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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, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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
Language
English.