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Call No.: gra00001
Repository: Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Oakes, William, 1799-1848.
Title: William Oakes letters to James Watson Robbins
Quantity: 1 collection (50 letters, in 6 folders, in file cabinet P1)
Language of materials: English
Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria: Asa Gray correspondence files, 1832-1892; James Watson Robbins Papers.
William Oakes was born on July 1, 1799, in Danvers, Massachusetts. He entered Harvard in 1816 and developed a strong interest in natural history under the tutelage of William Dandridge Peck. After graduating from Harvard in 1820, Oakes studied law for three years. In 1824 he moved to Ipswich, Massachusetts and began to practice law. A few years later he gave up law and devoted himself to the study of natural history, particularly that of New England. In 1842 he was asked to write a brief description of the flora of the White Mountains for a geological survey report on New Hampshire, and he expended much energy on this project for the rest of his life. On July 31, 1848, he fell off a ferry between Boston and East Boston and drowned.
The collection consists primarily of correspondence. There are about 50 letters from Oakes to James Watson Robbins, dated 1827-1847. There is also a letter written in shorthand to Oakes from an unidentified correspondent and a letter to Robbins from Charles Upham Shepard. Additional materials pertaining to Oakes and Robbins were apparently compiled by Walter Deane.