McKelvey, Susan Delano,1883-1964. Papers of Susan Delano McKelvey,1919-1964 (inclusive)
: A Finding Aid.
Archives of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
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Repository: Archives of the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University
Creator: McKelvey, Susan Delano,1883-1964.
Title: Papers, 1916-1964 (inclusive).
Quantity: 12 linear feet (12 boxes)
Susan Delano McKelvey bequeathed her papers to the Arnold Arboretum in her 1960 will.
The papers were received following her death in 1964. The HOLLIS # for this collection
is 000603225 and the file name is ajp00030.
Researchers seeking to examine archival materials are strongly encouraged to make
an appointment. The Director, or an office of origin, may place restrictions on the
use of some or all of its records. The extent and length of the restriction will be
determined by the Director, office of origin, and the Archivist and will be enforced
equally for all researchers. Materials pertaining to McKelvey's research on Yuccas
are currently held at the Library of the Gray Herbarium in Cambridge, MA. Researchers
wishing access Yucca-related materials described in this finding aid should contact
the Library of the Gray Herbarium directly.
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Susan Delano McKelvey was born in 1883 in Philadelphia, PA; a socialite and cousin
of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. A 1906 graduate of Bryn Mawr, she married a young attorney Charles Wylie McKelvey in 1907. The couple had two sons. She later left New York and her husband to start
a new life in Boston. The couple officially divorced in 1930.
In 1919, McKelvey contacted Charles Sprague Sargent, the director of the Arnold Arboretum, and as a volunteer was first assigned to washing
clay pots. Sargent later sent Ms. McKelvey on botanical expeditions to Glacier National Park and the White Mountains of New Hampshire with Professor John G. Jack as her mentor. With Sargent's encouragement, McKelvey began to study Arboretum plants
under the tutelage of William H. Judd, the Arboretum's plant propagator. Turning her attention to lilacs, McKelvey studied intently and for the next seven years conducted lilac research in
the United States,Canada,England and France. In 1928, her book The Lilac: A Monograph was published and she became an authority on the genus Syringa.
With the death of Charles Sprague Sargent in 1927, McKelvey was appointed to Harvard's Committee to Visit the Arnold Arboretum and in 1931 was appointed research associate, two positions she held for the rest
of her Arnold Arboretum career. McKelvey focused on the study of yuccas and plants of the American Southwest and botanized extensively in this area on plant collecting expeditions. The resulting
work, Yuccas of the South Western United States was published in two volumes in 1938 and 1947. In 1944, McKelvey started her third
and last book, the well-received Botanical Exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West 1790-1850, which was published in 1956.
As a Visiting Committee member dedicated to the Arboretum, McKelvey actively opposed
the implementation of the Bailey Plan (1945), which diverted Arboretum funds and sought the transfer of Arboretum resources
to other Harvard departments. It became known as the Arnold Arboretum Controversy and was played out in a divisive court battle during the 1950s and 1960s. Susan Delano
McKelvey died in 1964, a successful botanist, author, and authority on lilacs and
yuccas. For additional biographical information, consult the article "A Life Redeemed:
Susan Delano McKelvey and the Arnold Arboretum" by Edmund A. Schofield that appears
in Arnoldia v.47 no.4 Fall 1987 pp.9-23.
The McKelvey papers were willed to the Arnold Arboretum in 1960 and remain largely
in their original order by subject. The collection is arranged into six series: Series I: Biographical Material (added by Arboretum staff) Series II: Correspondence Series III: Association with the Arnold Arboretum - Arnold Arboretum Controversy
and Visiting Committee Series IV: Publications & Related Research
Series V: Collected Works Series VI: Photographs & Negatives
- Sub Series IV A: The Lilac
- Sub Series IV B: The Yucca
- Sub Series IV C: Botanical Explorations
The McKelvey papers span the years 1919-1964 and include articles, research papers
and notes, correspondence,photographs,maps and manuscripts. The collection reflects her activities as a member of the Arboretum Visiting committee,
a research associate working with lilacs and yuccas, and a botanical explorer of the
Southwestern United States. Dedicated to the Arnold Arboretum, McKelvey was an active
supporter of the Arboretum through a divisive court battle of the 1950s and 1960s
known as the Arnold Arboretum Controversy.
Current version of this finding aid is available at the Archives of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
- Series: I: Biographical Material
- Folder 1:
- Howard, Richard A. "Sarah Gildersleeve Fife Memorial Award," a biography of Susan
D. McKelvey. Annual Report of the Arnold Arboretum, 1957-58.
- Howard, Richard A. "Susan Delano McKelvey, 1883-1964," an obituary. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, Volume 46, 1965.
- Schofield, Edmund A. "A Life Redeemed: Susan Delano McKelvey and the Arnold Arboretum."
Arnoldia, Volume 47, Number 4 (Fall 1987), pp 9 -23.
- Folder 2:
- "Necklace Causes Gossip," The New York Times, 16 September 1900, p.7, col. 5.
- "Stock Broker Buys Oyster Bay Estate," The New York Times, 4 May 1927, p. 43, col. 4.
- "Gets Reno Divorce from C. W. McKelvey," The New York Times, 4 March 1930, p. 17, col. 2.
- "Charles W. McKelvey," (obituary) The New York Times, 10 January 1957, p. 29, col. 4.
- Photograph of Portrait of William Adams Delano by Dunbar Beck
- Newspaper clipping of December 15, 1929 on the "parting of ways" of the McKelveys.
- Newspaper clipping of March 9, 1930 on the divorce of the McKelveys in Reno.
- Folder 3:. Obituaries
- Obituaries of McKelvey, 1964. The New York Times, Boston Traveler,Boston Herald, Boston Globe.
- McKelvey notes for her obituary.
- Folders 4-5:. McKelvey Correspondence 1949-1964
- Research Requests & Notes
Also included: disposal of personal library, donation of painting of Fothergilla to
Museum of Fine Arts.
- Folder 6:. Photographs
- 4 Photographs (six copies each) with negatives of SDK from Edmund Schofield's article.
"A Life Redeemed." Arnoldia Vol. 47, No. 4, Fall 1987.
- Series: II: Correspondence
- Folder 1:. McKelvey Photocopied Correspondence, 1923-1956.
Letters assembled by Edmund Schofield from:
the California Academy of Sciences, Arnold Arboretum, New York Botanical Garden,
Harvard University Archives, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1986-1987 for his article
"A Life Redeemed."
- To Eastwood from McKelvey, 1923-1946.
- To McKelvey from Eastwood, 1934-1948.
- To Kelsey from McKelvey, 1924-1927.
- To William Judd from Oakes Ames, 1930.
- To McKelvey from John Hendley Barnhart, 1934.
- To E.D. Merrill from McKelvey, 1935-1943.
- To McKelvey from Rheder, 1936.
- To Mangelsdorf from McKelvey, 1941-1947.
- To McKelvey from Mangelsdorf, 1941-1947.
- To Whitehill from McKelvey, 1951-1956.
- To McKelvey from Whitehill, 1951-1955.
- To Anthosen Press from Whitehill, 1954-1956.
- To Whitehill from Anthosen Press, 1953-1956
- To Whitehill from Howard, 1955
- Folder 2: Correspondence & Reprints
- Letters from Oakes (55) and Blanche Ames (6) to Susan McKelvey, 1927-1949. Richard
- Nov.28. McKelvey note on letter from Ames
:..."she (a student at the Bussey Institution) though received a degree, her subject
matter never got beyond the card stage, while I published The Lilacs."
- June 23. Ames to McKelvey. Research Assistant title.
- Feb. 29, 1939. Ames to McKelvey. Room at the Botanical Museum.
- March 9, 1944. Ames to McKelvey.
"a wealth of correspondence bearing heavily on the work of our early American botany"
at Kew and the British Museum of Natural History.
- Nov. 15, 1945. Ames to McKelvey
Progress of your work on early American botanists.
- Nov. 23, 1946. American Medical Botanists.
- Thomas Nuttall in Two Years Before the Mast. Vol. 2, p. 359.
- Sept. 30, 1947. Yuccas of the South Western U.S. "arrived."
- Nov. 19, 1947. Recognition of Botanical Contributions.
"...you have won for yourself a rather lofty place in the botanical field."
- Nov. 9, 1948. Quotations Discussed.
- Feb. 6, 1949. Richard Schultes.
"My star student whose life-work I inspired."
- Feb. 21, 1949.
"I think you are honor bound to reveal more of yourself. In the final analysis it
is what you have deduced from your conscientious labors that the serious reader will
expect to find spicing the text."
- Feb. 28, 1949.
"It occurs to me again and again (and again) that the marvelous abundance of your
research should give birth to a racy abridgment, - a book of say 300 pages."
- March 4, 1949.
"You must publish the evidence of your research as a distinctly valuable contribution
to botanical history, ... "
- July 20, 1949. Letter on nomenclature.
"..think you have followed a wise course in avoiding the attempt to modernize the
botanical names used by your heroes."
- September 4, 1950. Letter from Blanche Ames to McKelvey.
- May 7, 1950. Letter from Blanche Ames concerning Oakes' death.
- May 27, 1951. Letter from Blanche Ames discussing women as scientists.
- July 24, 1951. Letter from Blanche Ames.
- December 3, 1955. Letter from Blanche Ames concerning Oakes' letter.
- Folder 2: Correspondence & Reprints
- Oakes Ames' Orchid Herbarium. by Charles Schweinfurth. July, 1950.
- The Rediscovery of a Lost Orchid. Oakes Ames. Boston, 1946 Merrymount Press, Boston. American Orchid Society Bulletin. v.9(1939) 29-30.
- Pollination in Coryanthes. Oakes Ames. American Orchid Society Bulletin. 10 (1941) 146-150.
- The Pollinia of Orchids. Oakes Ames. Reprinted from American Orchid Society Bulletin. 13 (1944) 190-194.
- The Strange Case of Catasetum Barbatum. Oakes Ames. Reprinted from American Orchid Society Bulletin. 13 (1945), 289-294.
- Vanilla. Oakes Ames. Reprinted from American Orchid Society Bulletin. 14 (1945) 274-275.
- The Evolution of the Orchid Flower. Oakes Ames. Reprinted from American Orchid Society Bulletin. 14 (1946) 355-360.
- Obituary of Oakes Ames. Harvard Gazette Vol. XLVII, Sat. Feb. 23, 1952, No. 22 (Died April 28, 1950).
- Series: III: Association with the Arnold Arboretum
- Folder 1:. Arnold Arboretum Controversy (The Bailey Plan)
- "A Visit to the Arnold Arboretum." By W.J. Bean of the Royal Gardens, Kew. Reprinted
from the Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information of the Royal Gardens, Kew. Oct. 1910.
- "The Arnold Arboretum: What it is and does." By Charles Sprague Sargent, Director.
Reprint from The Garden Magazine, Nov. 1917.
- "Dr. Sargent's Contribution to Forestry in America." American Forestry, Vol. 27, 335 Henry S. Graves 1921 (2 copies).
- "Charles Sprague Sargent." By Ernest H. Wilson, Obituary. The Harvard Graduate Magazine. Vol. 35 #140 1927.
- "Discussion of Charles Sargent's will." The Statist, Sept. 10, 1927. (Includes handwritten McKelvey note.)
- "President Conant's Commencement Address." Extract from Harvard Alumni Bulletin, 1935.
- "Botany and its Applications at Harvard." June 1945. (Handwritten notes by McKelvey)
- "Report of the Coordinating Committee on Biological Sciences." 1949 (Handwritten notes
- "Celebration of 300th Anniversary of Harvard." Time Magazine. May 29, 1950.
- "The Arnold Arboretum and the Bailey Plan." May, 1951.
- "Report on the Questions Raised by the Bailey Plan." March 1, 1952.
- "The Arnold Arboretum Controversy."
- "Dr. Howard's War." (Richard A. Howard). Clippings from Science Aug. 10, 1953.
- Howard's Curriculum Vitae, 1917-1953.
- "Harvard's View of the Controversy over the Arnold Arboretum." July, 1954.
(Copious notes by McKelvey).
- Harvard Graduate's Magazine. 1954, reprint of 1918 publication.
- "What is an Arboretum?" John C. Wister. Bulletin of the Garden Club. Vol. 42 #5 Sept. 1954.
- Harvard Alumni Bulletin. clippings: New professors.
- List of overseers of Harvard College.
- Comments on activities of McCarthy and the Fifth Amendment.
- Godfrey L. Cabot, article. Harvard Alumni Bulletin April 17, 1954.
- "The Raid on the Arnold Arboretum." Peter J. Cascio, Past President American Association
of Nurserymen. February, 1955 (Leaflet).
- "A Letter and a Memorandum from a Professor at Harvard to the President of the University,"
1956. (Ivan M. Johnson).
- A note from the Association for the Arnold Arboretum. 1957.
- "A Correspondence between a Professor at Harvard and the President of the University."1956.
(Ivan M. Johnston and President Nathan Pusey).
- Statement of the Winterthur Conference on the Arnold Arboretum. 1956.
(McKelvey notes on conferees attached)
- Letter from George L. Slate to President Nathan Pusey. March, 1957.
Conference held at Winterthur, November 1956 which discussed the fate of the Arnold
- "The Arnold Arboretum Controversy: A Question and Answer Review." May, 1958.
- No date. "Oakes Ames: A Biological Sketch." Paul C. Mangelsdorf.
- "The Arnold Arboretum." Christian Science Monitor.
- "The Arnold Arboretum Controversy."
- Charles Sprague Sargent Fund.
McKelvey: "So far as I know, I possessed the only copy of the contributions (and donors)
to the C.S.S. Fund, (it was the property of my brother M. Delano as the main worker
on the N.Y. committee), along with many other papers I gave to Mike Farley, but have
never been able to retrieve any of them.
- Newspaper Clippings
photograph of Honorary Degree Recipients; biography of Godfrey Lowell Cabot; biography
of Grenville Clark
- Folder 2:. Visiting Committee
- 1953. Harvard Corporation statement concerning "communist" faculty members.
- 1956. Letter from Dr. Charles C. Lund.
concerning "amazing anonymous notice" relating to Oppenheimer.
- 1957. Newspaper cuttings concerning Oppenheimer's appointment as William James Lecturer.
Boston Herald, 1957.
- 1959-1960. Arnold Arboretum. Director's Report.
- 1961-1962. Arnold Arboretum. Director's Report.
- 1962 May. On greenhouses. Arnoldia
- 1962. Postcard to McKelvey with signatures of Arnold Arboretum Visiting Committee.
- 1962. Letter of appointment to Visiting Committee.
- 1962-1963. Committee Assignment Handbook.
- 1963. Harvard's acknowledgment of McKelvey's gifts.
Books, photographs and office equipment.
- No date. News clipping: "State to sue Harvard in Arboretum Battle."
- No date. Assorted maps of Arboretum.
- No date. Arnold Arboretum. Handbook.
- No date. Plants for Arnold Arboretum greenhouse.
- Folder 3:. Report to the Visiting Committee. October 19, 1949.
- Series: IV: Publications
- Publications IVA: The Lilacs
- "Uebersicht über die Arten der Gattung Syringa L.," Von K. Starcs, Riga. Von Mitteilungen der Deutschen Dendrologischen Gesellschaft. Nr. 40, 1928.
- "Four Charts Of Selected Colors Conforming To Robert Ridgway's Color Standards And
Color Nomenclature." accompaniment to The Lilac by Susan D. McKelvey.
- Black and white plates of 171 photographs used in The Lilac.The Lilac, A Monograph. New York: MacMillan 1928.
Includes an index to the photographs.
- Folder 1:. The Lilac Correspondence
- The Complications of Publishing.
Letters in reference to problems with using Ridgway's color plates, (1928)
- To Ridgway from McKelvey.
- To McKelvey from Ridgway.
- To McKelvey from A. Hoen & Co., Printers
- To Malcolm Donald from McKelvey
- To McKelvey from Macmillan Co.
- To Macmillan Co. from McKelvey
- To A.B. Hoen from Ridgway
- To Ridgway from A.B. Hoen
- To E.H. Wilson from Ridgway
- To Ridgway from E.H. Wilson
- To T.A. Havemeyer from McKelvey
- To McKelvey from Havemeyer
- "Weinig Bekannte Flieder Wildarten"
Article includes photographs reprinted from The Lilac without permission.
- Various letters regarding misuses of McKelvey's photographs:
- "Bird Haven: What it IS and What it IS NOT."
One page article.
- "How to Recognize the Hybrid Lilacs." by Florence B. Robinson.
- Folder 2:. Lilacs Various notes and articles on Syringa.
- "May-time is Lilac-time." Horticulture 26: 5, May 1848.
- Letter from R.T. Gunther to McKelvey.
Includes "Early British Botanists and Their Gardens." Includes John Tradescant the
- Folder 3:. Advertisements, Reviews, Correspondence regarding The Lilac. New York : The Macmillan company, 1928.
Including an "Exhibit of Books by the Members of The Cosmopolitan Club, February 16-28,
- Folder 4:. Various translations of works on Syringa.
- Folder 5:. Research Staff; Advertisement for The Lilac.
- Folders 6-9:. More Lilac materials.
- Folder 10:. Lilac Correspondence and Related Documents
A-Z Arrangement. Selected correspondents include: Edgar Anderson; British Museum;
T.A. Havemeyer. Documents include: Syringa Distribution Maps In Yugoslavia, Photographs;
Survey On The Growing Conditions Of The Lilac In Different Places; etc.
- Publications IV B. The Yuccas
Please note that the Yucca material has transferred to the Library of the Gray Herbarium
in Cambridge, MA. The description of the Yucca material remains herewith to provide
a description of existing material. For access to this material, please contact the
Library of the Gray Herbarium.
- Folder 1:. Yucca Diaries, Memos, Annotated Articles
- Notes to Mr. Judd from McKelvey. No date.
- Diary of Susan D. McKelvey (photocopy), "Trip to Glacier National Park Montana, August
- September 1921," annotated.
- "List of woody plants collected in Glacier National Park, Montana. August and September
1921 and at other localities as indicated." (Typewritten with handwritten notes.)
- Journal of the Arnold Arboretum v.29 no. 4, October 1938.
Mentions McKelvey and her contributions to the Arnold Arboretum.
- Yuccas of the Southwestern United States: Part One
- Yuccas of the Southwestern United States: Part Two
- "A New Agave from Arizona." By S. D. McKelvey. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum: v. 30 1949.
- Folder 2:. Yucca: Postcards, Pictures, Notes, Articles
- "Notes on Yucca," by S. D. McKelvey. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, v.16 1935.
- "Variation in Yucca Whipplei." by Lee Haines. Madroño, v.6 no. 2 (April 1941) pp 33-45.
- "Arctomecon Californicum," by S. D. McKelvey. The National Horticultural Magazine October 1934.
- "Taxonomic and Cytological Relationships of Yucca and Agave," by S. D. McKelvey and
Karl Sax. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, v.11 1933.
- "A Verification of the Occurrence of Yucca Whipplei in Arizona." by S. D. McKelvey.
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, v.15 1934.
- Missouri Botanical Garden: Thirteenth Annual Report 1902. St. Louis, MO. Pub. by the
Board of Trustees
- Scientific Papers. The Yucceae by William Trelease.
Annotated by McKelvey. 2 copies
- Three logbooks of photographs 1929, 1931, 1935-36
- Four red, bound, Travel Journals 1928-1930,1932, 1934.
Itineraries, newspaper clippings, notes, collection descriptions.
- Folder 3:. Yucca: Postcards & Research Notes
- Folder 4:. Agave Palmeri
Descriptive notes on A. Palmeri, photographs, postcard.
- Folder 5:. Agave Foccunda
Includes photographs, articles
- Folder 6:. Agave Virginica :
1933 Photograph; 1924, 1928 Articles.
- Folder 7:. "Paintings of Chinese Prints." Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, v.11 no. 2.
- Folder 8:. Agaves:
Eight photographs, Postcards, Clippings
- Folder 9:. Agave Jamaica:
Photographs, Notes and Illustrations 1935.
- Folder 10:. Agave Delamateri:
Articles and Notes
- Publications IV C. Botanical Exploration
Contains various personal maps, (road, aeronautical charts, and geologic), of the routes followed by McKelvey in
her plant collecting expeditions. These maps are mainly of Arizona,Texas,New Mexico,Nevada,Utah,Colorado,Mexico and California. Includes her own notes and markings. McKinley's Desk Outline Maps. Apparently used
as notes for Botanical Exploration. Annotated.
- Articles & Reprints
- "Comments by the author." One and one half typed pages by Susan D. McKelvey on Botanical Exploration.
- The Washington Historical Quarterly, Vol. I, no. 1 October 1906. "Documents - First Attempt to Ascend Mt. Rainier" (underlined)
- The Washington Historical Quarterly, Vol. III, no. 3 July 1912. "Documents - Journal of William Fraser Tolmie" (underlined)
- The Washington Historical Quarterly Vol. XXI, no. 3 July 1930. (Five copies) "Documents - Our First Official Horticulturist
- The Brackenridge Journal."
- The Washington Historical Quarterly Vol. XXIII, no. 3 July 1932. "Documents - Diary of Doctor W. F. Tolmie" (underlined)
- Quarterly of the California Historical Society Vol. XII, no. 4. "Cordua Memoirs."
- Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. Vol. 94, no. 1 February 27, 1950.
- The Russians in California; San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1933.
- The Visit of the "Rurik" to San Francisco in 1816, by August C. Mahr. Stanford University Press, 1932.
- Oregon Historical Quarterly. Vol. XXXIV, no. 4 December 1933. Contains: "William Johnson," by Henry E. Reed.;
and "Scientists in Early Oregon," by B. A. Thaxter.
- Oregon Historical Quarterly. Vol. XL, no. 2 June, 1939
(cover and table of contents only).
- Oregon Historical Quarterly. Vol. XLI, no. 2 June, 1940
(cover and table of contents only).
- Oregon Historical Quarterly. Vol. XLII, no. 1 March, 1941.
Contains: "Rendezvous Period of the American Fur Trade," by Carl P. Russell
- Oregon Historical Quarterly. Vol. XLII, no. 2 June, 1941
(cover and table of contents only).
- Oregon Historical Quarterly. Vol. XLII, no. 4 December, 1941
(cover and table of contents only).
- The British Columbia Historical Quarterly. October, 1940.
Contains: "David Douglas in British Columbia," by A. G. Harvey.
- The British Columbia Historical Quarterly. January, 1945.
Contains: "The Royal Navy on the Northwest Coast, 1813-1850. Pt. 1" by Longstaff and
- The British Columbia Historical Quarterly. April, 1945.
Contains: "The Royal Navy on the Northwest Coast, 1813-1850. Pt. 2" by Longstaff and
- The British Columbia Historical Quarterly. October, 1946.
Contains review on Hubert Howe Bancroft, Historian of the West, by Lamb; and "John
Jeffrey: Botanical Explorer."
- Leaflets of Western Botany. Vol. II, nos. 2, 4-10, 1938-1939.
- Leaflets of Western Botany. Vol. III, no. 7, July 21, 1942.
- Leaflets of Western Botany. Vol. IV, no. 2, April 28, 1944.
All issues of Leaflets... have markings designating the articles of importance to
- Southwest Review. Vol. 17, no. 4, Summer 1932.
Contains: "Ferdinand von Roemer: Naturalist of the Early Southwest" by Samuel Wood
- Southwest Review. Vol. 18, no. 4, Summer 1933.
Contains: "Berlandier in Texas" by Samuel Wood Geiser.
- The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society. Vol. V, no. 1, March 1904.
- The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society. Vol. V, no. 2, June 1904.
Contains: "Beginnings of Oregon Exploration and Early Settlement at the Mouth of the
Columbia River," by H. W. Scott.
- The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society. Vol. V, no. 3, September 1904.
Contains: "Botanists of the Oregon Country," by Ansel F. Hemenway and "Literary Remains
of David Douglas, Botanist of the Oregon Country- I."
- The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society. Vol. V, no. 4, December 1904.
Contains: "Sketch of a Journey to Northwestern Parts of the Continent of North America
During the Years 1824-1827 - II" by David Douglas, F.L.S.
- The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society. Vol. VI, no. 1, March 1905.
Contains: "The Higher Significance in the Lewis and Clark Exploration" by F. G. Young
and "The Story of Lewis and Clark's Journals" by Reuben Gold Thwaites, L.L.D. and
David Douglas's "Sketch of a Journey pt. III."
- The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society. Vol. VI, no. 2, June 1905.
Contains: "Dr. John Scouler's Journal of a Voyage to Northwest America" and "Sketch
of a Journey pt. IV."
- The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society. Vol. VI, no. 3, September 1905.
Contains: "Dr. John Scouler's Journal of a Voyage to Northwest America - III" and
"Second Journey to the Northwestern Parts of the Continent of North America, 1829-1834
- V" by David Douglas.
- The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society. Vol. VI, no. 4, December 1905.
Contains: "Meriweather Lewis" by Andrew T. Lewis and "Sketch of a Second Journey to
the Northwestern Parts of the Continent of North America, and to the Sandwich Islands,
During the Years 1829 -1834" by David Douglas.
- "Flower Color Detector: a Way to Identify and Name Flower Colors," 1953
Four page color guide adapted from the Wanscher Flower Color Chart by the American
Horticultural Council, Inc.
- The Home Gardener's Pronouncing Dictionary. Compiled for Better Homes and Gardens by Alfred Carl Hottes. Des Moines: Meredith
Publishing Co, 1937.
- Sources of the History of Oregon, Vol. I, pts. 3-6. Eugene, Oregon: University Press, 1899. "The Bear - Poppies" (article)
by Rupert C. Barneby.
(no source citation)
- Five loose leaf books with extensive notes (manuscript of ) Botanical Exploration of Trans-Mississippi West 1790-1850
- Alphabetized notes, quotes, citations, letters.
- "Some American Medical Botanists" (list)
- "History, U.S.A" (section of her writing)
- "List of explorations" (section of her writing)
- "Explorations by sea" (section of her writing)
- "Western U.S. 1800-1832, 1832-1844, 1843-1852" (sections of her writing)
New England; Middle Atlantic; Southeastern; Other Southern; Great Lakes Region; Trans-Mississippi;
Great Plains and Western Mountains; Northwest (Pacific Northwest); Alaska; District
of Columbia ; Canada ; Mexico; Lower California
- Notes, "Wallace, Edward S. The great reconnaissance"
- 1849-1856 "United States and Mexican Boundary Surveys"
- Articles, Books, Reprints, Research Notes
- Botanical Exploration Of The Trans-Mississippi West, 1790-1850 By Susan D. McKelvey, 1955.
(McKelvey's second personal copy, with annotations on ..." typographical errors, additions,
- Reports Of Explorations And Surveys, To Ascertain The Most Practicable And Economical
Route For A Railroad From The Mississippi River To The Pacific Ocean 1835-1856 Vol. XI
(Susan D. McKelvey's personal annotated copy)
- Press Release for Botanical Exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West 1790-1850.
- Notes/Corrections for Botanical Exploration book.
- Arthur H. Clark Co.
Letters (1954) in reference to receiving permission to quote from Pioneer Days in
the Early Southwest, by Grant Foreman: To P.W. Galleher From Richard A Howard ; To
Karl Sax From P.W. Galleher ; To Richard A Howard From P.W. Galleher.
- Permission letters
Letters applying for and receiving permission to quote material in Botanical Exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West 1790-1850.
- American Guide Series
Handwritten notes by McKelvey on each state.
- Correspondents and Letters
- Horner, Nell. Librarian of Missouri Botanical Garden.
Correspondents also include Bertha Dodge; Charles A. Geyer; H.W. Ricket of N.Y. Botanical
- Correspondence. E. J. Salisbury, Director Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
- Ownbey, Marion (State College, Washington)
- "The Search for Dr. Mersh"
- Hacket, Margaret (Boston Athenaeum Library)
- Schwarten, Lazella (Arnold Arboretum Librarian)
- Geyer, Charles A.
Geyer: Botanical Notes on Charles A. Geyer, Oregon Historical Quarterly Vol. XLI 1940, and Vol. XLII 1941
- Charles A. Geyers Letters
- George C. Thorburn, 1843 Letter
- 1 Letter to Torrey and Gray, 1843
- Letter to Sir William Hooker, 1843
- 1 Letter/journal 1844 (no salutation)
- Joseph Burke Letters:
14 Letters to Sir William Hooker, 1842-1847.
- William Gambel Letters, Other correspondence:
- Charles A. Geyer Letters:
18 Letters to Sir William J. Hooker May 1845 - March 1847 4 Copies (1 incomplete)
- Alexander Gordon Letters:
6 Letters to Sir William J. Hooker, Aug. 1844 - April 1845
- Series: V: Collected Works
- Articles & Reprints
- "Arctomecon Californicum." National Horticultural Magazine, Volume 13, Number 4 (October 1934), pages 349 and 350.
- "The Arnold Arboretum." Harvard Alumni Bulletin, Volume 38, Number 5 (January 17, 1936), pages 464 to 472.
- Botanical Exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West, 1790-1850. Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts: Arnold Arboretum, 1938.
II A-4, Box 7a (McKelvey's personal copy); also on shelf, Call # Va M19 and Va M19
- "A Discussion of the Pacific Railroad Reports as Issued in the Quarto Edition." Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, Volume 40, Number 1 (January 1959), pages 38 to 67.
- The Lilac: a Monograph. New York: Macmillan Company, 1928.
- "A New Agave from Arizona." Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, Volume 30, Number 3 (July
1949), pages 227 to 230.
- "A New Hybrid Lilac." Horticulture, Volume 5, Number 15 (August 1, 1927), page 302.
- "Notes on Yucca." Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, Volume 16, Number 2 (April 1935), pages 268 to 271.
- "Syringa Rugulosa, a New Species from Western China." Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, Volume 6, Number 3 (July 1925), pages 153 and 154.
- "Taxonomic and Cytological Relationships of Yucca and Agave." Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, Volume 14, Number 1 (January 1933), pages 76 to 81.
(Written with Professor Karl Sax).
- "A Verification of the Occurrence of Yucca Whipplei in Arizona." Journal of the Arnold Arboretum, Volume 15, Number 4 (October 1934), pages 350 to 352.
- "A White Pine Blister Rust Demonstration." Horticulture, Volume 10, Number 18 (September 15, 1932), page 331.
- Yuccas of the Southwestern United States. Part One. Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts: Arnold Arboretum, 1938.
- Yuccas of the Southwestern United States. Part Two. Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts: Arnold Arboretum, 1947.
- Folder 1:. Auguste Adolph Lucien Trecul
Numerical list of his collections in Botanical Exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West 1790-1851, page 1049.
- Folder 2:. Charles A. Geyer Letters
- Charles A. Geyer, 12 Letters 1842-1846
- Folder 3:. Archibald Menzies
- Menzies' Journal
These records appear to be recorded during the period May 20,1793 - October 5, 1793,
aboard the Discovery under the command of George Vancouver. There are a few references
to botanizing; most of the entries are on exploration and the exchanges with local
Indians. There is no specific reference which would positively identify the author,
but all the evidence points to Menzies who had been appointed surgeon-naturalist aboard
the flagship Discovery. There are many references to Sir Joseph Banks who had arranged
In Botanical Exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West, 1790-1850, S. D. McKelvey quotes from Menzies' journal. The entries she uses cover the following
periods: April 8 - October 13, 1792 ; November 14, 1792 - January 14, 1793 ; May 2
- 5, 1793 ; October 15 - December 8, 1793.
- Folders 4-5:. Augustus Fendler
- Series: VI: Yucca Photographs & Negatives