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William Wallace Denslow Botanical Manuscripts Collection, 1864-1868
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 64

Abstract:
A druggist who became interested in botany as a means of outdoor exercise to combat tuberculosis and collected a herbarium of 11,000-15,000 U.S. and European species. Collection consists of a single volume of manuscripts, chiefly letters, collected from significant botanists and other individuals, including William Henry Brewer, Mordecai Cubitt Cooke, Asa Gray, Isaac Hollister Hall, Thomas P. James, Horace Mann, Edward Sylvester Morse, Charles Horton Peck, George Edward Post, Frederick Ward Putnam, George Thurber, and John Torrey.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Scope and contents of the collection

The William Wallace Denslow Botanical Manuscripts Collection consists of a single volume of manuscripts, chiefly letters, collected from significant botanists and other individuals, including William Henry Brewer, Mordecai Cubitt Cooke, Asa Gray, Isaac Hollister Hall, Thomas P. James, Horace Mann, Edward Sylvester Morse, Charles Horton Peck, George Edward Post, Frederick Ward Putnam, George Thurber, and John Torrey. They were collected by William Wallace Denslow (1826-1868), a druggist who became interested in botany as a means of outdoor exercise to combat tuberculosis. He collected a herbarium of 11,000-15,000 U.S. and European species that Massachusetts Agricultural College purchased in 1870 with a gift of $2000 from William Knowlton.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: William Wallace Denslow Botanical Collection (MS 64). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Acquired as a gift, 1922. Purchased in 1870 by Massachusetts Agricultural College with a gift of $2000 from William Knowlton.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, 1985.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Abbott, Theophilus C. (President, Mich. Agr. College)
1826-1892

p.1
Allen, Timothy Field. (Surgeon)
1837-1902

p.2
Austin, Coe Finch. (American botanist)
1831-1880

p.3-8
Bedford, P.W.


p.9
Bigelow, John Milton. (Physician)
1804-1876

p.10
Bower, William.


p.11-12
Bradley, Frank H. (Geologist)
1828-1910

p.14
Brewer, William Henry. (Chemist)
1828-1910

p.14
Brewster, J.


p.15
Brocas, Frederic Y. (Botanist)


p.16-19
Browne, Robert H. (Recording Sec. Lyceum of Natural History)
1810-1879

p.20-21
Brunet, Louis Ovide. (American physician and writer)
1826-1876

p.22
Bumstead, Freeman Josiah.
1826-1879

p.23
Canby, William M.
1831-1904

p.24-30
Chapman, Alvan Wentworth. (American botanist)
1809-1899

p.31
Clinton, George W. (American botanist)
1807-1885

p.32
Cooke, Mordecai Cubitt. (English botanist and horticulturist)
1825-1914

p.33-34
Curtis, Moses Ashley. (American botanist)
1808-1872

p.35
Daggett, Alfred.


p.36
Davidson, William I.


p.37-38
Day, David Fisher.
1829-1900

p.39-49
Denslow, E.H. (Member of N.Y. Stock Exchange)


p.50
Denslow, Herbert McKenzie. (Nephew to W.W.D.)
1852-

p.51
Denslow, William Wallace.
1826-1868

p.52
Dewey, Chester. (American educationist and botanist)
1784-1867

p.53
Ditchburn, Robert F.


p.54
Eaton, Daniel Cady. (Botanist)
1834-1895

p.55-56
Filley, M.W.


p.57
Foote, Lewis.


p.58
Fowler, James.
1829-

p.59
Frost, Charles Christopher.
1806-1880

p.60
Gilbert, Benjamin Davis.
1835-1907

p.61-62
Gillman, Henry. (Scientist, author, and diplomatist)
1833-1915

p.63
Gray, Asa. (American botanist)
18l0-1888

p.64
Green, Traill. (Educator)
1813-1897

p.65-66
Hall, Elihu.
1822-1882

p.67-70
Hall, Isaac Hollister. (American Orientalist)
1837-1896

p.71-72
Haynes, Mrs. C.H.


p.73
Hobkirk, Charles Codrington.
1837-1902

p.74
Hunt, George Edward.
1841-1873

p.75-76
Hyatt, James.
1817-1904

p.77
Ironside.


p.78
James, Thomas P. (American botanist)
1803-1882

p.79
Kinghorn, John.


p.80-81
Lapham, Increase Allen.
1811-1875

p.82
Leggett, William Henry. (American botanist)
1816-1882

p.83-84
LeRoy, Peter Vincent.
-1890

p.85-86
McKenzie, Helen R.


p.87
Macoun, John.
1831-1920

p.88-90
Mann, Horace.
1844-1868

p.91-92
Marshall, Charles D. (Cor. Sec., Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences)


p.93
Mitchell, J.W.


p.94
Morse, Edward Sylvester. (American zoologist)
1838-

p.95
Paine, John Alsop, Jr. (Archaeologist)
1840-1912

p.96
Parsons, Charles. (Financier)


p.97
Peabody, George H.


p.98
Peck, Charles Horton. (N.Y. State Botanist)
1833-1917

p.99-101
Peter, Robert. (American chemist and physician)
1805-1894

p.102
Pierce, Temple. (Lyceum of Natural History)


p.103
Pollard, Frank A.


p.104
Porter, Thomas Conrad. (Educator)
1822-1901

p.105-106
Post, George Edward. (Physician and clergyman)
1838-1909

p.107-108
Putnam, Frederick Ward. (American zoologist and anthropologist)
1839-1915

p.109-110
Ravenel Henry William. (American botanist)
1814-1887

p.111-113
Robbins, James Watson. (Doctor)
1801-1879

p.114
Sartwell, Henry Parker. (American botanist)
1792-1867

p.115-116
Schultz, A.A. (Asst. Assessor, U.S. Internal Revenue)


p.117
Schuyler, Eugene. (Author and diplomat)
1840-1890

p.118
Seymour, J.O. and Co. (Stationers)


p.119
Smith, John. (Curator of Royal Botanic Garden)
1798-1888

p.120
Straznicky, Edward R. (Austrian librarian in America)
1820-1876

p.121
Thurber, George. (Editor, American Agriculturist)
1821-1890

p.122-124
Torrey, John. (American botanist)
1796-1873

p.125-126
Tracy, Cyrus Mason. (Botanist)
1824-1891

p.127
Treat, Mary.
1830-

p.128-132
Tyler, D.A. (Doctor)


p.133
Veitch, Robert.


p.134
Verion Brothers and Company. (Paper warehouse)


p.135
Verrill, Addison Emory. (Marine farmer)
1830-

p.136
Watt, David Allan Poe.
1830-

p.137
Wheatland, Henry. (American naturalist)
1812-1893

p.138-139
White, A.L.


p.140
Whittington, M.E.


p.141
Wood, Alphonso. (American botanist)
1810-1881

p.142
Wood, I.M.


p.143
Wright, Samuel Hart.
1825-1905

p.144-149
Wright, Charles. (American botanist)
1811-1886

p.150
Miscellaneous notes: 1. Robert Gin, 2. Unsigned (New Haven, Conn.) July 6, 1865, 3. Unsigned (Directions to Hudson Park, N.Y.)


p.151

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Subjects
  • Botanists--Correspondence.
  • Botany--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Brewer, William Henry, 1828-1910--Correspondence.
  • Cooke, M. C. (Mordecai Cubitt), b. 1825--Correspondence.
  • Denslow, William Wallace, 1826-1868.
  • Gray, Asa, 1810-1888--Correspondence.
  • Hall, Isaac H. (Isaac Hollister), 1837-1896--Correspondence.
  • James, Thomas Potts, 1803-1882--Correspondence.
  • Mann, Horace, 1844-1868--Correspondence.
  • Morse, Edward Sylvester, 1838-1925--Correspondence.
  • Peck, Charles H. (Charles Horton), 1833-1917--Correspondence.
  • Post, George E. (George Edward), 1838-1909--Correspondence.
  • Putnam, F. W. (Frederic Ward), 1839-1915--Correspondence.
  • Thurber, George, 1821-1890--Correspondence.
  • Torrey, John, 1796-1873--Correspondence.

Contributors
  • Brewer, William Henry, 1828-1910.
  • Cooke, M. C. (Mordecai Cubitt), b. 1825.
  • Gray, Asa, 1810-1888.
  • Hall, Isaac H. (Isaac Hollister), 1837-1896.
  • James, Thomas Potts, 1803-1882.
  • Mann, Horace, 1844-1868.
  • Morse, Edward Sylvester, 1838-1925.
  • Peck, Charles H. (Charles Horton), 1833-1917.
  • Post, George E. (George Edward), 1838-1909.
  • Putnam, F. W. (Frederic Ward), 1839-1915.
  • Thurber, George, 1821-1890.
  • Torrey, John, 1796-1873.

Genre terms
  • Letters (Correspondence).
  • Manuscripts.


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