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Shaw, Elsie Louise. Elsie Louise Shaw Wild Flowers of Eastern North America illustrations, 1887-1934: 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.: 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
Date(s): 1887-1934
Quantity: 1 linear feet (6 folios)
Language of materials: English

Provenance:

Shaw's family arranged for her illustrations to be mounted and housed in eight portfolios. They were donated to the Gray Herbarium by Mrs. Julia W. Carlton.

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:

Elsie Louise Shaw Wild Flowers of Eastern North America illustrations, Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria:
James Franklin Collins papers, 1883-1935.

Biographical note

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.
Sources
Vital Records, 1841-1920, Massachusetts Archives, Boston, Massachusetts.

Scope and content

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.

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