of his letters to other Arboretum explorers and...
Overview: Articles and papers, work journals, photographs, and biographical material of meteorologist and atmospheric scientist Joanne Simpson.
Overview: This small collection consists of letters written by Joseph Hers and photographs taken during Hers’ trips to Asia. Hers, a Belgian citizen, originally went to China as an interpreter with the Belgium Ministry of Foreign Affairs, though he would eventually hold several jobs in that country. Despite describing his own knowledge of botany as “very limited,” between 1919 and 1924, Hers compiled and sent to the Arnold Arboretum over 2000 plant specimens. The materials in this collection primarily...
Overview: Compiled by plant explorer William Purdom, this collection consists primarily of correspondence. There are some photographs and documents relating to expedition expenses. Purdom was dispatched to Asia to collect plants for the first time by C. S. Sargent in 1909. Though he would return to Asia later, this collection is comprised of materials dating from 1909-1912.
Overview: Constitution, by-laws, minutes, programs, travel records, and member biographies of the Women's Travel Club, which was patterned after the Harvard Travellers Club and whose stated purpose was to help other women travelers.
Overview: The Richard P. Strong papers consist of records reflecting the scientific work and career of Richard Pearson Strong. Strong was an expert in tropical medicine and worked in the United States, the Philippines, South America, and Africa.