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Call No.: gra00029
Repository: Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Gray, Jane Loring, 1821-1909
Title: Jane Loring Gray correspondence
Date(s): 1848-approximately 1895
Quantity: 1 collection (4 folders in file cabinet H)
Language of materials: English
Other related material at the Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria:
- Asa Gray correspondence files, 1832-1892: Series I. Correspondence to Asa Gray, Series II. Correspondence from Asa Gray, Series VII. Europe 1850-1851, and Series X. Jane Gray Correspondence.
- Jane Gray autograph collection, 1563-1908.
Other related material at Harvard University:
- Papers of the Loring Family, Schlesinger Library.
In the Beverly Historical Society and Museum, Beverly, Massachusetts
- Loring Family Papers, 1833-1943
In the Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield, Connecticut
- Loring Family Correspondence, 1812-1863.
Jane Lathrop Loring was born on August 27, 1821, to Charles Greely Loring, a prominent Boston attorney, and Anna (Pierce) Brace Loring. Though the family lived in Boston Jane spent a good deal of time with her mother's family in Litchfield, Connecticut. After her mother's death in 1836 Jane ran her father's house in Boston. She married Harvard botanist Asa Gray on May 4, 1848 and lived with him at a house in the Harvard Botanic Garden in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Jane suffered from poor health for most of her life. She and Asa never had children, but she took an active interest in her husband's work and accompanied him on most of his voyages, chronicling their travels in letters to her family. While living in Cambridge she was a member of the Female Humane Society of Cambridge, which was founded to assist indigent women. She also corresponded with many botanists and their families. After Asa's death in January 1888, she devoted herself to memorializing him, preparing his letters for publication and contributing funds toward the establishment of the Asa Gray Professorship. She continued to live at the Botanic Garden until her death in 1909.SourcesDupree AH. 1959. Asa Gray. Cambridge (MA): The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
The collection consists of letters to Jane Gray from her family and others and one letter from Jane to a relative. It also contains a small notebook of biographical sketches about Asa Gray.