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Floyd, Frederick Gillan, 1869-1941. Frederick Gillan Floyd autograph collection, 1883-1916: A Guide.

Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: gra00021
Repository: Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Floyd, Frederick Gillan, 1869-1941
Title: Frederick Gillan Floyd autograph collection
Date(s): 1883-1916
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Language of materials: English


The Floyd letters were given to the Gray Herbarium by Floyd on January 12, 1922 with instruction that they "be kept if needed as autographs, etc. Letters not needed, to be destroyed at Mr. Floyd's request."

Processed by:

Lynn McWhood
December 1981

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is available by appointment for research. Researchers must register and provide two forms of valid photo identification. Please contact botref@oeb.harvard.edu for additional information.

Preferred Citation:

Frederick Gillan Floyd autograph collection, Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria: Administrative correspondence of the Gray Herbarium and Harvard University Herbaria, 1890-1965; Botany Libraries photograph collection.


Frederick Gillan Floyd was born in Boston on March 24, 1869 to Frederick and Anna Belinda Floyd (née Luce). Following high school he briefly worked for his father before accepting a position as a surveyor for the Massachusetts Highway Commission. He worked on a project on Nantucket and then went to work as a civil engineer for the City of Boston, where he spent the rest of his career. Floyd married Edith Mackay in 1898; they had no children.
Botany was Floyd's hobby for many years. He was an early member of the New England Botanical Club and an active member of the American Fern Society, serving as treasurer and helping found the American Fern Journal, to which he contributed occasional articles. He built a substantial herbarium specializing in ferns, but sold it and gave up botany after collecting became too physically demanding. After retiring in 1929 Floyd and his wife relocated to California where he devoted his time to philately. He died on January 10, 1941 in Sierra Madre, California.
Vital Statistic Records, Massachusetts Archives
Weatherby CA. 1941. Frederick Gillan Floyd. Amer. Fern J. 32(2):79-80

Scope and Content:

This collection contains letters to Floyd and others from about 60 correspondents. Most correspondents are represented by only one letter. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically and mostly dates from the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

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