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Peirce, George, 1808-1896. George Peirce plant list, approximately 1839: 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.: gra00041
Repository: Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Peirce, George, 1808-1896
Title: George Peirce plant list
Date(s): approximately 1839
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder in shared box 5)
Language of materials: English


The Peirce plant list was given to the Gray Herbarium in September 1964 by Ruth Coolidge, a descendant of George Peirce. It was accessioned on June 2, 1966.

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George Peirce plant list, Archives of the Gray Herbarium, Harvard University.


George Peirce was born in 1808 in New Salem, Massachusetts to Warren and Lydia (Farrar) Peirce. He graduated from Harvard College and became a physician. Peirce married Maria C. Haskell, the widowed daughter of his neighbors, Joseph and Catharine Osgood, in 1859. He was an amateur botanist and made collections in the vicinity of New Salem. Peirce died on October 14, 1896 in Petersham. His personal herbarium was presented to the New England Botanical Club by Gregory Smith and Allen B. Cook in 1947.
Vital statistic records, Massachusetts State Archives
White AL. 1905. Genealogy of the ancestors and descendants of John White, vol. 3. Haverhill (MA): Nichols.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a small booklet containing a list of plants. Information is arranged in five columns and includes Latin plant names, two different numbers, and two abbreviations. Nineteen pages have been written on. A note by Reed Clark Rollins at the back of the booklet provides provenance. It is possible the list is an inventory of Peirce's herbarium.

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