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Call No.: gra00025
Repository: Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Shaw, Elsie Louise
Title: Elsie Louise Shaw Wild Flowers of Eastern North America illustrations
Quantity: 1 linear feet (6 volumes)
Language of materials: English
Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria: James Franklin Collins papers.
Elsie Louise Shaw born on September 10, 1862 or 1863, in Rockland, Massachusetts, the oldest child of Elijah Anderson Shaw and Frances "Fannie" E. (Dyer) Shaw. She lived in Lexington for most of her life and never married. Shaw collected plants for the University of Maine, the Gray Herbarium, and the New England Botanical Club, and provided illustrations for the 2nd edition of "According to the season" (1902) and the 4th edition of "How to know the wild flowers" (1909), both by Frances Theodora Parsons.SourceVital Records, 1841-1920, Massachusetts Archives, Boston, Massachusetts.
The collection consists of 460 original illustrations of eastern North American wildflowers, arranged by plant family. Many of the illustrations are based on material collected by Harvard Professor Merritt Lyndon Fernald. Additional collectors who provided material for Shaw's illustrations include Charles Duell Lippincott and Arthur Herbert Norton.